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unusualcats posted:
My cat was a stray, not sure of her age, took her and her newborn kitten in about four years ago. All went well until about 9 months ago. The mother cat started occasionally go outside the box ( bowel only) on the same spot. Very soft and sometimes blood. Had all the bloodwork and ultrasound and all is well. Gave her antibiotics and predisone, helped for a while. She has lost a lot of weight since loosing her teeth. She now has only her 2 fangs left. I give wet food twice a day and hard the rest. I think the hard food is what is causing the IBD. Does anyone know of and dry food that is semisoft like dog food? Or should I just cook my own food and let her have it more than twice a day. She always acts like she is starving. Fianlly when she has a loose bowel movement and does it in the litter box she refuses to cover it but instead runs out of the litter box like someone is chasing her. HELP!
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Survivor4Ever responded:
First....I AM NOT A VET. This is from experience only. Most recently, my vet wanted me to put my cat who is 9 years old on ONLY moist food because of the benefits of moist food over dry. Go to www.catinfo.org to see the info on feeding moist vs. dry and you will understand why she wanted me to make the switch. So I would not worry about giving her any dry food. I would just give her a good quality moist food....just give her more of it. I would highly recommend Natural Balance canned cat food. They have both a grain-free alternative (hypo-allergenic) and regular formula. It's a VERY good cat food....highly recommended by my vet. Best of luck to you.
 
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Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Dear unusual cats,
Cats are incredible aren't they. Hardly a tooth in their head and they can still eat. What is unusual about your cat is the weight loss. Many cats have few teeth, but can still maintain their weight. Your kitty may need a special diet, but I wouldnt recommend you creating your own cat food as you make end up with a cat who has bigger problems. You veterinarian can run some tests to determine if your cat has any vitamin deficiencies requiring treatment and can recommend an appropriate food. There may be additional tests necessary to determine the cause of the weight loss.


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