I feel like I'm running an old folks home for animals. I'm dealing with a blind/deaf 15 year old dog and two 18 year old cats (among others). Here's my problem...my one 18 year old, Samantha, has been losing weight and we noticed her chewing funny. It's hard to describe. She would eat a little and then turn her head to the side and start chewing and making a funny noise. I took her to the vet and she had blood work done (senior profile). Everything is OK except her renal numbers are up slightly. (My other 18 year old cat has been that way for 1 1/2 years.) Her teeth look good for an old cat...just a couple of red spots. The vet put her on an antibiotic just in case. After five days on the antibiotic she's still not eating much. We have to coax her to eat and then she eats maybe a teaspoonful. I've offered her everything I can think of but she walks away. If she eats anything it's the dry food. She starts off chewing OK and then turns her head and starts this funny chewing with a strange noise. I wish I could describe it better. The vet now has her on pain medicine just in case and an appetite stimulator with vitamins. She acts OK otherwise. She sometimes follows us around and sits on the computer desk and talks to me, but something is wrong. Has anyone else every had anything like this happen with their cat? Any suggestions on what to try and feed her? I've tried meat baby food, tuna, salmon, and various flavors of canned food. I'm open to all suggestions. I'm not about to give up on this cat yet. I want to give her every chance possible. She's a sweetheart. One more thing...she's come to associate me with medicine and sometimes tries to get away. I told my family that I'd be the only one to give her medicine and they should be the ones to try and feed her. It's difficult for me to do the feeding when she's starting to associate me with something she doesn't like. Thanks.
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3/15/06 at 4:00pm