Would a raised dish help my older cat eat more?
I'm Molly. I'm "about 10" (a lady never tells!) with early signs of kidney failure, and my carer is concerned that I might have something called Arthur Itis. Never heard of him before, but she says she thinks I don't eat as much as I should because my dish is on the floor and this Arthur fellow makes my back hurt.
I don't like to drink water from the bottom of our fountain either. Only the top near my face. And I eat more when my dish is on a raised surface. But, I climb and jump fabulously, in spite of -ahem- maturing gracefully.
(Would a glucosamine/chondroitin supplement be a good addition to her diet?
Are there any herbs/supplements I can add to help her feel better?
Note: I have to feed some kibble because she's reluctant to eat wet food without it, but the majority of her calories come from canned food. We also have a fountain for their water to slow down the kidney problems.)
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I really think Molly should be seen by a veterinarian for a "senior" check-up. Yes, maybe she has arthritis, but I wouldn't be giving her any herbs or supplements without consulting with a vet. She is most likely due for a blood work-up to see what her kidney, liver and thyroid functions are, as well as her glucose reading to make sure she isn't diabetic. Only your vet can recommend a proper diet and meds after evaluating her and running some diagnostic tests. I wish you and Molly all the best. Please schedule an appointment for her to be checked out soon.