Good weight-building food?
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|Thu, 04-10-2003 - 11:28am|
Here's our situation. Sienna is too fat. Not much, just slightly overweight, but she is overweight. So even though she's still technically a kitten (hasn't reached a year yet), about 2 months ago, we moved the kitties from the kitten food to the adult food.
Since that time, Blaze (who is a timid eater) has been steadily losing just a little weight and getting bony. He never eats much anyway, and apparently he needed the higher-fat content of the kitten food to stay at a healthy weight. Then, I go out of town for a week and he hardly eats because I'm out of town, then my DH joins me for 4 days so for 4 days neither of us were there and my dad was feeding him instead. I return to find him even more underweight, as though he almost didn't eat at all while we were gone.
Now he's holding steady since DH and I have gotten back, but he's not gaining and he really needs to put on some weight, but at the same time we need to leave Sienna away from his food or she'll eat it all. (Skye's just fine, so I'm not worried about him).
I'm trying Blaze on nutrical (this paste stuff that is supposed to help improve their appetite and give some nutrition as well, it's used frequently in animal rescue) but it doesn't seem to be doing much good. I'm also not giving him much of it, so maybe I should just give him more than a single finger-lick? I've tried feeding him separate from the other two so they don't eat all of his before he gets a chance, but he reaches his fill fairly quickly and won't eat any more, even with me hand-feeding. The only things he'll eat a decent amount of are chicken (I share my chicken breast with him when I get KFC) or baby food.
I don't think he's sick, because other than weight, he looks and acts totally healthy. Playful, happy, stool is normal, litterbox use normal for the amount he eats, snuggly, not dehydrated, eyes bright, coat bright and soft... just the weight is a problem. So what I want to do is find something I can give him food-wise that will help him regain some of the weight he lost after we switched foods.
I keep debating taking him in to the vet, but because this isn't an emergency, neither DH nor I can take off from work enough to take him in until next week, and we're both 90% certain his only problem is the food.