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wheatchief Tue 01-Nov-16 20:22:05

My lovely old Siamese girl is having real problems with her biscuits. She was sick 6 times after breakfast this morning, and brings up entire biscuits. She only has a few teeth, had a few taken out over the years then about 6 taken out a couple of years ago - they were decaying and starting to cause her pain. The vet has said several times she's fine on biscuits and that they're better for her remaining teeth than wet food (she basically only has front teeth left).

We're torn. On the one hand she obviously can't chew her biscuits and it can't be pleasant to throw up your food all the time. On the other hand she can cope sometimes, and does best with orijen but she has started refusing it after being fed it non stop for a long time (and was still puking that up fairly often). I don't want to ruin her remaining teeth but I don't want the poor old thing hungry and miserable all the time. She loves wet food.

Anyone have any views on wet food in these circumstances? To complicate things we have another cat, much younger, who is fine with his biscuits but might get jealous of wet food! They eat in the same area but our Siamese eats up on a table, away from him.

qwom Tue 01-Nov-16 21:48:22

My cats are quite gluttonous. They will eat a tonne of dry biscuits that soak up their stomach juice and then they're sick. Is your girl eating a lot? Maybe part soak the biscuits before feeding to her? My old boys have half and half wet/dry food

RubbishMantra Tue 01-Nov-16 22:06:53

Perhaps let her have wet food, and buy some Logic toothpaste. If she allows you to brush her teeth with the rubber finger cot toothbrush provided, great, but if not, most cats like the taste and will lick it off your finger. The enzymes coat the teeth/gums and do most of the work.

The stomach acids in her vomit probably aren't helping her teeth either. So it's sort of like 6 of one and half a dozen of the other type situation.

Applaws is a good quality dry food, if she's getting bored with Orijen. Like PP said, try soaking them in water first. And instead of free feeding, several small meals a day?

When did she last see the vet, out of interest?

wheatchief Tue 01-Nov-16 22:19:43

Thanks for the replies. She gets fed twice a day and is not particularly greedy with it - she doesn't usually eat all the biscuits at once. She used to free feed but our other cat is a greedy little sod and has no off switch so we had to stop.

That's a good point about stomach acid actually, not thought of that.

We've tried applaws, purizon (she likes, but the biscuits are big), most of the grain free ones. I'll try wetting the biscuits a bit, do you guys just use water?

She saw the vet in April and the vet was happy with her. This has been going on for a long time but this morning was particularly bad (this was purizon) and I feel bad for the old girl. She's happy in herself, no changes in her temperament. She does have me wrapped around her paw, so is possibly just waging a war of attrition!

FuzzyWizard Thu 03-Nov-16 17:53:39

I'd give them wet food. Both of them. The biscuits being better for their teeth thing has been largely debunked, especially as many biscuit brands contain a lot of carbs. Apparently wet food is better for their kidneys as it keeps them better hydrated. There still seem to be vets out there heavily promoting dry food but my vet feeds her cat wet food and recommended good-quality wet food as the main food for my cat with minimal biscuits. (They sell James Wellbeloved wet and dry and another brand that I can't remember but again wet and dry food) She said that this is how she feeds her own cats at home too.

PinkSparklyPussyCat Thu 03-Nov-16 18:33:00

Mine has James Wellbeloved dry for breakfast, lunch and supper and a Natures Menu pouch for dinner. We tried him on James Wellbeloved wet but I wasn't impressed - there seemed to be a lot of juice and not much meat nad he was worrying for food straight after eating it.

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