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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-05-2019, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Cat suddenly eating less

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My cat Tango is 15 years old. Starting this week, he started only eating around half of what's on his plate. He will only now eat wet food and totally rejects his dry food. With the wet food, I have to constantly wet it with water to lure him back to eat a few bites only and then he wanders off. I notice he is thinner but otherwise he is acting normally. He is not lethargic, he hangs out with the family on the couch, meows, chirps and trills as usual when spoken to.

I have a vet appointment for him tomorrow but I'm super worried about him. He is usually a gobble monster and always wants more food but to see him only eat half his plate worries me. He is drinking water as usual. The only thing that really seems to eat is giving him bits of cooked chicken liver but I know I cannot give him this all the time.

Recently my dad was diagnosed with heart failure so he's not acting the same as he's been very anxious and depressed about his diagnosis and we've all been on edge lately as well. I'm wondering if my cat is picking up on this and he is depressed? Or it's some sort of physical ailment.

I suppose I'm looking for some reassurance or if anyone else has had a cat suddenly eat less but otherwise be normal behaviour-wise.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-05-2019, 08:33 PM
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Sorry about your Dad.


Tango could be picking up on emotions. My girls have off days when they just aren't into food, but it's never lasted more than a day or so. Hopefully, since he's acting normal otherwise, it won't be anything too serious.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-07-2019, 05:38 PM
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It could be some sort of medical condition he is experiencing.....give us an update of what the vet says.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-09-2019, 10:03 AM
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I would strongly suspect a tooth issue... painful teeth = eating less but otherwise normal.
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It could be some sort of medical condition he is experiencing.....give us an update of what the vet says.
Went to the appointment where my cat was diagnosed with stage 3 kidney disease and hyperthyroidism. He was also constipated and dehydrated so he had to stay two nights at the clinic to receive fluids. Thankfully, he is now back home with meds, new diet and eating away happily as before so even though we are still processing this huge change, I'm happy my cat is mostly back to his normal self.
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Thanks for the update, so happy you took him to the vet, tho I'm sure the diagnosis was a shock to you. At least, now he is eating and on the road to recovery. Whenever a cat stops or reduces his eating a lot is always a red flag of something more serious, such as a stomach/intestinal blockage or something else like the diagnosis you got.
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