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        09-05-2013, 07:06 AM
    Green Broke
    So we are in the process of changing her food. It is something softer too so she is able to eat more of it. Looking good :) and she didn't protest much about changing either :)
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        09-05-2013, 01:38 PM
    Green Broke
    ^Good! Cats can be so picky! XD
        09-06-2013, 12:28 AM
    Green Broke
    Do not use grain based cat food. Period. I have used rx food, purina one, I have lost 3 cats to liver disease within a two year period. Now the remaining two cats get blue buffalo.
    Its the healthiest food I could find. Even some of the rx food is grains..
        09-06-2013, 12:45 AM
    Green Broke
    I second the blood panel. Hyperthyroidism and kidney disease are very common in older cats. The 1st is manageable with medication and 2nd can't be cured but can be slowed down.
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        09-06-2013, 05:03 AM
    I'm going to jump on the blood panel side as well. A CBC/SAP (Complete blood Count/Sick Animal Profile) wouldn't be a bad thing, get everything checked and then you will know if there is any medical reason for the weight loss and skin problems.

    Also, since she is having trouble shedding, get a good brush and brush her every week or two if she will tolerate it, since the last thing you want is matting of the fur which gets quite painful (especially if your cat is long-haired) make sure to check on her belly and in behind her elbows and groin area since those aren't easily seen unless you look.

    Has she had a dental checkup lately? If not then it is well worth getting one, there's always a chance that she could be eating slowly and not finishing meals because it hurts or is difficult due to some issue, much like our horses.

    Ask the vets about a food, if you can afford it then a dry food from the vets will be your best bet. I'm not sure what you can get where you are, but I know Hills is a popular brand of very good food in many countries including NZ, they make special diets for the older cats, ensuring that everything is highly digestible so the body system doesn't have to work so hard to get the nutrients it needs from the food.
    -Vet food also *tends* to work out cheaper in the long run than supermarket/middle class food, because you have to feed less to achieve the nutritional requirements.

    I see you are switching her foods too, I hope that works well for you, if she suddenly decides that she doesn't like this new food, then you can go back to the old one and just put a little bit of water over the biscuits and make them a bit softer
        09-10-2013, 05:37 PM
    With my old girl, she was actually sensitive to anything beef. Beef, beef by products, animal fat, animal by a result she was skinny, even though she ate plenty, and had terrible skin/hair. I managed to get her switched to a food with nothing that she had problems with and she picked up her weight and her coat was beautiful! I 100% believe that most of the problems are CAUSED by sh**** foods filled with grains that are fed from such a young age. Even my kitten, that I got from his breeder, was being fed IAMS (yuck). He's a Ragdoll and is supposed to have a gorgeous, silky coat but it was rough and yucky. Switched him to a grain free diet and everyone always complements his silky coat. Same with the dog. He looks like his coat should be kind rough but it is silky and soft. I am sure it's the quality of food he gets! I temporarily had a cat from the shelter, probably a Maine Coon. Her coat was terrible, got her on a quality food and she got silky and shiny. No need for supplemental oils.

    Now, all that said. A blood panel is not a bad idea at all. Especially at that age. Food is probably a huge factor, but that may not be all of it!!
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