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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-16-2015, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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senior cat getting really picky

I took her to the vet already, on Wednesday he ruled out tooth, digestion, fever, and gave her an appetite stimulant.
I have been through this with other old cats; when they get picky is when they start going down hill. She will eat treats happily and readily, but i hardly think she can subsist on a handful of kibbles. She's been thriving on raw diet and a little canned cat food for over 10 years..
any suggestions on how to keep them eating?

ps Vet will take her blood if this persists, next week.


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-16-2015, 10:10 PM
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Hi mimitabby,

Is it that she's not eating her raw or canned right now? And will she eat with the appetite stimulant?

I've never fed raw, so I don't know what you could try to get her to eat raw again. For canned, maybe trying a variety of textures will turn up something she likes. Or make the canned food warm - I mix some warm water into it. Plain chicken baby food, warmed a little bit, sometimes works. There's also Fortiflora, which you could sprinkle on wet food - it's a powder, so maybe you can use it with raw too. Whatever is in it, cats seem to find it mighty tasty.
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thank you for the suggestions! I will try heating her food.
ANd i never heard of fortiflora, i will look for it.


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I have a super fussy senior too - but she was super fussy long before she was a senior (she's 15.5 years old). The only wet food she likes (Dave's 95% tuna & chicken pate) must have had a formula change - it looks and smells a little different. So she's been on a hunger strike, eating it only when desperate.

I hope you find something that works!
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I heated their food last night, and ALL of my cats ate with gusto.
THAT was an amazing fix, thanks so much, Spirite!


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that's awesome that the heated up food worked so well! so great to have this forum for helpful suggestions like this, huh?

i always heat up angel's food myself. she's quite spoiled.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-18-2015, 01:26 AM
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Yay! So glad it worked mimitabby!

maggie23, yep mine too. The amount of time I spend getting Celia's food just right is ridiculous.
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