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Orange Fuzzball
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« on: August 24, 2007, 12:16:49 PM »

Hi all,

For the last couple of days, KD has been pretty uninterested in her food. She's still eating a little bit, just not nearly as much as usual. She's acting completely normal otherwise and not showing any signs of illness.

Before you all race for the reply button and tell me to rush her to the vet now because she might get hepatic lipidosis, read on ...

This has happened once before, a few years ago, only worse; that time I could barely get her to eat at all. I did take her to the vet, and he prescribed an appetite stimulant pill. It worked - she ate - but I really hated the effect that pill had on her. It was like someone was forcing her to eat, and every bite was an ordeal. Like she was eating, but she really didn't want to be. I promised myself I'd never do that to her again unless it got to the point where force feeding was the only alternative.  Sad

We're not at that point now. I can still coax her to eat if I follow her around with the food bowl, and I'm hopeful she'll return to her normal eating habits soon. But if it does get worse, I'd like an alternative to those awful pills. Does anyone know of anything gentler and more natural that could be used as an appetite stimulant?

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2007, 12:28:30 PM »

Hi all,

For the last couple of days, KD has been pretty uninterested in her food. She's still eating a little bit, just not nearly as much as usual. She's acting completely normal otherwise and not showing any signs of illness.

Before you all race for the reply button and tell me to rush her to the vet now because she might get hepatic lipidosis, read on ...

This has happened once before, a few years ago, only worse; that time I could barely get her to eat at all. I did take her to the vet, and he prescribed an appetite stimulant pill. It worked - she ate - but I really hated the effect that pill had on her. It was like someone was forcing her to eat, and every bite was an ordeal. Like she was eating, but she really didn't want to be. I promised myself I'd never do that to her again unless it got to the point where force feeding was the only alternative.  Sad

We're not at that point now. I can still coax her to eat if I follow her around with the food bowl, and I'm hopeful she'll return to her normal eating habits soon. But if it does get worse, I'd like an alternative to those awful pills. Does anyone know of anything gentler and more natural that could be used as an appetite stimulant?

Thanks!
Hi Orange Fuzzball, What are you feeding her?  I've had this happen over the years, and it's really not related to an illness.  Sometimes they just get sick and tired of the same food over and over.  If that's a possibility, then you'll have to make a hard decision on what else to transition her to. 
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2007, 12:32:39 PM »

Does catnip make her hungry?

My cats go nuts if I sprinkle oregano on the ground, rolling in it like catnip.

I know some cats have no reaction to catnip at all.
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2007, 12:34:55 PM »

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Does anyone know of anything gentler and more natural that could be used as an appetite stimulant?

What works for me is a glass of red wine Grin

Although never seen our cat fond of wine, some of the dogs will drink it.

Have this problem with some of our dogs, cats always eat, sometimes they just have 'off' days, get tired of the food etc. Our Maggie here does that some days she just won't eat her food, however she will bug the living hell out of us for OUR food, treats etc. just doesn't feel like eating her food.

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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2007, 12:51:25 PM »

  Hi OF,  Alfalfa (leaves and flowers) is considered to be a natural appetite stimulant that may be sprinkled directly onto her food.  Or you could try using some catnip.
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2007, 12:56:52 PM »

Nabiya: She's eating various dry foods, and Wellness Turkey canned. She's one of those cats that doesn't like change. Before the recalls she was eating the same food for years, and all the food changes since then have been hard on her.  Sad  I may try a different flavour of Wellness (she also likes Beef & Salmon), just to see if it stimulates her to eat.

My first thought was actually that there was something wrong with the particular can of Wellness, since the problem started right after I opened a new can. But she's eaten nearly an entire case of the same food with the same production code and expiry date with no problems. I threw out the rest of it and opened another can, and she's equally uninterested in that one - so I don't think it's the food.

JustMe and Laurie: She doesn't go crazy-wild for catnip, but she does like the smell. I'll try that. Didn't know about oregano or alfalfa - I'll try that too!

dingbat: LOL! Oddly, she doesn't like "human food." She'll lick up the juice from a can of tuna, but that's about it.

