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Old 01-07-2013, 10:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone have any suggestions for my senior cat as far as food?

Right now Im feeding her Iams Weight and Hairball care. The reason Im feeding this is because she has trouble with the larger sized kibbles and this is the smallest I could find locally anyways. The pieces are very tiny.

She is getting older now...well she is roughly 15 or so and Im thinking(because she seems thin as of late) she doesnt need the weight management any longer. Shes fairly picky she has never liked treats(weird I know) and if she eats wet food and thats a BIG if she prefers the kind with gravy and just licks the gravy off and leaves the rest.

I would really like to feed her both dry and wet food now to get some weight on her.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I dont know a lot I admit about cats and less about cat food, but I would like to do right by her. So small sized kibbles...like the tiniest you know of would be what Im looking for

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Hmnn, not sure Sue.
When they get to that age and start to lose weight is usually cause they are not digesting things well.
Ask Joann- she has an older cat and had to switch foods to something that was easily digestible. Can't recall what she switched to though

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OK thanks Lynne I will catch up with Joann and see what food she feeds
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Our cat is 16 yrs old & was placed on a prescription allergy food years ago. Weare lucky if she weighs 6 pounds. I have noticed she hasn't been pooping much lately. She has a vet appointment on Thursday to check her out.
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I think cat seem to get more picky as they get older. Im told thats because they cant smell as good and cat depend on smell for eating and having an appetite. Im reasearching different types of soft foods for her. Gosh I hope I dont have to home cook for her lol
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Sue - we feed our 7 year old cat that same food! I must admit that I was quite ignorant to pet food ingredients before getting Duke and joining this forum. After reading about raw feeding and all the different opinions on kibble I checked my cat's food and cringed at the ingredient list... however, he's been on this food all his life and he's doing great on it so I'm hesitant to change it! However I did notice that his poop are VERY stinky. I'd be interested in hearing what others opinions are on this as well.
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Susy I know! I cringed at the ingredients as well but its the only food she can eat and not throw up all the time(she still has bouts rarely). From what I researched last night it also seems cats as they get older have a harder time absorbing nutrients and digesting properly. Im think I might go to all soft food if I can find one she likes but that could be a lot of trial and error for sure!
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My 13yr old cat isn't picky thank god.... But maybe a kitten food for small size plus they have lots of nutrients. We do wet and dry, my 13yr is 16 pounds he is a mancoone cat , our 4yr cat is 15lbs..... We must just raise fat cats..lol
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I stopped at Tractor Supply(best place to get quality dog food in my area) and bought her 2 cans of TOTW. I just gave her about 1/4 of the can and she ate it so maybe thats what I need just a good quality food...hoping this does the trick. Thanks everyone!
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Oh that's good to hear Sue! Hopefully she keeps eating well. The kibble may be too hard for her old teeth? Or maybe she has a toothache?
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