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17 yr old cat and eating problems

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Posted by: SqrlGrl at Sat Oct 1 19:33:04 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by SqrlGrl ]  
   

Hi All –

I’ll try to keep this short. I have a 17 yr old cat (yes, 17 – that is not a typo ) who I started feeding canned food about 9 – 10 months ago when I noticed she was losing weight, I thought she may not be eating enough as dry food may have been hurting her teeth. At first she would eat the food – then she started just licking the gravy off. I also noticed she would drink a lot of water and drag her bowl around the kitchen.

About four or five months ago I took her to the vet just for a routine checkup – the vet gave her a clean bill of health – no thyroid problems – only slight problem was her kidney function level is just slightly down and the vet said at that age it was to be expected. The vet was very impressed with her health and age. We asked about food and he said at that age feed her whatever she wants.

I kept her on the canned food until a couple of weeks after the vet visit she got the runs really bad – I mean three to four times a day I was cleaning up what didn’t make the litter box. After doing some research online about elderly cats and diet I decided to try the raw food – except I cook the meat and mix it with brown rice.

At first she would eat it all and I thought problem solved. Now she’s at the point where she is interested in what I cook for a day or two then turns her nose up at it. I have tried chicken, turkey and beef – she eats really well for a day or two then quits. She will treat dry food the same – eat on that for a day or two then quit. All she wants now is NutriCal and water – and she is still dragging her water bowl all around the kitchen.

She will also fall asleep with her head resting on the side of the water bowl. She will spend the day there only moving to go to her food bowl. Also - I mix in Missing Link with her food for supplements.

Anyone have any suggestions – I’m really at a loss on what she will eat. Currently I have three different dry foods – of good quality – and she won’t eat any of them. My other two cats have no problem eating that so it’s not going to waste.

Thanks
SqrlGrl


   

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