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Message 1343372 - Posted: 6 Mar 2013, 5:58:57 UTC
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Anybody know any sure-fire ways to fatten up a kitty?

Our little Zsa Zsa is not a food driven kitty. She was ill a couple of months ago and she lost some weight. She is better now and she has gained back some weight, but she is still a skinny, skinny cat. We have tried the following:

1. Supplemental meals of high calorie kitten food (even though she is an adult cat)

2. Locking her siblings out of a room when she is eating so that they don't push her away from the bowl and she can take her time eating

3. Re-presenting food offerings up to three times if she turns up her snotty little cat nose

4. Special high calorie wet food purchased from our vet

5. Supplemental all-meat baby food purees (Gerber's Stage 2 chicken, ham & turkey flavors)

6. Extra kitty treats whenever possible

We have had some success in putting her lost weight back on her, but progress has been slow and her weight gain appears to have plateaued lately.

Have we missed anything obvious?

Does anyone have any good tricks that we haven't tried?

Zsa Zsa's energy levels and behavior are normal, so we have no reason to assume she is still ill. (Right now she is chasing Eva up and down the stairs, burning calories she can ill afford to spare!!!) Zsa Zsa's teeth look ok and our vet has not voiced any concerns in that area. Every time I pet that cat, all I feel are bones!

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Message 1343386 - Posted: 6 Mar 2013, 6:44:19 UTC - in response to Message 1343372.

Maybe you can try this for Zsa Zsa?

NutriCal is an excellent additive.

You may want to try a little human baby food, such as chicken or lamb.

Sardines.

Hope one of the above helps.

Good luck with Zsa Zsa! :-)

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Message 1343410 - Posted: 6 Mar 2013, 9:30:04 UTC

How old?

Have you tried hair ball medicine?

Healthy cats can go up to seven days with no food without any ill effects. I like to ask have you ever seen a starved to death cat in a tree or up a pole? No. When they get hungry they come down. Check it out. Some cats can be skinny and be Ok. That is a tuff call you have going there. I would think monitoring her habits is the best barometer of her condition. She will fatten up with exercise and time hopefully.

If she is running stairs and playing and sleeping like normal you might try reducing amounts and or frequency of meals to see if she will want more. Reverse logic works for a while some times or hopefully once on mine. Hehehe Try a different time of day in a different place/room. Try a raised feeding dish she has to stand up at to eat not bend down. I did that for an injured one once. One other thing does her tags and junk (mine got bells & tags) hung down in the way and or get in the food/water?

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Message 1345179 - Posted: 11 Mar 2013, 2:46:20 UTC

GF If your Vet is not worried nor should you be. Latte is skinny too, but I think I got the problem solved.

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Message 1346380 - Posted: 14 Mar 2013, 3:44:12 UTC

Mark, Latte is a Dog.
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Message 1351047 - Posted: 27 Mar 2013, 2:04:46 UTC

I have been told by my newest Vet, that too many Steriod shots are BAD.
Ziggy has Allergies, so not the same thing as Tigger.
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Message 1351056 - Posted: 27 Mar 2013, 2:41:55 UTC
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Mark stand down. You have not grown up on a farm. Please don't piss me off further.
I know you love your Kitties, but we love ours no less.
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Message 1356335 - Posted: 12 Apr 2013, 20:44:11 UTC

I will happily join you Mark.

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