or wondering what else we can add to her diet to help her gain weight. She is starting to gain a bit at a time and suspect it will take at least 3 months to gain it back again if nothing is wrong.
Well my parents cut down her food when she was there a bit as she was over weight.
This is about 3 pounds since Sept though I suspect part of it was from the 2 day drive to get out to my place.
Have not had a chance to take her to the vet as I have had to have some surgery lately and had to take time off.
Her peeing and bowel movements are all the same as before. Her coat is fine and she is cleaning herself. Feeling her stomach and petting her she does not pull away and actually wants her belly petted, like normal. She is not overly sleeping or overly active. She is basically her same self except a bit thinner.
That is why we were thinking she is older then we thought or that the other cat was stealing her food so it looked like she was eating.
to loose 50% of her weight in approximately a year there has to be something serious going on with her. Have you taken her for a Vet appointment recently? She needs to be examined and have some bloodwork done to get a diagnosis....
Has she been peeing more than usual too? given her approx age I would seriously be concerned about diabetes or CRF (chronic renal failure) but thats just a guess it could be many other possibilities that need medical attention.♥
I have read those. I know a bit about pet food as I sold it for a bit, but this is what my cats like and we have to be careful when changing food with the one who has lost weight because when we first got her she got really sick with the food change even though we did it gradually.
Well one cat will not eat ANYTHING except dry food. Also this is only recently. We have made no change in food except add wet food to the one cat's diet to get her to gain weight.
also a link to a previous post I made on pet foods.....just trying to help out your kitty and I hope this doesn't offend you....we're all here for the good of our pets.
sorry didn't mean to offend you, I was only trying to reply to your question.
sometimes its not the quantity but the quality of the food. Whiskas is not a great food in fact its probably one of the worst offenders for meat BY-PRODUCTS and not real meat...cats are carnivores and need high quality protein in their diets. not by-products and grains.
Perhaps this is why she is not thriving?
This isn't my own opinion, I can share many sites with you about good food...and I stress not dry food.
I will send you a couple sites to read and then you can decide for yourself.
1, I am doing the de-worming because she lost weight while still eating the same as before. I am doing the one time treatment following the instructions given to me.
2. It is half a 156g can plus dry food. We tried a whole can, but she does not eat it all. We give her more if she eats it. We are giving the same amount of dry food as they have always had.
3. The wet food is friskies.whiskas dry food.
Also please note that I am not a new cat owner. We have had these cats since 2004 and I have had cats all my life. I know how much to feed them.
I would stop the dewormer to start with, this isn't something they should be on continually...only a one time thing, its hard on their systems and could be why she is losing weight.
also you say half a can per day....what size can?
a 5lb. cat would need at least 5ounces per day....I think you are feeding her too little.
whats the name of the foods you are feeding?