I'm going thru the same kind of thing with Abby, the *formerly* food
obsessed senior furball. When I say food obsessed, I mean OBSESSED. I
can only think of one or two times I've actually been able to fill this
cat up to where she couldn't eat another bite. :-)
The past couple of weeks it's been a struggle to get her to eat her
regular amounts. She's eating a lot like people do after they undergo
anesthesia, two maybe three bites and that's all they can squash down
the gullet. The drug she takes, Lasix, tends to depress the appetite,
and that may be the situation with your furry companion. Plus, the
illness can zap the appetite. She's had a terrible case of "The Trots",
which isn't making it any easier on her.
So, we've beefed up the foodstuffs to Science Diet's a/d and the
Science Diet kibble for kittens to increase the nutrition in a smaller
package of foodstuffs. Abby absolutely LOVES the a/d, but still can't
eat more than a 1/3 can at a whack (she could have eaten two, maybe
three in her former days). I also leave a measured amount of kitten
kibble for the one or two mouthful pit stops. I measure it so I can
monitor intake and be sure she's getting enough nutrition.
I know that when I've been on certain meds it has altered my
smell/taste perceptions. Perhaps this is happening with this cat?
Susan and Abby
On Feb 28, 2004, at 5:35 AM, email@example.com wrote:
> Message: 1
> Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 15:51:09 -0000
> From: "jamiya0727" <jamia_w@...>
> Subject: Skinny cat?
> But he looks skinny to me. I weighed him (standing on the scale
> with and without him and taking the difference) but he weighs the
> same as he did at the vet before all of this started. Unless my
> scale is not very accurate.
> I called and asked the cardiologist and she said appetite loss could
> be a symptom of kidney problems, but that should have shown up in
> the blood test.
> I watch him closely and he eats his food, although usually there is
> some left when I go to feed him again.
> Last night he was lying on my chest while I watched a movie, and I
> could hear his breathing. He sounded sort of congested, but
> not "wet". I normally can't hear the cats breathe. Also, sometimes
> when he tries to hiss (at the dog), he will start coughing like he
> is trying to clear a hairball. He hasn't been troubled with
> hairballs for a long time and he never actually hacks one up when he
> is "coughing." I know coughing is a sign of heart disease in people
> and dogs, but I thought cats didn't typically do that?
> I have tried to get Patches on a raw diet, with no success. He is
> still eating his dry CNM UR Formula. Perhaps I should at least try
> to get him on a better kibble. I tried to get him on canned
> Wellness as a transitionary step between kibble and raw, but he
> wouldn't touch it (my other cat eats it, but she won't eat raw
> Thanks for any help you can give me. Patches was my very first baby.