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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-19-2006, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Cat not eating

Hi, I'm new and wondering if anyone has any advice for me about what to do for my poor, starving kitty.

As a matter of background information, my cat Jasmine has had kidney problems her whole life. She has been in a general state of good health for several years now, but always with the nagging kidney issues from time-to-time. She is currently 7 years old but has the kidneys of a 12-year-old cat, the vet says.

When my husband and I were gone on a vacation in February, she stayed for about three weeks with my in-laws, who are very good at taking care of cats and have two of their own. One of the last days Jasmine was there, my mother-in-law noticed Jasmine was going to the bathroom more frequently than she had been, so she took her to the vet. The vet confirmed that yes, Jasmine's bad kidneys were probably bothering her again and suggested that we switch her to Science Diet k/d formula, a low protein food for cats with bad kidneys. Sounded like a good solution to me that would help prolong a healthy life for her.

(Note: I recognize that studies have recently shown that wet food is better than dry food and that Science Diet is not the best brand to feed cats, but since Jasmine received this food when she was a baby I continued to feed it to her since I have heard that switching cat foods can be quite traumatic.)

Anyway, she ate the k/d food for a few days, but then threw it up. After it made her sick, she wouldn't touch it. Knowing that the cat needed to eat above all else, my in-laws tried mixing her old food (Science Diet Sensitive Stomach). She snarfed that down, but then she threw THAT up a few days later. Now she gags whenever she smells either food, and we've since bought about five different kinds of wet and dry food in the last month, none of which she's eaten more than a few bites of. She gags at completely new food, even. She hasn't thrown anything else up, but she has just lost her taste for food, it seems. Basically, I think switching her food has sent her into a psychological tailspin.

She has been to the vet in our hometown twice now, where they have given her an IV to hydrate. Yesterday, they also fed her through a tube. They said sometimes the tube feeding can stimulate appetite again. It has only been about 12 hours, but it doesn't appear that Jasmine has really eaten any food yet at home.

She is a happy cat and still acts like a happy cat, but she has lost weight and her movements are slower. I don't know what to do! I can't keep giving my cat an IV and sending her to the vet for tube feeding. I need to find something she will eat at home, voluntarily.

So, has anyone had any experience with feline annorexia or problematic pet food switches and have any advice for me? So far the only suggestion I've really gotten from other cat owners is to buy a new bag of her old food and see if she'll eat it, or to give her some catnip to possibly stimulate appetite.

Thanks in advance,
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-19-2006, 02:21 PM
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Glad your here for an option, try a search for your key terms on this forum, it has been a topic before,

cat milks' may also be an option,

I would even suggest getting a second opinion or a specialist in that field,

my cat ate hotdogs when she was not eating anything else, but now that she's better don't touch them.

try Fancy Feast turkey and giblets, my dry food mostly cat even can't resist,

good luck.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-19-2006, 03:56 PM
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I fed Science Diet Dry to my cat for her first 14 years and she was healthy. When she turned 14 I switched her to better food - Wellness Wet and Chicken Soup for the Cat Lovers Dry. She did have a problem adjusting to the new food. Because she wanted the new food and not the past food I switched too fast and her stomach got upset. The vet told me to feed her Baby food -meat only- to settle her stomach and then slowly add in the cat food again. I picked out "Gerber 2nd Foods" (various meat choices - she loved the turkey and the lamb). It is very creamy and easy for them to lick up. She loves the baby food!! And it worked. It settled her stomach. I've heard it can help stimulate an appetite too because what you want is to get the cat eating again. Of course I'd ask your vet to make sure this is ok. But I think it might work. Good luck. And keep us updated.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-19-2006, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for your replies! A friend just recommended the baby food, too...there must be something to that.

I really appreciate the advice! I'll keep you posted.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-19-2006, 11:55 PM
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Purina and Royal Canine make kidney prescription diets that I find the cats like much better than the nasty Science Diet.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-25-2006, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Sad update

As it turns out, my kitty is undergoing massive kidney failure.

Tonight she is going to sleep. It was either that our watch her waste away over the next few weeks, and I can't bear the thought of the latter.

Thanks, everyone, for trying to help. I had no idea -- nor did the vet -- that it was this dire, but apparently there's nothing anyone could have done to help her.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-25-2006, 05:16 PM
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Oh Kate, I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty. We never know when it is their time to go. At least she enjoyed so many good years with you. And you'll be able to keep her memories in your heart. I know this is SO hard. It is the same as losing a child. Best for her not to be in any more discomort or pain. My thoughts are with you. Hugs, Judy

Rest In Peace Sweet Jasmine
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