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What should I eat?

helen wardhelen ward Paisley, Renfrewshire, UKMember Posts: 340
edited 25 January, 2007 in Food & Nutrition
Hi, I'm Fudge. I snuck outside although I'm a housecat and was missing for 11 days. I have lost a lot of weight as I was all alone in gale force winds, torrential rain, flooding and snow! My collar is about an inch too big now! My meowmie wants to know what is the best food to give me to build me up again. Kitty kisses, Fudge.x

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  • Jana PhillipsJana Phillips RaleighMember Posts: 846
    edited 23 January, 2007
    Oh no! I hope you are ok and have been to the vet to make sure of this. I would recommend feeding a high protein/high calorie kitten food. Royal Canin kitten would probably be one of my top choices.
  • Jerry MikutisJerry Mikutis ChicagoMember Posts: 135
    edited 23 January, 2007
    Yikes! I hope you're okay - I really recommend going to the vet for a checkup b/c kitties shouldn't lose weight rapidly due to getting fatty liver - cats shouldn't lose more than a lb. a month to prevent this from happening. I also recommend wet kitten food to make sure that you get enough nutrients.
  • Desiree BrookeDesiree Brooke MechanicsvilleMember Posts: 63
    edited 23 January, 2007
    I would also recommend you visit you\'re veterinarian. Cats who lose a lot of weight in a short period of time can develop a condtion called hepatic lipidosis, which can be fatal if not treated! You could have picked up external parasites or even internal ones while outside! You\'re veterinarian may have a prescription food such as Hill\'s a/d which is a highly palatable, high fat, high protein wet food!
  • Melissa FordMelissa Ford Santa CruzMember Posts: 3,914
    edited 23 January, 2007
    A vet visit is in order to make sure that not only your liver is in good shape, but also your kidneys, as lack of water can contribute to kidney disease or infection. Please, if you haven't done so, call your vet and get an exam and some blood work done. As far as a good food, Hills a/d is a high fat, high calorie food that is extremely palatable. You could also look into feeding a kitten food, but again you'll want to be sure your kidneys can handle the extra protein. Glad you are safe at home now!!!
  • Desiree BrookeDesiree Brooke MechanicsvilleMember Posts: 63
    edited 25 January, 2007
    As an interesting side note, cats can actually go an impressively long amount of time without water! As their ancestors were desert cats they are extremely capable of concentrating their urine when they need to do so! Renal failure is likely not a concern in this case, as lack on water is rarely a cause of renal dysfunction!
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