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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-22-2015, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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7mo cat suddenly eating less -- picky?

My 7mo cat Smokey has always been a very slow eater, taking up to 30 minutes to finish 3oz of wet food. I feed her inside the basement door so that my older cat doesn't eat her food, and now I hear her "burying" her dish after only a few seconds. When I check, she's maybe taken two bites and disappeared to her favorite spot. Sometimes I'm able to tap on the dish and get her to come back to finish, but lately even that doesn't work. If I put it in the fridge and give it to her 20 minutes later, she usually eats more of it.

I feed her some dry at lunch time, and she gobbles that up. She was having diarrhea for a long time, so the dry lunch became part of the schedule. (Nature's Instinct LID Turkey; and the wet food is the same brand/flavor.)

This morning I gave her my older cat's food (Dave's) and she wouldn't even touch it. She does at least start to eat her own food.

We just did the dish-tap-eat-more thing, and now she ate most of the 3oz. There might be a tablespoon left.

I don't think it's a temperature thing, because I just pulled the dish back out of the fridge. Yesterday I mixed it with a bit of hot water to warm it up. Is she just getting picky about the food itself? She's had only the LID Turkey for around two months now. We're moving in two weeks, so I wasn't up for experimenting with new foods because of the diarrhea.

If she were just being picky, would she still be eating at first? That's what's throwing me. She'll start eating and then decide after a minute or two that she's done. Meanwhile, my older cat inhales anything and everything in minutes. I never have to worry about her, LOL.

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I also wanted to add that since we're moving, our place is FULL of boxes. It's been this way for a month, so it's not suddenly new this week, which is when she really started eating less. I've been giving them both L-Lysine to help cope with the stress of moving.
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Can she just be bored with her food. My two are extremely picky and they once both decided to stop eating. They were bored so I started offering more of a variety and it got better. It could also be the stress of moving. Cats can feel your stress..... I would try another really yummy food w gravy just to see if they gobble it up. Then you know it might be the food
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Sounds like it could be the food. My cats will REFUSE to eat anything less than 3 different flavors of food. I've found that as long as I do that, they'll eat without complaint for any span of time.

My cats would hate me if I tried feeding them the same flavor every day. lol

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Might be time to try a little bit of a varied protein. Two months being on Turkey LID, day in, day out, geesh, I'd be bored, too.

What was the cause of Smokey's loose stools, did you ever find out?
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You could try some variation, but it could just be she's in between growth spurts. I wouldn't worry much unless she starts losing weight.

As a side note, l-lysine doesn't help cats cope with stress. It helps them deal with feline herpes. If your cats have herpes stress can cause a flare up and the lysine will help manage it, but the lysine doesn't do anything to reduce stress by itself.
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As a side note, l-lysine doesn't help cats cope with stress. It helps them deal with feline herpes. If your cats have herpes stress can cause a flare up and the lysine will help manage it, but the lysine doesn't do anything to reduce stress by itself.
Yes, that's what I meant. They both get goopy eyes with the slightest bit of stress! So I'm pre-empting it by giving them each half a day's dose daily. I'll increase it to the full dose during the moving days. (ETA: I've had them both checked out, and the vet agreed with the use of L-Lysine as long as symptoms don't get worse.)

She acts STARVING all day long! She pesters me for food every time I'm in the kitchen. She does eventually eat her food, and she'll eat Smudge's food if Smudge is eating it, but if I swap their dishes, she stops eating it.
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Might be time to try a little bit of a varied protein. Two months being on Turkey LID, day in, day out, geesh, I'd be bored, too.

What was the cause of Smokey's loose stools, did you ever find out?
No, never did. Basic stool test came back normal. We gave her a round of Flagyl and had her on the Hills prescription canned food for two weeks, and it cleared up. I started the LID turkey then, and the soft stool never returned until after a few weeks when I tried to give her Smudge's food (Authority). She had soft stool for three days and then it went away, but I was scared back into giving her the LID.

I'd love to just be able to give her what Smudge eats. I recently switched Smudge to Dave's Chicken and Dave's Turkey (50 cents a meal, which is awesome!). Smudge LOVES it, but Smokey doesn't. Boo. Maybe I'll try Authority again now that she's been doing better for over a month. Having to coax her to eat over a 30-minute timespan is getting very old. She eventually does eat it all, I just have to keep calling her back to it! I really need to stay way less than a dollar a meal per cat, with two cats.
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I know this is going to sound a bit insane, but if Smokey -really- won't eat and you need to get some food into her, try Fancy Feast "classic" flavors.

My 17-year-old cat is on a fully-raw diet, but she has a ton of medical issues and there are some days she doesn't feel like eating. But if I pop a can of Fancy Feast, she'll devour it and lick the bowl shining clean.

https://www.fancyfeast.com/gourmet-c...t-food/classic

I know Fancy Feast is kind of reviled as a "cheap", crappy food (...and it's no Dave's or Nature's Instinct, that's for sure) but amazingly, the Classic options are grain-free and have meat as the #1 ingredient.

Since your girl is still a kitten, I'd try to get as much food into her as possible.


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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-23-2015, 11:03 PM
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Try getting a can of Wuerva paw lickin chicken and mix some in with her food
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