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Q: Does anyone else have an old cat???

August 7, 2008 | By Albert G. | 7 answers | Expired: 2192 days ago

Does anyone else have an old cat???

My cat is 13-14 years old and I recently had the problem of her always wanting canned food.
I decided to give her a little bit of both, dry and wet twice a day. But just a little bit of each. People have been telling me that maybe I should mix it because she is getting old and her teeth might be bothering her.
Any comments on that?

Readers' Answers (7)
Ronatha
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Aug 07, 2008

I woud definetly take her to the vet if you haven't doen so recently for a few good reasons:
Is she dehydrated? Can food has considerably more water content.
Does she have some dental disease and/or a painful tooth? Not wanting hard food can mean a dental problem or less commonly a tumor in the mouth (one of my cats had this).
All older cats need routine blood tests bi-annually including thyroid as these can pick up the beginning of serious diseases before they get worse.
Keep us posted!

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Jessica H.
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Aug 07, 2008

If she normally eats kibble and only recently seems to "refuse" to eat it, I would definitely take her into the vet to have her teeth checked out as you've been told correctly -- she could have dental problems and she isn't eating kibble and is favoring wet food because its painful to eat. Please, please get her to the vet.

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Michele Z.
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Aug 07, 2008

It would make more sense to give an older cat ALL canned food than to try mixing canned and dry. "Ronatha" (below) mentioned the possibility of a dental or other problem, which I agree is something you need to have your vet evaluate.

Some of my adoptees initially only ate dry food, apparently because they had never tasted canned food. It took KeyZo MONTHS to break down and decide to taste canned cat food, and he was immediately hooked. He now eats more canned than dry food. All of my cats seem to prefer canned over dry cat food, but they also like to have dry food available for snacks. Of the six, I'd say that the youngest, Zac, eats the most dry food and the oldest, Luzy (over 12 years), eats very little dry food. This could be related to the quality of their teeth.

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