Q. My cat is 17 and she still plays and jumps, but barely eats. I touched her with food on her mouth and she jumped. Won't even drink.
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. If your cat has had a sudden change in behavior such as loss of appetite or a disinterest in previously liked foods, it is always good to schedule an appointment with your local vet as the first step. Underlying issues can sometimes make cats not want to eat, and treating them can help get your cat feeling like her old self! Cats are also more drawn to aromatic rather than tasty looking foods, so offering foods that have been warmed up to be "smelly" may entice a cat to eat. Things such as boiled chicken, turkey or plain hamburger may entice your cat to begin eating again. However if she is still not interested after a day, talking with your local vet is best.