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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-08-2019, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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Cat suddenly gone off wet food

I give my 2 cats a mixed diet of dry and wet wood, and different varieties. But suddenly my cat Indy suddenly won't eat any wet food, whether tinned or his favourite sachets. He usually loves his food so this is worrying me, I took him to the vet yesterday because I'd noticed him sneezing a lot lately too which he'd never done before. They issued Loxicom for him as it may be a cat cold, which I'm having to put on dried food which isn't ideal.

But his sneezing has almost stopped now and he seems healthy and just like his normal self/energy levels etc. So I feel like it's something else going on. I thought maybe it could be a teeth issue but vet said his teeth looked fine. He is still scoffing down dried food which he likes probably more anyway so his appetite hasn't gone, and he does go and sniff any wet food I put down but something seems to be stopping him eating it almost.

What is a good way to try and resolve this? Should I back off wet food for a week or two, and then try introducing it to him again? I know cats are fussy eaters so I don't want him to think he can eat dried the rest of his life (as he seems to prefer it the most), and so can refuse wet until I just give in to him. Can it be common for cats to suddenly go off food they have eaten all their lives?
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I've finally managed to get him to eat some wet food, by breaking it up with spoon and putting on a plate for him so its easier. He ate much very slow though and really seemed to be having difficulty chewing and he was only chewing on one side. Eating dried food he is slower too now.

So I'm sure it must be a sore back tooth. The vet said his teeth look fine BUT she couldn't see right to the back when doing a quick check. That's where it must be sore- why can't they use something to help check the back teeth??

Going to have to go back to vet again now I'm sure, and will be yet more costs- very annoying. Will he likely require a mouth scan/x-ray? And is it quite likely he'll need the tooth removed, if so can that be done with the cat awake?
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Cleo has had several teeth removed - definitely under anesthesia, which is the most expensive part of the bill. They've never taken x-rays before a dental. I'm not sure if you've ever tried (I have! Once) to look at a cat's teeth, but cats do NOT like their mouth opened or someone prodding around inside. Maybe they'll have tools or a method to look at the back teeth better when you return. You might try giving him baby food until the next vet visit (but make sure it's garlic-free).

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I'm just frustrated that they couldn't look at the teeth properly the first time. If it involves teeth removal, does that affect their eating much going forward?

And does anyone have any tips how to keep their teeth cleaner? I know it's good if you can brush their teeth, but I've never done it with my cats so I imagine it would give them too much stress now. I do sometimes give them a treat called Whiskas Dentibits which is supposed to help their teeth, I know in reality it probably does little! Dry food is better than wet for teeth though I assume?
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No, that's a myth/misinformation. Dry food doesn't clean a cat's teeth any more than munching on Fritos cleans ours. Don't I wish that worked! Cleo has had about half her teeth pulled and she eats anything that's not moving, and some things that are. Cleo has always had bad teeth, she also has FORL, where the gums reabsorb the teeth. There are dental rinses you can put in your cat's mouth, and I do believe there are dental treats that actually work. I do understand your frustration. I would ask not to be charged for the follow-up visit, or at least for a discount for having to bring your cat back.

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