What do you feed your old cat??

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archfiend Sun 13-Oct-13 14:18:41

Am posting in the hope of inspiration! We have a 14(ish) year old cat who is becoming increasingly picky about what he eats.

He will eat food in gravy, but only eats the gravy and ignores the meat so when he is hungry again later the food has dried out and he won't touch it. Everything else is ignored and accompanied by scratching, whinging and generally making a nuisance of himself because he is hungry.

His teeth are ok and he will eat dried food if he has to (usually left down for him during the day) but he only eats small amounts as it isn't really what he wants.

We have tried all of the usual brands and variants but he just doesn't seem to like any of them because he's a bastard picky. He doesn't eat 'real' food like fish or chicken and he doesn't drink a lot of water.

He is currently ok health wise but obviously as he gets older I am worried that he will just stop eating anything.

Does anyone have any suggestions for what else we can try before he drives us totally round the bend?!

archfiend Sat 16-Nov-13 20:40:45

Thanks cozie. He will be greatly missed. sad

My parents have a beautiful area of their garden where the family cats all go, he will be safe there.

cozietoesie Sat 16-Nov-13 18:58:02

So sorry, archfiend. I'm glad that, at least, he went before he was in distress.

Have you decided on a special place to bury him or his ashes/way to remember him?

archfiend Sat 16-Nov-13 18:40:46

A very sad update. Despite having perked up initially on steroids, Himself continued to lose weight and find it hard to eat. The vet confirmed that the most likely cause was a lymphoma in his bowel/intestine and we made the hard decision to let him go.

He went quickly and peacefully while he was still comfortable and not in any distress. A horribly sad day, but ultimately the kindest thing we could have done for him.

Thanks for all your support and kind words over the last few weeks. thanks

cozietoesie Wed 06-Nov-13 11:28:57

Thinking of you all. Let's hope that the steroids kick start him or buy him some time for things to get going again.

archfiend Wed 06-Nov-13 11:22:14

I know. I feel like we have to give him every chance while he is still happy in himself, but I also know that this is not a long term solution...

If the steroids don't kick in or he goes downhill straight after stopping them again then I think we are into hard decision time.

cozietoesie Wed 06-Nov-13 10:58:14

Ah. I know that you're being careful not to get your hopes up here but I recognize all this.

Good luck to him.

archfiend Wed 06-Nov-13 10:54:41

Not interested and back on the sofa. Popped into the vets and they are going to give him a steroid injection later along with some tablets to crush into his food when he starts to eat again.

Trying to get pills into him usually involves 2 people, a towel and a pill popper thing (and I still have the scars from the last time!) so this seems like a less stressful way to do things for everyone. Hopefully he will continue to eat once he is getting regular steroids, but will continue to review.

cozietoesie Wed 06-Nov-13 09:18:51

How is he this morning? Did he seem interested for his breakfast?

archfiend Tue 05-Nov-13 20:49:12

Ha! Thanks!

He hasn't really eaten any dinner either so I will be calling the vet tomorrow. Sigh.

cozietoesie Tue 05-Nov-13 16:11:21

Fair enough. But at least you have one in he cupboard so that it could be hauled out if needs be.

Best of luck in stalking him at 11 at night in the rain!

archfiend Tue 05-Nov-13 15:09:41

It's not that nice here either!

We tried a tray, but he sneered at at, threw the litter around and stalked outside... I think that it is a bit of a lost cause, so I will have to resort to stalking him when he disappears to his favourite bush. grin

cozietoesie Tue 05-Nov-13 14:20:34

Well I don't know how it is with you but it's cold and nasty here and Seniorboy is sticking to his electric blanket even with some cold meat down for his lunch. I wouldn't blame your lad for not wanting to go out - especially as he's not 100% even with the meds.

Remind me - does he have a tray inside? If not, might be a good idea to set one up for him so that he doesn't need to go out if he doesn't want to.

archfiend Tue 05-Nov-13 14:11:11

He has spent most of today on the sofa, but to be air that's what he does most days! Hasn't pestered me for food and as far as I know hasn't been outside. Hmmm.

Will see how he is later when it is closer to his normal meal time.

cozietoesie Tue 05-Nov-13 10:18:10

PS - keep an eye on whether he's peeing and pooing as well. Eg if he's been pigging himself, he might be starting to get chocked up inside (if he's not pooing well) and that would slow down consumption or maybe even cause a sick if he does eat.

cozietoesie Tue 05-Nov-13 10:02:43

I'd agree to keeping an eye on him for the time being - all cats can have days when they're not feeling so hungry. Possibly watch out for his activity level as well. If he stops eating and starts sleeping/lying around in a corner all the time, you may be in difficulty.

Best of luck to him.

archfiend Tue 05-Nov-13 09:38:05

Himself has eaten some of his breakfast today, although not as much as previous days. Whether this is the drugs darting to wear off or whether he is just full for the first time in a while is hard to say at the moment.

Will keep an eye on him and plan to ring the vet tomorrow if he starts to go off again.

cozietoesie Tue 05-Nov-13 07:51:04

Thinking of you this morning, spotty.

Hope Himself is eating this morning archfiend.

archfiend Tue 05-Nov-13 07:43:06

Best wishes for this morning spotty flowers

spottywoowoo Mon 04-Nov-13 20:04:13

Thanks archfiend - can't believe he has so little time left with us, it's horrible.

That's great news about your cat though, I really do hope it keeps going. The vet told me today that they're seeing cats of 22 years + now that food and care is so much better, so fingers crossed that he's one of them.

archfiend Mon 04-Nov-13 19:35:16

Oh spotty I'm so sorry sad. I hope you have a quiet evening with lots of cuddles with him tonight. Such a sad decision to have to make.

Himself is currently ok, am expecting the drugs to wear off in the next day or so, will see how he gets on then.

cozietoesie Mon 04-Nov-13 16:25:04

Ah Dear, spotty. So sorry.

spottywoowoo Mon 04-Nov-13 16:21:05

The worst news unfortunately and he's booked in to be PTS tomorrow morning. The vet was lovely and let me bring him home for everyone to say 'goodbye' but it's going to be hard. How's your lovely boy?

archfiend Mon 04-Nov-13 14:05:17

sad sorry to hear that spotty, hope that the vet can help if at all possible.

spottywoowoo Mon 04-Nov-13 10:47:41

That's good news archfiend- hope it continues!

Not so good here - liver problems, back to vet for bloods later but not too optimistic sad.

archfiend Mon 04-Nov-13 07:13:09

spotty thanks - he is still eating this morning so we will see how gets on over the next few days. I hope that your vet can help to find some answers - it's awful when they stop eating and you don't know why.

I agree about not putting them through too much. Our vet has said if he was 2 then they would be looking at a wider range of options re biopsies etc but as he is 14 it's not fair to put that much additional stress onto him.

Hope that it goes well at the vets today, let us know how you get on.

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