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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-19-2011, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, the vet said there were appetite medicines available but she wasn't inclined to use them. We haven't got as bad as baby food yet but it could be a final resort, although to be honest if he gets to the point where we have to be more forceful with his food then it is probably time to ask ethical questions.

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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-20-2011, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Although he has a lot of complaints, they all seem to be stable at present (although my understanding of kidney disease is that it is stable until it suddenly isn't) so provided we can sort his eating on a long-term basis, she said he could have a few years left in him. I admit my main health concern is actually his arthritis. I'm still smarting over the loss of my elderly rabbit who had spondylosis and I'm aware that it could come to judging the cat's quality of life, but thankfully he is still able to jump and run even though he shuffles and seeks company a lot more than he used to. I'm finding it harder reading his thoughts than I did with the rabbits so I can't really tell so much how bad he is feeling (except when he really glowers at you). I guess it is a matter of keeping going and playing it by ear
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-20-2011, 12:06 PM
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As has been mentioned, forget the dry food.

Feed small canned portions, warmed up. Cats with poor appetie just seem to be overwhelmed with large portions.

So, offer no more than a tablespoon of canned food at a time. Warm it slightly by either adding a little warm water to it (good for the kidneys!) or sitting the dish in another dish of hot water, to wamr the food gently.

Warming the food makes it smellier, and that's what cats go by, smell.

Offer the small portion. If he eats it, but leaves some, pick it up, stir it around and bring it to whereever he has moved to, and offer it again.

Do this every few hours throughout the day. Cats of his age and health can feel even sicker if they go too long with out food, making them even more reluctant to eat.

I am deeply concerned that your vet has prescribed metacam for a cat with kidney failure. Metacam is not safe for cats anyway, it is known to cause acute kidney failure in cats. I advise you to research this, and to question your vet closely, and ask for something else, if your cat needs pain medication.
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Thanks. I did warm the food up a few times but didn't seem to make any considerable difference. It did bemuse him though, it was funny to see him stalking his bowl and then batting at the food in it.

Yes, the vet and I discussed the use of metacam with his kidney issues. He was obviously in some considerable discomfort and we decided on quality over quantity and chose to treat him and take the consequences when they come.
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