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I switched my cat to a healthier organic food and she was

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I switched my cat to a healthier organic food and she was eating a little but she stopped eating it entirely. I went away for a few days and noticed she had not eaten it at all. Yesterday a couple weeks after she lost her balance and is swaying on her hind legs a bit. I ran and got her the old food she loved and she is nibbling on it. but I am concerned. She just turned 10. I hope it is just because she didn't like the food and had not been eating but I wonder what else could cause her loss of appetite and balance
She still is playful, purring, not wanting more or less attention.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Deb.

I recently came online and see that your question about Taz hasn't been answered. I'm so sorry that you've had to wait for a response, but if you still need assistance, I'd like to help if I can.

I can understand your concern for Taz; I'd be a little worried about her as well if she were my cat.

I suppose it's possible that if Taz was weaker because she hasn't eaten well for a while, her balance issues might make sense; however, given her age, there may be other explanations as well. She could be developing arthritis issues in her hips, for example.

Her lack of interest in the new food may explained by the fact that she doesn't like the taste of it but, again, there could be other reasons why she didn't eat it.

1. Diabetes

2. Kidney issues

3. Problems with the liver/gallbladder

4. Infectious disease such as Toxoplasmosis especially if she's running a mild fever.

5. Pancreatitis

If she continues to have balance issues, then a vet visit may be prudent. If she continues to eat more each day and continues to otherwise act normal, then a vet visit is still not a bad thing to consider but might be less immediate.

If blood work hasn't been done on her in a while, if nothing else it would be good to get a baseline and to rule out any other issues (as much as possible anyway).

I hope this helps; again, my apologies for the delayed reply. Deb