Since she doesn't appear ill, I'm thinking it's just that - a few "off" days. I just don't want her to have too many in a row, or she might get sick with fatty liver syndrome (did I mention she's pretty chubby?  Tongue).

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Forgot to mention: I took a look at her teeth, and they don't look any worse than usual. She doesn't register pain when I push on the sides of her mouth (just annoyance that I dare to poke around there!  Wink ). She does have a tendency to get nose crud, but that hasn't been a problem lately. Maybe she's starting a kitty cold and can't smell her food.
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2007, 01:04:14 PM »

OF, My 17-year-old kitty devours the Beef & Salmon.  It really surprised me after seeing so many posts here and on pet food list forum about cats that didn't like it.  It is the only wellness that he will lick his dish for in 2 sittings.  The others he eats a little and stops eating, goes back again and I always end up giving him FF Turkey & Giblets or Newman's.  The rest of the cats devour all the grain-frees plus EVO wet.

We're still posting Wellness codes on the Cat Food Experience board if you want to check there.
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2007, 01:07:01 PM »

   OF, If she has a stuffy nose that could definitely interfere with her desire to eat. Cats very much rely on their sense of smell where food is concerned. You could also try getting her to be more active. Maybe she would work up an appetite?  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2007, 01:13:01 PM »

Hi Orange Fuzzball,  I had transitioned my 3 cats to Felines Pride raw a few months ago.  Then my oldest cat (19) got constipated and we suspected not enough fiber in the raw.  So we transitioned her to Newmans turkey canned, but the phosphorus is too high for her.  Decided to try Wellness canned turkey.  She ate that with no problem for two weeks.  Then last week I purchased another batch of Wellness turkey, and she wouldn't eat it any longer.  My production codes on the cans are:
MW9 19:46
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I now started her on Nature's Variety Instinct canned rabbit and she loves it.  Hopefully she'll like it for more than a month.
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2007, 01:24:15 PM »

  OF, If she has a stuffy nose that could definitely interfere with her desire to eat. Cats very much rely on their sense of smell where food is concerned. You could also try getting her to be more active. Maybe she would work up an appetite?  Grin
Hi Laurie, very good point you mention.  They definitely won't eat it if they can't smell it.  I have at times rubbed some food gently into their mouths, and then they have started eating on their own.
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« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2007, 01:27:39 PM »


Although never seen our cat fond of wine, some of the dogs will drink it.

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Our first German Shepherd used to like Heineken.  Wouldn't drink any other beer.  She knocked over a bottle one day and drank about half of it before we could get to her and started burping.  After that, DH would just let her have a few licks of it on occasion.
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« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2007, 04:38:02 PM »

I had a Siamese who liked martinis, and she lasted 20 years. On the food side, none of mine could resist chicken liver.
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« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2007, 04:51:26 PM »

I had a Siamese who liked martinis, and she lasted 20 years.

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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2007, 05:32:39 PM »

You can try freeze dried chicken, just crumble it over the food, or parmesan cheese.

Halo freeze dried chicken is a great treat, but highly addictive it seems. Mine are all crazy about it.
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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2007, 07:34:28 PM »

Thanks for all the ideas guys!

I had some oregano here so I tried putting some in front of her to see if she reacted, but with no result. She didn't even seem to notice it was there. It was dried though; maybe it only works if it's fresh. Had a little more success with parmesan cheese - she licked it enthusiastically out of my hand - but she's not fooled by me putting it on her food. Can't get her to exercise up an appetite, but that's nothing unusual for her lazy ass.  Tongue

Tomorrow I'm going to pick up some catnip and some different flavoured canned foods to see if anything tempts her. Until then, I guess I'll just follow her around with the food; that at least is still working to a degree. I just hope she doesn't end up too constipated from this - I know what happens to my insides when I'm sick and not eating.  Sad
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