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We have a 9 year old tabby. He is usually kind of lazy but…

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We have a 9...

We have a 9 year old tabby. He is usually kind of lazy but has a good appetite. For the last couple of weeks, I have noticed he is not eating much of his dry food and much of it ends up on the floor around his dish. He drinks water and will eat some of his wet food but he is definitely off. He seems listless and somewhat sad.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the tabby. What is the tabby's name?

Charlie

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Charlie?

Not really, he is the only pet in the home and he never goes outside due to not having front claws. okay

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
it crossed my mind that maybe it is his teeth? He still eats most of his wet food so I thought maybe the dry food is too difficult or makes it painful to chew....
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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 4 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 4 months ago

It sounds like you've hit the nail on the head. Very commonly when we see cats eating and drinking softer items well but avoiding harder foods there's a strong indication of potential for periodontal disease to be present. It would also be wise to go forward with having bloodwork performed at his age as reduction in food volume can cause a condition known as Fatty Liver Disease (aka Hepatic lipidosis) which can result in liver failure if not addressed. More info here: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2135&aid=217 I would schedule some diagnostics at this time. Bloodwork to look at the liver values would be wise, but also to determine on the blood work if there are any additional concerns which might have originally been the cause of reduction in eating. We can see medical concerns like liver disease, pancreatitis, kidney disease, bladder infections, periodontal disease, etc. all contribute to changes in eating, regardless of the age of the cat.

At home, you can also offer KMR and pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. This may help to keep his caloric intake up whilst waiting for a veterinary appointment with your vet. The sooner he can be seen the better.

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Checking in, JACustomer. How is your companion doing today?

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