Just a little update

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Hey there,

Not too much new over here with the big guy… who is now a little guy.  You guys, I truly do not know what to do to get him to gain weight.  I haven’t weighed him lately but if I had to guess he’s around 7 pounds.  He was just about 10 pounds after amputation.  He does eat, and his appetite seems fine.  I truly think it’s because his teeth are in such rough shape, so he has a harder time eating as much food as he may want to.  I’ve tried wet food in every possible way… he will not touch it.  I don’t want to COMPLETELY take away his dry food and force him to eat the wet food because at this point, any food is better than no food.  He is 100% skeptical of whipped cream now (since I tried and failed when hiding pills in there–even crushed up).  He’s always been a fan of cake frosting, so I might just go buy him a cake and see what happens.

When he’s not around, I’ve been misting water on his hard food to attempt to soften it a little bit for him.. I think this isn’t NOT working, but I just don’t know.  I feel like he’s eventually going to get so skinny and his little body won’t be able to sustain how hard his heart and lungs are already working.

As a reminder, it’s been three months since the doc told us he has probably about six months left.  He’s on daily pain meds, but I don’t see a ton of signs of pain, honestly.  He occasionally has breathing attacks, but he’s getting around fine.  He’s certainly not as social as he was, maybe because he always assumes I’m trying to medicate him.  But he doesn’t play as much either.  But his bathroom habits and food and water all seem to be fine.  Aside from just not eating enough.  (How is it that his sister who eats maybe 1/4c of food daily just keeps packing on the weight???  She is so chubby.)

On a positive note, we’re moving OUT of the house with the dog in a little less than a month.  The new place will also be carpeted versus hardwood floors.. he has a hard time with the wood floors I think.  Just less “give” haha.  I’ll also be able to control the environmental factors a little better, so less stuff in the air for both the kiddos, and it’ll just be cleaner in general.  My poor little girl has really bad seasonal allergies right now, so I’m looking forward to that change as well.

She always sits on him.. then gives me this look when I move her.

Sorry so blurry. So skinny! My poor buddy.

So, not much else to say.  Any suggestions on how to get a picky, dry food-addicted cat with bad teeth to eat more??  All suggestions welcome.  Have a good one!

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  • otisandtess says:

    Such sweet cats. Looks like they have a great relationship!

  • N. & Company says:

    It’s possible that the cancer itself may be affecting both his metabolism (cachexia) and appetite. I lost one of mine to complications associated with primary lung cancer a few years ago, and it took the better part of a year to figure out where the problem was because his issues (waxing and waning appetite, slowed GI transit time) weren’t respiratory. Lots of boring bloodwork and abdominal ultrasounds before we finally ended up taking an x-ray of the entire cat and finding an unfortunate surprise in his chest.

    If he is eating less than he used to, it might be worth discussing a trial of anti-nausea medication +/- an appetite stimulant (depending on how well he’s eating) with your vet. If you are seeing significant weight loss in spite of a relatively normal appetite, cancer cachexia may be to blame. Have you talked to your vet about the weight loss? They might have some suggestions. Any reason for the switch to canned food?

    One of my go-to foods to encourage eating is meat-based baby food (with no onion or garlic). Gerber’s “ham and gravy” was a staple in our house when we were dealing with a chronic kidney disease kitty last year. He also liked the Fancy Feast broths and Delectables stews (which aren’t complete and balanced, but at that point, my primary focus was getting calories in with minimal strife), and “toppings” like tuna juice, shredded cheese, lunchmeat or chicken, treats. That refrigerated FreshPet stuff also got a thumbs up. Unless he has dietary restrictions, might be worth trying a wide variety of options and seeing what sticks.

    I’m sorry you guys are having to go through this. Cancer sucks.

    • Jaime says:

      Great suggestions! I really think his appetite is good and he’s hindered by bad teeth (my failure as a cat mom, ugh). I switched to canned food to hopefully give him something that hurt less to eat. I’ll try some of the other suggestions though.. I feel like the gravy might help, as long as it doesn’t alter the appearance of his dry food too much. LOL–it’d be really funny if it wasn’t almost literally a life or death thing with him. I don’t worry too much about complete and balanced now either, so ANYTHING is a possibility. I’ll check some of those out today, thank you!

  • Joy&Ginger says:

    Another suggestion if he will drink it is the kitten/senior cat milk they make. I’m talking the good stuff like KMR not catsip, etc. They weren’t cancerous, etc but I used it with a couple of my geriatric cats when their weight started to decline. Good luck.

  • jerry says:

    Oh my gosh what a look your girl is giving you!

    I’d agree that moving into a house with traction on the floors will really boost his confidence..

    I also think that the cancer cachexia could be taking its toll. Yep, an anti-nausea med can help. I would also consider consulting with a vet nutritionist to come up with a good formula to get him to eat. One thing I learned at a recent vet conference was to feed off paper plates. I mention more tips in this recent post:


    Let us know what works OK?

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