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Old April 16th, 2011, 05:24 AM
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Please Help - Going out of my mind with a picky eater cat who is losing weight

I have a 7 year old cat who was diagnosed long ago with a sensitive stomach. She does not have IBS. No diarrhea, just certain foods don't make her feel very well...

Long story short, she had been on Eukaneuba/Iams Low Residue Vet food until the recall for Salmonella. When the recall happened, the vet took her off of it and substituted with Purina EN. She was on Purina EN for a month or so when they changed the formula. After feeding her one feeding of the "new" EN, she had violent vomiting - 10 times within an hour.

I rushed her to the vet, they did tests, and said she was fine. But I refused to feed her that food again.

Since then it has been a nightmare of trial and error. She has tried every food in the pet store, I think! So far we have tried Life's Abundance (she likes this, but I think it is too rich for her), California Natural, Innova Cat and Kitten (she liked the canned, but again, I think it may have been too rich), Halo (until I found out it has garlic in it - didn't like it anyway), Addiction, Fromm, Newman's Own, Honest Kitchen.

She has started to lose weight, which is freaking me out. She is now down to 9.8 pounds, and a good weight for her is 11.

In desperation, to try and get her to eat and get her weight stable, I bought some "junk food" cat food at the grocery store last night, but I think that also upsets her tummy.

I also bought some baby food which we fed our 18 year old when she had kidney disease, and Cailie won't touch it. Very picky.

Can anyone suggest a food to try for a sensitive stomach cat? I know that canned is supposed to be better for cats, but is canned too rich? (She seems to have upset tummy after eating canned).

I even tried some cooked natural food - very expensive, but cost is not an issue here, her health comes first. She wouldn't touch it.

To compound matters, we are going away Easter weekend for a couple of days, but worse we are going to Italy May 5 - 14th so we don't have alot of time to find something that works. I think all this switching of food also isn't helping the issue.

When we get back from Italy, I may be willing to try raw if this is something people think would help. Right now I just want to get a food that she will eat while we are away - preferably dry for the time being, then we will reintroduce canned.
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Old April 16th, 2011, 06:30 AM
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I am so sorry you are going through that with your kitty. I assume by tests, the vet did a full blood panel and urinalysis? Did the vet suggest an appetite stimulant? How are her teeth, did the vet do a thorough check of all of them?

Yup, anything Iam/Purina is pretty much junk in my opinion and I wouldn't feed that to my cat, and canned is better for your kitty than any kibble.

Have you tried Fancy Feast, the pate type? I don't normally recommend that food, but it is one food that cats seem to just love. Is your kitty a fishy eater? You could try sprinkling some pulverized freeze dried salmon over her canned to get her to eat some. I've done that with Puddles when I was trying to get her off junk kibble.

My cat's favourite non fish food is: Nature's Variety Instinct, Venison Flavour, followed by the Lamb one. Their favourite treat is Almo Nature, which is NOT nutritionally complete, but you can mix with their canned food for extra flavour. These foods can be purchased at quality pet food stores.

Good luck ! and please keep us posted.
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Old April 16th, 2011, 08:43 AM
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I have the same problem with my 12 year old, that only weighs 6lbs she finds a food that she likes then all of a sudden she goes off of it. Nothing wrong with her just a fussy fart, but then your hunting around again looking for a food that she will likesometimes we can go back to a food that she went off of but it doesn't always work. I don't know all my other cats over the years were fine with one type of food their whole lives.
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Old April 16th, 2011, 03:08 PM
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Eating some...

No, the vet didn't do bloodwork. My regular vet was off and the covering vet is afraid of my cat. The poor cat gets so nervous she cries out and people think she is a mean cat. The vet said all her vitals were fine, so there was no need to do bloodwork. But if she continues down this road of not eating right, I'll bring her back.

She IS eating (today anyway) the Fancy Feast gross kibbles that I bought last night, mixed in with her "good" food "Life's Abundance". However, I am afraid I might be compounding the problem feeding her "bad" food that might be further irritating her little tummy.

A couple things I was wondering about:

1) I have read that slippery elm can be helpful. Is this safe to use? How much and how?

2) Does anyone know of a quality food that is mild on the stomach? I read somewhere I think about Natural Balance Duck and Pea. I find that vets don't seem to know alot about foods - they stick to Iams and Science Diet vet diets.

Preferably, I would like something that has NOT had recalls.
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Old April 16th, 2011, 03:31 PM
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Glad to hear she is eating some today. It is best to try and get her to eat canned food though. Here is a website with great information .....


Love4Himies, 14+kitties, sugarcatmom and growler are the cat gurus here and I'm sure one of them will be along soon to give you their advice.
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Old April 16th, 2011, 11:59 PM
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http://fussiecat.com/ That food works WONDERS as well, but isn't available in many places yet. Very popular at the pet store I work at for these types of situations.

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