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Old 09-25-2016, 06:02 PM
 
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My 5 year old neutered male cat, Chester is thin, always has been. Vet examined him and said to feed kitten food to Chester but I can't find it in the stores. Have tried different brands of canned and dry. I feed both canned and dry to all 3. Also, Chester has always been very slow to go to his food and eats a few bites. If I leave it sitting there, the other two cats will eat it. Any advice on feeding Chester and how to get him to a good weight?
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:15 PM
 
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Do you have a Petsmart near you? They sell Authority kitten canned food. Fancy feast have a kitten canned food too but not all stores carry them.

There are too many underlying factors that could cause your cat to lose weight/difficulty gaining weight or lack of appetite. Even if he nibbles his food which is very common with cats, he should still be at a healthy weight. Did the vet do a blood panel and check his kidneys? Were there any bad teeth, gum disease or oral ulcers? Did your cat show any other symptoms besides lack of appetite and loss of weight? Did the vet prescribe an appetite stimulant to help him eat until the underlying problem is found?

You may mix tuna juice into his food and lightly warm it up to get him to eat. Some cats prefer the gravy kind so try those too. Feed him on a schedule so no more free feeding. This way you can keep track of how much he really eats per day.
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Old 09-26-2016, 06:00 AM
 
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Sometimes it's all about metabolism --- just like some humans who are prone to be skinny despite what they eat, so are some cats. However, there is "skinny thin-n-trim" and then there is "skinny like a skeleton with every bone showing". Is Chester a former or a latter?

You wrote he's always been thin. Have you noticed more weight loss recently which is what is concerning you and the vet? Have you always had a multiple cats? Is Chester an active cat? (meaning he moves around a lot, plays more often, is a light cat-napper). Is he more easily stressed or startled than the others?

As cheesenugget wrote, Chester may be a nibbler while your others may be eat-all-at-once. Both are normal traits. Chester may be at either end of the spectrum - submissive or tolerant - to allow the others to eat his stash. It does sound obvious that he's probably not getting his full daily requirements of calories and nutrients.

Is there any way or place where you could feed him separately? It could be that no matter where you put Chester's food the other cats will seek it out. However, maybe they wouldn't and only do now because Chester's is right there near their own.
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Old 10-04-2016, 04:24 PM
 
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Sometimes it's all about metabolism --- just like some humans who are prone to be skinny despite what they eat, so are some cats. However, there is "skinny thin-n-trim" and then there is "skinny like a skeleton with every bone showing". Is Chester a former or a latter?

You wrote he's always been thin. Have you noticed more weight loss recently which is what is concerning you and the vet? Have you always had a multiple cats? Is Chester an active cat? (meaning he moves around a lot, plays more often, is a light cat-napper). Is he more easily stressed or startled than the others?

As cheesenugget wrote, Chester may be a nibbler while your others may be eat-all-at-once. Both are normal traits. Chester may be at either end of the spectrum - submissive or tolerant - to allow the others to eat his stash. It does sound obvious that he's probably not getting his full daily requirements of calories and nutrients.

Is there any way or place where you could feed him separately? It could be that no matter where you put Chester's food the other cats will seek it out. However, maybe they wouldn't and only do now because Chester's is right there near their own.
Thank you for your response. Chester is lean but not bony. He's pretty active but not hyper. I've started feeding him in a separate room but he still leaves his food half eaten. I consulted the vet again today who suggested there could be a irritated bowel issue so he prescribed a short course of low dose oral steriod (to reduce any inflammation and stimulate the appetite) plus bland prescription food. Will give it try to see if it makes a difference.
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Old 10-04-2016, 04:28 PM
 
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Do you have a Petsmart near you? They sell Authority kitten canned food. Fancy feast have a kitten canned food too but not all stores carry them.

There are too many underlying factors that could cause your cat to lose weight/difficulty gaining weight or lack of appetite. Even if he nibbles his food which is very common with cats, he should still be at a healthy weight. Did the vet do a blood panel and check his kidneys? Were there any bad teeth, gum disease or oral ulcers? Did your cat show any other symptoms besides lack of appetite and loss of weight? Did the vet prescribe an appetite stimulant to help him eat until the underlying problem is found?

You may mix tuna juice into his food and lightly warm it up to get him to eat. Some cats prefer the gravy kind so try those too. Feed him on a schedule so no more free feeding. This way you can keep track of how much he really eats per day.
Thank you. No Petsmart but will keep in mind Fancy Feast kitten food and the tuna juice. Chester has always been on the lean side and healthy otherwise. Will try what my vet today recommended first to see if any difference in eating habits. (see my other post).
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