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speedy da fish 08-30-2013 02:52 PM

Cats - Elderly cat that is underweight and has flaky skin
My cat is 14 now and starting to feel her age! I was wondering whether some sort of olive/ veg or fish oil (which one would be best?) would help her with her weight and skin condition. She has never eaten well; has been a fussy eater all her life and doesn't eat enough. Her skin is looking a bit flaky and she has trouble shedding - as in, her dead hair comes out in tufts.

Has anyone else experienced this? and would feeding a little oil or another supplement help her?

Thank you

DraftyAiresMum 08-30-2013 02:55 PM

We used to give my Dalmatian fish oil capsules to help with her shedding (didn't help that we were feeding her crap food, but that's a different matter). I would think it'd work for cats, too.

What food are you feeding her now?
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speedy da fish 08-30-2013 03:02 PM

Thanks very much :)

When we first got her we tried many foods with her as she is VERY fussy and the only one she would eat was Adult Go-Cat Complete Tuna, Herring and added Vegetables. It's a dry food as she wont touch wet food at all. She is a slow eater and doesn't eat all of what she is meant to but we try to encourage her as much as we can.

DraftyAiresMum 08-30-2013 03:06 PM

I've never heard of that brand. Is it a high quality food or a grocery store brand? I've found that the higher quality the food, the less shedding and better coat quality the animals have.

What has your vet said about your cat's condition?
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speedy da fish 08-30-2013 03:11 PM

Her food is middle of the road kinda stuff.. It's not a cheap shop brand and it's not premium either but it's a popular brand here in the UK.

She hasn't been to the vet for a while but he said last time that she was in good condition for her age (apart from the cold her had at the time). She has lost a little more weight now though.

MissingStar 08-30-2013 03:14 PM

Have you had her checked out for hyperthyroidism? As her appetite is poor this might not be the case here, but you never know.

Also, my vet advises to steer clear of fish-based cat foods, unless you know the iodine content. He recommends a non-fish diet for all cats, not just those with thyroid issues - when did you last see a cat catch a fish? Something about prolonged exposure to excessive iodine in the diet can predispose some cats to hyperthyroidism in later life.

speedy da fish 08-30-2013 03:22 PM

That's interesting, I didn't know that. Thing is she is a fussy eater and has only every touched fish based food (not entirely sure how much fish is actually in her food mind you). Did you vet suggest anything that help a cat maintain weight?

4horses 08-30-2013 04:28 PM

At that age I would want a full blood panel to check for Kidney function. Before symptoms show up a cat can loose 60% or more of their kidney function. My vet recommends any cat over 10 yrs old get tested yearly.

You may also want to try a limited ingredient diet. Could be allergies?

PastureSongs 08-30-2013 09:40 PM

I looked up the food.

Pretty much anything Purina is gonna be poo. The first couple of ingredients are basically corn and other grains and then by products.

Do you have anything over there like Taste of the Wild or Wellness?

speedy da fish 08-31-2013 04:56 AM

I haven't heard of that stuff :/ I had been worried about changing her food because this is one of many that she actually eats and feel like it would be a waste of time.

Are those brands wet food? Because she wont touch it.

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