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I have an 18 yr old female cat who's 1. Not eating well. Eating maybe one of those FF broths and nibbling on wet food a few times a day 2. Grooming all the time. White hair everywhere. No bald spots. Cara just grooms and grooms. 3. Sometimes at night she howls. This stopped when she was eating and when her sister, Dots, went to sleep with her at night in their heated beds in the basement. 4. Cara's lost weight 5. Her fur is silky and soft not greasy. 5. Sometimes, I think she doesn't know me because she runs from me. Other times she comes up to my bedroom and hops in bed. 6. She wants to be outside in her lawn chair in the sun. When she walks her tail is always up. She still jumps and runs. 7. She's eating a little grain free dry. When she does eat, she eats a little at a time. At least 5x a day. But the past 2 days she's put her nose up at everything. Chicken, salmon, hamburger,turkey, wet cat food. That being said, she seems perfectly ok just has no desire to eat. Wants to be outside in the sun. Is this kitt dementia? Thyroid? Any ideas? Thanks, Chris.

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June 30, 2016 at 7:32 PM

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Has there been any blood work done or urine sample checked? Has your veterinarian looked at her mouth carefully? A sore mouth will retard eating. A stool sample should be checked for parasites and digestive enzyme capabilities. If the kidneys are not working properly appetite can decrease and fluids given might be helpful in stimulating the appetite. But you need to act soon or it can be hard to turn things around once a cat stops eating. Please let us know what you find out.

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
July 1, 2016 at 12:00 AM
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