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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-17-2006, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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I think something is wrong with Oscar's sense of smell

I only mention this now because he does eat and drink, so it's not as if he has NO sense of smell. However, I think it is a bit impaired.

For example, there are times when he'll sniff wet food and walk away. I know he's GOT to be hungry, because I measure all their food and they have specific feeding times. So, what I'll do is pop some into his mouth (ok, it's a bit harder to do than just pop the food in there, but you get my point) and THEN he'll gobble it up. It's as if he can't smell it well, but once he tastes it, it's all good.

I know that sense of smell and taste are significantly related (i.e., if he can't smell, he probably can't taste it well either), but I can't think of anything else that would cause him to be this way.

But, I'm more curious than concerned right now, because he DOES eat well and drink.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-17-2006, 11:40 AM
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That's interesting, because I have wondered the same thing about Snickers.

Unless he is standing right there watching when I place the food in the bowl, I have to stick his face in his bowl several times before he'll eat (this sounds worse than it is ). And he's always starving, so it's not as if he doesn't want to eat. Now I think it's become a pre-dining ritual for him.

I have no idea why he does this. I wish I had some insight to offer, but at least Oscar isn't the only one who doesn't quite catch on from the smell of the food alone.

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I think it's just typical cat food finickiness; nothing to do with sense of smell being impaired. I've noticed the same thing on random occasions, and there's no problem with being able to smell.

Do your cats eat together, or apart? Mellie is the finicky one here and she's much less so since she started eating in the same room as the new guy. At times I used to have to "coach" her to eat. Now she usually eats with gusto. I wonder if it's having another cat nearby....maybe she knows if she doesn't eat it all he'll come over and finish it for her.
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I think it's just typical cat food finickiness; nothing to do with sense of smell being impaired. I've noticed the same thing on random occasions, and there's no problem with being able to smell.

Do your cats eat together, or apart? Mellie is the finicky one here and she's much less so since she started eating in the same room as the new guy. At times I used to have to "coach" her to eat. Now she usually eats with gusto. I wonder if it's having another cat nearby....maybe she knows if she doesn't eat it all he'll come over and finish it for her.
He and Scotty have eaten side-by-side since I let Oscar loose. It could be fickiness. *shrug* I just thought it interesting because Scotty is a piggy if I let him.

Speaking of Scotty, he's put on more weight since his UTI cleared up. Last weigh in is 15lbs. He doesn't look FAT, just big. I need to get more pictures. lol
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