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Should I be worried?

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StillMedusa Wed 26-Apr-17 23:58:32

Portia has pretty much refused all cat food for the last few months.
She will maybe have half a pouch first thing.. a few days a week at most. She will maybe nibble a few bits of dry (Royal Canin sensitive) but mostly she is refusing anything except fresh chicken, tinned tuna in brine and the odd prawn!

She is 17, has always been very light but now feels painfully bony (last weighing she was 6.5 pounds ) She is still perky for an old girl.. still poo-ing fine , wee-ing fine (doesn't go out much so uses a litter tray ) and she is still slapping the shit out of me every morning to wake me up shock She isn't displaying any signs of illness, and her coat is still long, shiny and fluffy.
I have wondered if she has the startings of senility, as she has started to stick to me like glue but will sometimes sit at the top of the stairs and miaow at nothing...never did this before. I also have to take her to her food even when she follows me to the kitchen.

But the other half of me thinks that as she has always been very picky, she has just decided to hold out for only the best food at all times...she knows I will crack and cook her fish, chicken etc. She does puke with monotonous regularity, but she ALWAYS has... she is a long hair and hacks up hairballs several times a week!

Should I worry? She was check over a month ago and the vet felt she was thin but in good condition overall for her age. I'd hate to miss something, but nothing shouts 'ill' at me. More 'demanding old girl' !

thecatneuterer Thu 27-Apr-17 00:06:22

I wouldn't really worry about anything you've written. Obviously at 17 she probably doesn't have years left, but there is nothing to suggest that she is in imminent danger of needing to be PTS any time soon.

Yes she probably is getting fussier and there could certainly be a touch of senility, but I wouldn't be overly worried.

StillMedusa Thu 27-Apr-17 00:22:48

Thank you smile I honestly don't feel she is ill ...I am hyper alert to signs of illness after Morph's slow and horrible decline.
Do I try and hold out on her? Or do I just go 'sod it' and feed her ladyship whatever she will eat?! She is VERY persistent!

I even boiled her her own egg the other day as every damn morning she sits 6 inches from my face while I eat my breakfast. However it became apparent that she wanted MY egg, in MY egg cup and not one neatly mashed in a cat dish....

I have a slight fear that she will be like this for another 5 years grin

YetAnotherSpartacus Thu 27-Apr-17 10:50:21

Do I try and hold out on her? Or do I just go 'sod it' and feed her ladyship whatever she will eat?! She is VERY persistent

What is the issue? Do you worry it will be bad for her or is it too much trouble? I think at 17 I'd go the totally spoiled rotten route personally - i.e feed her bits of your egg and cook yourself another if you wanted one ...

thecatneuterer Thu 27-Apr-17 11:16:11

Yes, at 17 I too would just give her what she wants however she wants it.

YetAnotherSpartacus Thu 27-Apr-17 11:57:52

... by 'too much trouble', btw, I wasn't being judgmental ... I know that people haev busy lives and it might simply be too much to be a full time cat slave.

StillMedusa Thu 27-Apr-17 18:50:15

Oh it's not too much trouble.. she has had us under the paw for far too long to mind cooking for her ladyship.. I am more worried that she will be missing essential nutrients.. taurine and the like. I can't add ANYTHING to her food..she is far too wily for that!

I think I will just go with it. I do draw the line at cooking chicken at 2am mind (this morning she decided that was when she wanted something to eat! grin ) And next time I boil an egg especially for her (she sits 6 inches from my face at my breakfast ) I shall leave it in the bloody egg cup. I carefully mashed one for her of her own...and she stalked off!!!

YetAnotherSpartacus Fri 28-Apr-17 08:52:50

I think the point re eggs is that if it is in 'Mummy's' egg-cup and 'Mummy' is going 'num, num, num, nice egg' she'll want it, no (rather than one that is technically hers)?

This is quite an interesting source re taurine

allnaturalpetcare.com/blog/2011/11/08/natural-sources-of-taurine-for-cats-homemade-foo/

Toddlerteaplease Fri 28-Apr-17 09:10:05

Laughing out loud at the egg story!

cozietoesie Fri 28-Apr-17 16:18:37

My vet has a 'cautionary poster' on the wall about the calorific content of foods and how important it is not to overfeed your pet. I may have been the only client who was sitting making mental notes for the wrong reason. ('Gosh, I didn't realise that 'X' was so calorific. I must offer him some.' smile)

If it wasn't actually bad for him, Seniorboy ate what he fancied. Much of the time that turned out to be catfood but so be it.

Weedsnseeds1 Fri 28-Apr-17 17:47:07

Chicken hearts are very high in taurine, if you fancy a job as a personal offal chef?

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