My cat is slowing down.

United States
May 30, 2007 11:18am CST
My cat is 15 years old and starting to slow down. There is a great decrease in his appetite. He isn't in any pain or discomfort. However he is starting to lose a lot of weight. I know that soon a decision will have to be made but until he seems uncomfortable I don't want to consider it. My question is does anyone have a home made cat food recipe that might entice him to eat a little more?
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@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
31 May 07
Oh, I'm very sorry to hear that. I had a cat that developed cancer when he was thirteen and his appetite was also nil the lst couple of weeks before I had to put him down. The one thing I was able to get him to east was a little bit of oxtail soup. I was able to get it in powdered form and mix small amounts for him as needed. I could also pour it into his kibbles, but in the end he just wanted the broth.
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• United States
31 May 07
Thanks for the suggestion of soup. He does drink well so maybe that will perk up his appetite.
• United States
30 May 07
I'm sad to say that when this situation happens, nothing will intise him to eat. Call the vet, just to make sure he isn't sick with something. If not, and is only aging, then as long as he is not in pain and going to the bathroom daily, what will be will be. My cat was 17 and a half years old, and I had the vet come to the house and put him to sleep in my arms. It was so difficult. I still miss and love him. It's been 14 years. But, he stopped eating and making. I was advised it was merciful at that time to put him to sleep. Good luck dear.
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• United States
31 May 07
I am so sorry about your cat. That is how I want Mickie to go. At home next to us. Since it is just old age, I just want him happy.
@SarahPT (136)
• United States
30 May 07
I agree on going to the vet for a check up. His slowing down and decreased appetite might not just be "old age" but a specific problem, possibly even a treatable one. Since he isn't eating well your vet also might have vitamins that come in a gel form that you can add to his food to ensure he's getting what he needs. It's so sad to see them age. best of luck to you.
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• United States
31 May 07
He has been to the vet but he didn't offer vitamins. Thanks for the suggestion. I will call and ask for some.
@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
30 May 07
Have you taken him into the vet for a check up? His teeth may be bothering him or he may be sick and need antibiotics. Keep him regularly wormed too. That makes a difference in their health. While I know 15 years is getting old, some cats will live 18-20 years or more. Housecats usually live longer than outside cats, so if your guy is an outside cat you could add quality years to his life by bringing him in. I don't have any specific recipes for you, but I often give good quality table scraps to our cats. Cooked meats for example. They enjoy the extra treat and eat it up. Have you tried feeding more canned food to your cat instead of dry food? That may be another idea for you.
• United States
31 May 07
I do give him meat that we eat and he enjoys small amounts. The vet says he is just old. But I have to try.
@Jshean20 (14362)
• Canada
30 May 07
This is very normal for a cat who is getting up there in age. Unfortunately I don't know of any homemade recipes that could help her to eat, I would imagine that if she's slowed down on the food that she normally ate she probably won't want to eat much of anything. 15 is a very good age for a cat, as long as she still seems comfortable I think you're doing the right thing by keeping him around :).
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• United States
31 May 07
Thanks. I think when his time comes he would rather be home.
• United States
30 May 07
You might have the vet check him out, my aunt had the same problem with here 18 year old dog. They took him in and at first couldn't find anything, so they gave him antibiotics. He got better, then drastically worse. It got so bad he was bleeding from his nose and mouth, they took him in again and it was cancer. They had to put him down, it was very sad. He may not look like he is suffering, however he could be in horrible pain. I suggest having your local vet check him to see whats going on, it could just be his teeth bothering him or it could be serious. With animals we love its better to be safe than sorry.
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• United States
31 May 07
Took him to the vet. He said there was nothing wrong but old age.
@kareng (21207)
• United States
31 May 07
I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty. 15 years is a long life for a cat though and you should feel honored to have taken such good care of him. I hope you find something that he likes so he doesn't lose too much weight. Have you talked to your vet about this?
@azimsay (545)
• India
31 May 07
Age is incrijing so your cat slowing down ,you ask your animal doctor.Take medicine.Take care for her.
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@ozangel82 (754)
• Australia
31 May 07
Unfortunately I dont know any recipes, your best bet would probably be to go to the vet and ask for special food for old cats or ask them if they know any recipes. My kitty lasted until he was 17 then he just started to wander off more for longer periods of time, then one day we found him under his favourite bush and he wasn't in a good way so we had to take him into the vet to be put down. I don't want to get you upset with that story as you probably still have a few good years with your cat but be prepared and him sstaying away etc are the first signs to look for.
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