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Kitty Update

So the vet called, and it seems that her blood results are 100% normal. Which to me is good news but also not the greatest news.

I do not starve my cat. She always has food out and available, her dish is never empty. I give her half a can of soft food in the morning, and she has crunchies available all day long. The fact that she's apparently lost 29% of her former bodyweight is more than a tiny bit concerning (why the hell can't I do this???). It's hard to see it on her though because she's so fluffy.

The plan:
a) Instead of giving her crunchies as the primary food and soft food as more of a treat, give her soft food as the primary and crunchies as a treat.

b) Switch her to a better quality soft food that is more appropriate for older cats, and easier to digest/absorb.

So far, she's eating the new soft food, but not really in the quantity that she needs to eat in order to gain some weight back. Let's just hope she gets used to it, and decides it's the world's tastiest thing ever.

This is so weird, I've never had any experience with any pet or animal that simply CAN'T gain weight... everyone I know has a problem with too much weight. I feel like such a bad kitty owner. :-(

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bertine
Oct. 28th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
try microwaving the cat food, if you can handle the smell. when cats get older they have a hard time smelling.
sharya
Oct. 28th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)
Hmm that's interesting, I didn't know that. She is eating the food though... I just hope that she'll find it as appealing as her old food.
2kidsdad
Oct. 28th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
Sweety, you are asking the wrong questions. What you need to do is ask the Buzz the following:

What's his name and why do you think he wants you skinny in order to love you?

;)

sharya
Oct. 28th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
Heh, alternatively she just has an incredibly active lifestyle when I'm not around, and is actually doing some kind of insane workout :P
osoqres
Oct. 28th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
There's no such thing as a bad kitty owner... we don't own them, they own us!

Fred, that's my cat, goes through different stages of fat and skinniness. What I do know is that he gains weight when I give him canned chicken as a treat. He loves it. I used to give him cold cuts (deli meats, whatever you call it wherever you are in the world) but there's way too much sodium in them. Last thing I need is a salty pussy cat. It's not healthy.
sharya
Oct. 28th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the salt is so bad for their kidneys. My old cat Boots used to get crystals in his urine. He was not a happy kitty at all.
mindslide
Oct. 28th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
would a blood test see if she / he had worms?
sharya
Oct. 28th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
It wouldn't, but there hasn't been any sign of worms in the little box, and she gets dewormed annually. Additionally, she's an indoor cat, so it's pretty unlikely she's got worms.
katlizy
Oct. 28th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
When cats get older, they thin out due to their thyroid speeding up the metabolism. They can live like that just fine. ALL of my cats when I was growing up lived to their 20's or close to it, and they all thinned out like that. We only had one cat on thyroid med's, and she ate like a pig. it's called hyperthyroid. but you knew that. :)
sharya
Oct. 28th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
You're right, thyroid was the first thing we thought of... that's why we did the blood test to check for it, but apparently the thyroid function is normal. That doesn't really answer the question though, if it's just sped up as per normal, or if in fact it's something else.

It's nice to know that this is common with older cats though. I have no experience with thin cats, only with chubby kitties... this is my first skinny cat. Hopefully she lives well into her twenties too! Were your long-lived cats indoor kitties or out-door ones?
katlizy
Oct. 29th, 2005 04:00 pm (UTC)
They were outdoor kitties for a while, but once they got older, we kept them in for thir own safety as they couldnt tell us when they didn't hear the cars in the road, or we thought they couldn't defend themselves... they all migrated to strictly indoor kitties, and never complained. We had plenty of sunny window sills. :)
starshine2night
Oct. 28th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
Perhaps Kitty just needs some more attention? Could she be reacting to the changes in you since your pregnant?
sharya
Oct. 28th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
It's possible, but... I dunno. Both Jason and I noticed a difference in her since I've been pregnant. Although we can pretty much pinpoint the day her behaviour changed; it was the day after his cat back at his parent's house got put down (I know, how odd is that?).

Since then she's been exceptionally snuggly and affectionate towards both of us, and being an actual lap kitty... which she really wasn't before. We attributed it to her getting older and mellowing a bit, and thought maybe she could sense the pregnancy, but we really weren't sure. One thing though, I certainly don't feel like she's starved for attention or anything!
sharya
Oct. 28th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
Although we can pretty much pinpoint the day her behaviour changed; it was the day after his cat back at his parent's house got put down (I know, how odd is that?), she doesn't seem to be lacking for attention.
starshine2night
Oct. 28th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
Animals have such a strong sense of smell. Your body has changed and it probably smells a bit different to her. Are you the one that feeds her? Could that be part of it?

I hope I'm not driving you nuts. I'm just trying to think of things for the kitty.
sharya
Oct. 28th, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
No, not at all!

Actually Jason is the one feeding her. We're a bit stumped here, so any ideas are welcome.
starshine2night
Oct. 28th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
I'm stuck now. Be sure to keep us updated on poor kitty.
bribri22
Oct. 28th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
if she doesnt like the new food. pour some gravy on it and ill give it a whirl.
sharya
Oct. 28th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
That would somehow require me making gravy more frequently than 4 times a year? That seems to not be a viable solution lol.
bribri22
Oct. 29th, 2005 12:32 am (UTC)
make a 50 gallon barrel of it..thatll last the year
phaedie
Oct. 28th, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC)
Girlyboy has graciously offered up some of his body weight for the Buzzer.
sharya
Nov. 1st, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC)
Buzzer would gladly take about 5lbs of that weight. Now if only there was a way to make the switch :/
kittymichaels
Oct. 30th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
If Buzzer starts getting more wet food because of this, let me know so I can start losing weight. Wet food is teh shizzle. :E
sharya
Nov. 1st, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)
Kitty, Buzzer is getting so incredibly much wet food, it's not even funny! She's going to eat me into bankruptcy now!

I didn't realize that she wasn't eating enough crunchies to tide her over... I thought kitties were supposed to be able to self-regulate their food intake?
stuporstar
Oct. 31st, 2005 05:41 am (UTC)
Dude, as the unofficial Godmother of my Maxie - you are not bad - do you know how much pleasure I get from hearing Max pee like a horse in his litter box and how my heart leaps with dread fear everytime he leaps out of the box and starts licking his "special area" the same way he did when he wasn't able to go wee?

You're not a bad Kitty-momma - sometimes these things happen.

*hugs to Buzzy*
sharya
Nov. 1st, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
Aww, I'm glad Max is doing ok. I hope I haven't disappointed Buzzy too much :/

She seems a lot perkier now that she's getting more soft food, that's for sure.
heidi_13
Nov. 14th, 2005 12:18 am (UTC)
could it be stress? I keep thinking how my kitty was when I was pregnant. Symone used to pee wherever I had been sleeping, apparently to cover up the changes in my smell. I had to be really careful to keep the bedroom door closed when no one was in there. After 12yo was born, she licked herself bald, over-cleaning to self-calm.

Kitties do strange things sometimes... How old is Buzzer?
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