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My poor old kitty, please help!

post #1 of 7
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We've had Tiggs for almost 10 years, which puts him at about 12 or 13 years old. For the past few years he has been EXTREMELY underweight. We've tried a product called Nutri- Cal for cats which is a high caloric supplement you mix into cat food. Unfortunately Tiggs won't eat his food with it in there, even if we put just a drop. I've very worried about him and nothing we do can seem to fatten him up. My dad thinks he might have cat leukemia because he used to not be able to keep his food down, but he's been fine with it lately . My theory is he is under stress since my whole family has moved into 1 house and now we have 3 other cats and two dogs. They all get along fine except for Tiggs who is very much a loner cat. The house is big but I still think it might be what's making him upset.

I've recently tried warming up half and half cream for him, which the likes a lot. Its 20 calories for every 15 mL which is about a tablespoon. He hasn't had any diarrhea or constipation, but I'm not sure how good it is for him to have cream. If anyone knows ANYTHING that might help to make him gain weight it would be much appreciated, we can't afford to take him to the vet. =(

Thank you!!
post #2 of 7
I would call the vet.
There are alot of things a cat that age could have.
If your cat had feline leukemia all your cats would get it.
Crf causes cat to be thin and throw up.There are alot of other things that can make a cat barf.
post #3 of 7
You really ought to take him to the vet, that's the only thing you can really do. Doing anything else is just stabbing into the dark. =/

There's a good guide on how to afford a trip to the vets in this forum.
post #4 of 7
First off a trip to the vet to rule out any "bad" things is in order. Ask about feeding your guy some kitten food.
post #5 of 7
Canned kitten food would also help him gain weight. Keeping him in a room by himself away from the others, if they stress him, will also help him.
post #6 of 7
Oh! If he's really stressed out, that can lead to other health issues, so you might want to invest in some feliway diffusers. They're expensive, but if they'll help calm him down, they're well worth the expense.
post #7 of 7
One word- vet. Read my article in Cat Health in the forum about how to afford vet care. But your senior kitty needs a vet now-

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