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Food & Nutrition > Need Advice on the right cat food for elderly cat

Munch

Miracle Kitty
 
 
Purred: Sun Dec 9, '12 8:38am PST 
Sorry...just noticed you guys were talking about IBD, not IBS. I'll look that up and see what I find! Thanks!
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Food & Nutrition > Need Advice on the right cat food for elderly cat
Munch

Miracle Kitty
 
 
Purred: Sun Dec 9, '12 8:35am PST 
My vet has tested Munches thyroid (several times over the past year, btw), which was always normal. I don't know much about IBS in cats, so I'll have to look that up.

My worry is that I have spent so much money on switching him to different kinds of cat foods, and he doesn't like any of them (except that horrible Friskies!) I can't afford to keep buying these expensive brands, and hoping he'll like them (when most of the time he doesn't).

I was hoping someone knew of a healthy dry food that is not too outrageous in price. Or are there semi-dry/wet cat foods out there??? Something softer so it would be easier to chew for him? Like I said, he refuses to eat canned wet food to my dismay!

My vet really is a good vet. I've been going to him for over a decade and he has saved the lives of many of my rescues and given me discount after discount because I rescue and he knows I'm poor. I can't really afford to find another vet (nor do I want to). I have taken Munch in so many times over the past 2 yrs to find out why he has diarrhea and vomiting, and all of the tests show nothing. My vet thinks Munch may have issues because he has herpes (all of my cats have the herpes virus).

I will try him on a new food to see if I can find one that agrees with him...but I was hoping I could get it narrowed down to the best dry food for a cat his age and in his condition so I don't go out and buy a ton of different brands that he won't eat.

Has anyone else had issues with Taste of the Wild? My other cats seem to like it, but for some reason Munch does not. I thought it would be a good food cuz it's grain-free. I really liked feeding them the Blue Buffalo, but there are so many strange ingredients (all the berries, etc) and I think it was too hard on Munches stomach (and some of my other cats as well). I need to find a cat food that is similar in price to TOTW & Blue Buffalo, b/c I am feeding 8 so it can get VERY expensive (and I'm pretty poor!) Most people in my financial situation give their cats the cheapest food they can buy, but I sacrifice to feed my cats decent food. But it's hard. I know some of the food a couple of you mentioned are out of my price range.

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Food & Nutrition > Need Advice on the right cat food for elderly cat

Munch

Miracle Kitty
 
 
Purred: Sat Dec 8, '12 4:45am PST 
I have 8 rescues, and Munch,one of the oldest (14 yrs) has lost a lot of weight recently. He is part Maine Coon and was always very large (16 lbs) but now he's probably only 12 lbs.

He's been to the vet who drew blood, did a physical exam, and fecal exam. Nothing was found to indicate what is going on with him.

Another worry I have is that he vomits A LOT.

I feed all my cats Taste of the Wild dry food, but he seems to not like it. I fed them Blue Buffalo dry for a couple years, but it really didn't agree with Munch. He had horrible diarrhea, and since switching to the TOTW, his diarrhea has gotten much better. But I don't think he likes the taste.

He's constantly trying to get into the container of dry Friskies I feed my feral colony. But I don't want him to eat that. When he does, he pukes up red dye puke. I know that stuff is not good for him.

Any suggestions on what I could feed Munch instead of TOTW?

My biggest issue is that he REFUSES to eat wet food. I have been trying to get him to try it for years...all different kinds/brands. He has no interest. He doesn't even like cat treats...only dry cat food.

I am at a loss for what to give him to fatten him up. Making home-made food isn't the answer either b/c I've gone that route and it was a no-go.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Cat Health > Cat has VERY irritated, itchy skin. Product recommendation?

Munch

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Purred: Fri Aug 17, '12 9:46pm PST 
Hi Sophie's mom...just wondering if you've tried any of the remedies we recommended & if they worked. Give us an update if you can! I hope her itching is better!
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Cat Health > Cat has VERY irritated, itchy skin. Product recommendation?

Munch

Miracle Kitty
 
 
Purred: Sat Aug 4, '12 7:13pm PST 
Sophie, my mom's cat Munch (13 yrs old) has developed some sort of allergies in the past couple years. She's been taking him in to the vet for cortisone shots every month or so, but she thinks he's become immune to them. He itches so bad he causes open sores. My mom was watching the Dr OZ Show the other day and there was a holistic vet on there that recommended using apple cider vinegar (diluted with water) to swab on the affected areas with a cotton swab. She's been putting the mix on Munch for the past four days or so, and it seems to be working! We were worried the strong vinegar smell would bother Munch, but he doesn't seem to be bothered by it at all, and he is not itching nearly as much! I didn't see the show myself, so maybe do a little research about that sort of holistic treatment for itching. If you like what you read, give it a try! It's much less costly than cortisone shots and I'm sure much better health-wise for your cat. Good luck! (p.s. make sure it's apple cider vinegar, and not white vinegar!)
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Behavior & Training > Not pleased...
Munch

Miracle Kitty
 
 
Purred: Tue Feb 23, '10 8:52pm PST 
Cat are naturally curious and the more he sits in the window watching all the excitment going on out there, the more he'll want to go see it all for himself.

Have you ever thought of getting a kitty harness and a leash and taking him out? My kitties LOVE to get to go outside from time to time. Even twice a week would greatly enrich your fur-babies life. Of course, make sure they are updated on their vaccinations and are treated for fleas. But if it's possible for you to do, your kitty would be in kitty heaven to be able to sniff all the new smells out there in the world.

Also, maybe kitty is bored inside. Buy or even make enrichment toys to occupy your kitty. I used an old pill bottle (make sure you thuroughly clean it out) and drilled a hole in it and put cat treats inside. My kitties roll it all around in the kitchen trying to get the treats to come out. Make sure there's a window kitty can look out and maybe place a bird feeder up close to the window so kitty can watch the birds eat. Cats LOVE that.

If you don't already have one, cat trees (or cat condos) are great fun for kittties. They can be expensive, but I've found good deals on Craigslist.com

Good luck with ur kitty!
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