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My 9 year old indoor/outdoor male cat has stopped eating dry

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My 9 year old indoor/outdoor male cat has stopped eating dry food. He had re sorption in two teeth which we had removed. We thought that would solve the problem of him losing weight - he went from 22 pounds to 15 pounds in a few months and even though we feel we solved the eating challenge, he is still not eating dry food. So, we started cooking chicken and fish for him but he picks at that too. How can we help him regain the weight he lost and eat a healthy diet to stay strong? Is there something we could be missing that we should check? OUr vet is so very expensive and we just don't have another $1,000 to spend on him right now. Please help.
Sharyn
Canada
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 2 years ago.

Hi Sharyn,

I am sorry your boy had all this trouble.

 

I have a few questions so I can be of better help to you.

 

Are you saying he had resorptive lesions?

When were the teeth removed?

Do you see any jaundice (yellowing)?

Was a T4 thyroid test done?
Any other blood work?
Does he eat any cat food at all now?
If so, please list.

 

Thanks so much,

Terri

 

 

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi Terri and thanks. XXXXX used the wrong term about his teeth - two of them were red veined and apparently painful which the vet said accounted for him not eating hard food. They were removed.

No sign of jaundice, and yes, blood work was done. She suggested possible kidney infection as the creatine level was off. She suggested low protein canned food which he won't eat. She also said there was no real nourishment in canned pet food, which left us a bit confused as she recommended a very expensive canned food they sell through their vet center.

That is why we started preparing his food ourselves. He does eat the chicken on and off, and in the last month his weight stabilized a bit - he did however lose another pound.

So, currently he is eating some homemade food, a bit of canned food and he keeps trying to eat dry food but only eats a few pieces and quits. Is it possible he has more painful teeth?
Expert:  Terri replied 2 years ago.

Hi Sharyn,

Thank you for the additional information. It is very helpful.

I have a lot to tell you so please give me a few minutes to type detailed answer.

Thanks,

Terri

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
yes, I just asked my husband - they were called resorptive lesions.
Expert:  Terri replied 2 years ago.

Dear Sharyn,

I am sorry your boy is having trouble.

Resorbtive lesions are very painful to a cat and CAN result in loss of appetite.

For more information on Feline Resorptive lesions, please visit the following links:

 

http://www.veterinarydental.com/veterinarians/forls.php

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feline_odontoclastic_resorptive_lesion

 

So it is possible he lost weight because he was not eating well. However,hyperthyroid is also possible at his age:

Here is a link for more information for hyperthyroidism in cats.
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&C=&A=1197&SourceID=

 

Now lets talk about his diet. Cats are obligate carnivores that must eat meat to thrive. Dry food is a poor choice for a cat and leads to diabetes, obesity, vomiting, renal issues and other negative things.

 

Please read both links.. They were written by an esteemed feline veterinarian:

 

http://catinfo.org/?link=felineobesity

http://www.catinfo.org/

 

It is imperative he eats well now so he can rebuild himself. Give him whatever food he likes and will redily eat.

Feed small frequent meals because that is the best way for his body to absorb calories.

 

Most cats HATE that low protein expensive food sold by vets.

 

I can give you several recipes that were formulated by Hills and distributed to vets berfore Science diet was on the market. Royal canin makes a very palatable canned renal food as well.

C/D or H/D recipe - feline (also known as Feline Restricted Mineral and Sodium Diet):
1 lb regular ground beef, cooked
1/4 lb liver (beef, chicken or pork only) cooked
1 cup cooked white rice without salt
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 t (5g) calcium carbonate (Tums)
1/8 teaspoon potassium chloride (salt substitute)

Also add a balanced supplement which fulfills the feline minimum daily requirements (MDR) for all vitamins and trace minerals, and 250 mg of taurine per day. This would be available from a veterinary clinic.

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Keep covered in refrigerator. Yield: 1+3/4lbs

Feeding Guide - feed sufficient to maintain normal body weight

Body wt Approx Daily Feeding
5lb 1/5lb
7-8lb 1/4lb
10lb 1/3lb

 

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K/D recipe - feline

(also known as Feline Restricted Protein Diet):

1/4 lb liver (beef, chicken or pork only)

2 cups cooked white rice without salt

2 large hard-cooked eggs

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 t (5g) calcium carbonate (Tums)

1/8 teaspoon potassium chloride (salt substitute)

 

Also add a balanced supplement which fulfills the feline minimum daily requirements (MDR) for all vitamins and trace minerals, and 250 mg of taurine per day. This would be available from a veterinary clinic.

 

Dice and braise the meat, retaining fat. Combine all ingredients and mix well. This mixture is somewhat dry and its palatability can be improved by adding a little water (not milk). Keep covered in refrigerator. Yield: 1+1/4lbs

 

Feeding Guide - feed sufficient to maintain normal body weight

Body wt Approx Daily Feeding

5lb 1/4lb

7-8lb 1/3lb

10lb 2/5lb

 

Cats with only 25% of kidney function can do fine via SubQ fluids which can even be administered at home:

http://www.felinecrf.com/managh.htm

Here is info on CRF and FUS

http://cats.about.com/cs/healthissues/p/CRF.htm

http://www.hdw-inc.com/healthfus.htm

http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/renal.html

 

 

 

Please let me know how he is doing.Just press reply, if you want to talk further and I will always be here for you.I hope all will be well.

 

He is VERY lucky to have YOU!

 

Best wishes for him,

Terri

 

 

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Experience: Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Update for you Terri, I made the K/D recipe almost immediately after getting the recipe from you using beef liver. I gave it to Milo and he did't stop eating until the bowl was empty. I only gave him about two tablespoons and will give him more later but he didn't even hesitate. I cannot express how grateful my husband and myself are for your guidance today. From frustration to relief in a morning - this interaction with you has been so worth the very minimal cost.

I am slowly working my way through some of the links you included. Amazing education I am getting on the care and feeding of cats that I didn't have a clue about. Thank you so very much. We may have a few other questions for you down the road and won't hesitate to ask them when the time comes. I will also recommend you to others who I know are struggling with the care of their feline friends.

with respect
Sharyn
Expert:  Terri replied 2 years ago.

Dear Sharyn,

You are more than welcome!

It was my pleasure to be of help to you and your sweet boy!

Thank you so very much for your accept, very generous bonus and wonderful feedback!

I am just thrilled to hear Milo ate well. I think that is going to help him feel much better and recover more quickly.

You can always request me through the system and by putting my name at the beginning of the question like :"This is for Terri ONLY"!

 

Please continue to keep me updated on Milo.

 

I am sending this as an info request so you are not charged again.

 

All my very best hugs and love,

Terri

Expert:  Terri replied 2 years ago.
Thank you so much for your accept, very generous bonus and wonderful feedback!
Please keep in touch and let me know how your boy is doing.
I will always be here for you!
Terri
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Dear Terri,
Please follow up with my 2/27/2012 3:56:35 PM UTC accepted question.
Original Question URL:
http://www.justanswer.com/pet-cat/6b8ya-year-old-indoor-outdoor-male-cat-stopped-eating-dry.html
Expert:  Terri replied 2 years ago.

Hi Sharyn,

How is your boy doing?

Thanks,Terri

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