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Does Anorexia Exist In Domestic Cats? — 8 Comments

  1. True, Michael,

    That’s why it’s important to make that distinction and educate folks that if their vet diagnoses their cat to be anorexic that they understand exactly what that means and not get confused between the two. It should be up to the veterinarian to explain exactly what the diagnosis means to avoid a huge misunderstandig.

  2. I really do need to clear up the difference between “anorexia” and “Anorexia Nervosa” http://eatingdisorder.org/eating-disorder-information/anorexia-nervosa/ an eating disorder in humans.

    There is a major difference between “anorexia”- meaning a loss of appetite for an extended period of time- which has little to no connection with the psychological problem termed “Anorexia Nervosa” which refers strictly to human emotional problems.

    Since cats do not concern themselves with body image, cats do not suffer from Anorexia Nervosa- they do suffer from anorexia – http://www.virtualhospice.ca/en_US/Main+Site+Navigation/Home/Topics/Topics/Symptoms/Lack+of+Appetite+and+Loss+of+Weight.aspx which can be caused by a medical condition and pain.

    Anorexia in cats is not a mental condition- it is purely physical and when the underlying cause is found and treated appropriately-including getting a cat to eat again by various methods, the cat will once again start eating normally. But it is not a psychological problem in cats, so domestic cats can become anorexic. It’s just a simple terminology unlike the diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa in humans.

    • Thanks Jo. I agree that anorexia means “loss of appetite and inability to eat”. I also agree that the word is used differently between cats and humans. The trouble for me is that we might tend to believe that cats suffer from a mental condition if described as “anorexic”.

  3. If the animal reaches a point of starvation it also starves the cats mental abilities { Brain function as well]. This is what I was attempting to convey.
    Eva say’s

  4. Any animals body will refuse food if it is on the edge of starvation.The body just can’t function properly any longer and begins to shut down. Usually there is heart failure in some degree and all organs are affected. This is why a victim will succumb to this condition [ anorexia ] if the Body and Brain have been deprived past the breaking point.
    Please remember that many children die in Africa_even when help finally comes_& someone intervene’s.

    Starvation is a devastating disease no matter what language it’s in and no matter what living being it inhabits*afflicts*/

    • Any animals body will refuse food if it is on the edge of starvation.The body just can’t function properly any longer and begins to shut down

      Sounds correct but of course what got the cat to that point would have been illness and not a mental illness.

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