I just adopted a 13 year old cat from Best Friends in Utah....she was shipped to me this past weekend. She only has three teeth and has lots of dental problems looking at her vet records over the years. She has been eathing Purina One or Felina Cavier when she was there. I don't know if I should continue with kibble or give her soft food. Her latest dental was 5/18 and she is still on antibiotics. She picks at kibble, but wolfs down wet.... she is very thin. What do you all think? Thanks.
Aren't you just wonderful to adopt this older kitty! Bless you for giving this girl a warm and loving home in her final years.
I would chuck the kibble. Forget it. Wet food is much better for many reasons. The number one reason being kitty only has 3 teeth and it'll be much easier for her to eat. Number two, dry food doesn't give kitty any moisture whereas that's what wet food is all about and moisture is very important in keeping UTI's at bay. An older cat too might be more susceptible to constipation so the wet food will help keep that in check as well. Wet food is better all the way around.
You say your cat is thin. You can feed her 3oz's of canned food for every 5lbs...at least that's what I read :)
You are just awesome for adopting an older kitty!! I wish that other people would consider these special animals!
I agree w/ Jade, the soft food is much much better for her-it's got a higher protein content in it, more moisture(which is good for the kidneys), and is better for her dental issues! Since she is so thin, I would let her eat as much as she wants....for now! Any idea why she's so thin? How are her kidneys and thyroid levels?
Congratulations on your new adoption! I hope she is adjusting well. The only thing I could add to the above posts is that if she is not an "only" she may be intimidated by other pets. If she has her own food and water, I'm sure she'll feel comfy and secure :) Bless you for bringing her on board. I have a feeling she feels very grateful ♥
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