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Unread 11-02-2009   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I am having some eating issues with my cat Casey and not sure what to do. First a little background, Casey is a Male, around 7-8 years old. A indoor cat and very healthy.

Eating was never a issue with him. He would eat almost everything you gave him (though rarely gave him people food), and he ate like a vacuum cleaner! Because of some weight issues (was 23 lbs, now around 15 lbs), he was on a prescription diet. Royal Canin Calorie Control/High Protein wet food which he loved.

Well things started to change around 2-3 weeks ago. I had to go to China for 10 days, so I put him in a kennel close to my house. This is a very good kennel which I've used before.....but for never this long of a time (10 days). It is also a veterinary clinic so if any happened he would be in good hands.

Well sometime towards the end of his stay he developed some diarrhea. The Dr. said could have been caused by stress. Well they put him on Metronidazole.

When I finally got him home it seemed his stools were getting better....then they started getting worse. That is when his appetite started to change.

He would show signs he was hungry, but when I went to feed him he would sniff and walk away. But if I offered a treat, he would eat those right down.

This went on for a few days. So in an effort to get him to eat, I picked up some Natural Balance wet food. Figured maybe a change in food would interest him. Since he would not touch his old food I could not change him over gradually. So I gave him a little of this Natural Balance and he seem to like it. I gave him a little more the next day and he only eat about half of what I gave him. Then the feeding time, again would not touch it. He would sniff it and walk away. At this point he would not even take a treat.

So in an attempt to get him to eat, I had some old dry food around which I sprinkled into the wet. That seemed to spark his interest. He was picking out the dry food from the wet. Again during this time, he would act like he was hungry.

So picked up some Royal Canin dry and tried. Well he seemed to like it. In the mean time his stools were still soft, so I took him back to the vet. The doctor said his tummy was tender (he could tell from how we was flinching when examined). So he took some blood and urine for test as well as stool sample.

They examined the stool right away and he still had some bacteria that could be cause the soft stool, so he put him back onto the Metronidazole.

Well it seemed this past week his appetite was getting better. He wasn't woofing down his food like he was, but he was eating. His stools also are pretty much normal. One thing I found he likes is these Greenies Pill Pockets. You put the pills inside these treats and it hides the smell. He loves these things.

So for the past few days he was finishing his food (get 1/2 cup in the morning and 1/2 cup at night). Then starting Saturday I noticed he was not finishing his food. Sunday he was leaving even more. Well today he barely touch it. He would nibble at it then walk away. And tonight he barely touched it. He would sniff, look at it and walk away. But he gobbled down the Pill Pocket with no problem.

So at this point I am lost what to do??? The urine and blood tests came back fine. So I do not know what is bothering him.

So HELP!!
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It could be the antibiotic causing nausea.

I recommend you start giving him some probiotic every day, there are several good animal ones to choose from including fortiflora (most vets carry it) which is a tasty powder, or benebac or probios (both available at most pet supply stores)

In addition ask your vet about giving him some pepcid ac every day. Usual dosage for an average size cat is 1/4 of a 10 mg tablet every day. Don't give the pepcid with out talking to the vet first.

There may be something else going on with Casey. Xrays and/or ultrasounds might be the next step, to tell if he's got something else going on inside. ( a growth, for example)

I do have one other suggestion and that is to seek a second opinion from another vet or ask for a referral to a veterinary internal medicine specialist.

I know how scary and frustrating it is to have an ill cat with no explanation. Please keep us updated on Casey
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Hi....quick update. I took him off the Metronidazole which he was on for the past 2 weeks. He may had a reaction to it, and the vet agrees. I did read it could cause a lose in appetite.

Well got him to eat a bit Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Put some treats in his food, and in the process of trying to eat them down he eat some of the regular food. Also he did poop on Tuesday which is a good sign.

So Wednesday took him back to the vet. He wanted to see if he missed something. This visit he mentioned his tummy felt good and tender like the last visit, so that is good. He checked his mouth and throat to see if there were any issues there...and none. Also he did not feel anything that would a blockage. He said if he did have some blockage he would be throwing up which he has not.

So now we'll see if it was the Metronidazole. It will take a bit to work out of his system. In the mean time the vet gave him something to help stimulate his appetite. And boy did it work! When I came home for work he was all over me. When I feed him, he was still a bit weary about eating but eventually he did eat everything in his bowl.
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Well I found out he was trying to trick me! The past few days I was putting some of his favorite treats in with the food to help entice him to eat. It seem to work. He would try to pick out the treats, and end up eating some of the regular food in the process. So last night when I came home I guess that appetite pill the vet gave him was working because he was meowing like crazy when I walked in.

So went to feed him. He looked at the food...looked at me...looked at the food and started meowing. So put in some treats and bingo! He started eating. And he did end up finishing the whole bowl of food.

So now I am seeing what is happening here! He is saying, "Yea I'll eat...but bring on those treats!"

So this morning I went to feed him, but no treats in the bowl. Just the normal food.

And sure enough he poured on the act! The walking away, meowing...the whole bit.

I told him,"No, that is all you are getting" and left him staring at me as I walk out the door to go to work.

Well the second I walked out the door I peak into the window...and there was that son-of-gun eating away!

I guess he new his plan was had! When I came home for lunch, sure enough all the food was gone! And tonight he laid off the act and went right to the food and finished it!

So I wonder....who trains who???

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I'm glad he's ok! He's a very hamdsome (and cheeky boy!)
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