Need suggestions to fatten up my male cat

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Nickys_Mommy

Littleton, CO

#1 Jul 5, 2008
Hi All,
My cat Nicky, has dropped almost half is body weight. He was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism which we had radiatated. Shortly before this thyroid was treated, he had a stroke. He is doing better, but is painfully skinny. He gets fluids under the skin every other day and eats. I can't get him to gain any weight. I need suggestions for giving him healthy foods that will fatten him up. I have spent a fortune on canned foods recommended by the vet, but Nicky won't eat them.
I would greatly appreciate any and all suggestions.

“Women (and cats) of WoW unite!”

Since: Jul 07

San Diego, but now: The Woods

#2 Jul 10, 2008
Hi Nickys_Mommy,

Here are some ideas I gleaned off the internet, etc.:

Encourage your cat to eat more. Pet it and talk reassuringly. Cats will sometimes respond to encouragement.

Warm the food. Many cats prefer food that is warm and will eat more.

Feed your cat something it really likes. There is a time for giving in to a cat's finicky desires and this would be it.

I have read that some shelters use KMR (Kitten Milk Replacement) formula to help even grown cats put on weight if they are underweight. Your local pet or feed store may carry it. Here is a site that sells it and tells more about it:

http://www.terrificpets.com/pet_supplies/cat/...

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

If he is responsive to catnip, it may act as an appetite stimulant to give him some and then offer food after he is done with the catnip.

If he won't increase his intake, try making sure the food he does eat is high calorie. Kitten food may be a good choice for the short term in order to increase his weight.

If he likes cheese, offer bits of that. He might like butter, too.

Some chicken or fish that is simmered in about an inch or less of water until tender might be to his liking. You could add a little oil and/or butter to the increase the caloric content and flavor. Shred the meat and serve a bit with some of the broth. If he likes it, you can refrigerate or freeze the rest in portions for later. Tilapia and other fish (as well as chicken parts) can be purchased IQF in packages and kept in the freezer.

Hope this helps give you some ideas you can use. I pray he starts to fill back out and get healthy.

>'.'<

“Which way to Stergis????”

Since: Oct 07

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#3 Aug 8, 2008
Have you tried some saedines in oil?The oil will make him gain weight and slick his fur which must be taking a beating from all that he has gone through.Some tuna packed in oil or/water.But, i am trying to put weight on him.Trilby Cat has some wonderful suggestions.The baby food is really a good one.
The Milk replacement is another one.That one i use on my unwanted kittens,because of them being lactose intolerant, sorry for any typos, still trying to see through blacken eyes.Let us know how things are going okay??We, care for our little friends.cyl

“Which way to Stergis????”

Since: Oct 07

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#4 Aug 8, 2008
oops Sardines that is..lol

“Spay and neuter your pet”

Since: Jul 07

Burnt Hills

#5 Aug 8, 2008
gungafin wrote:
Have you tried some saedines in oil?The oil will make him gain weight and slick his fur which must be taking a beating from all that he has gone through.Some tuna packed in oil or/water.But, i am trying to put weight on him.Trilby Cat has some wonderful suggestions.The baby food is really a good one.
The Milk replacement is another one.That one i use on my unwanted kittens,because of them being lactose intolerant, sorry for any typos, still trying to see through blacken eyes.Let us know how things are going okay??We, care for our little friends.cyl
Sardines in oil is a little too rich for our feline friends, but if you do give the cats sardines in oil it's best to drain as much of the oil as possible. I would only give this maybe twice a week, and just as a treat and not as a meal. If you can add rice, pasta or potatoes to any meal that would be also beneficial as they are high in carbs. Beef, turkey, chicken and any fish is also okay. Salmon is a good fish for cats as well as people. Mind you they should still have their regular food as it has all the necessary nutrients required by law. A little vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (not cool whip) is also okay. Any of the above should be given in moderation and never have bones and or salt added. Any ham, turkey, beef cold cut is fine if it is low salt and have it sliced very thin so it's easier for them to digest. Never chocolate, chips, or any processed human food. No onions or garlic either. Cats usually like peas and cooked carrots. Please make sure kitty gets enough fluids and if not then fluids under the skin will be needed. Usually with fluids it helps with their appetite. Talk to your vet about this and they'll let you know if it needed and show you how to do this.

“Spay and neuter your pet”

Since: Jul 07

Burnt Hills

#6 Aug 8, 2008
The previous post is for Nicky's mommy and for gungafin. Hey TriblyKat! Great suggestions and all that you mentioned would be great. When cats have issues with consuming food, one can never have enough options. I wonder how Nicky's doing?

“Women (and cats) of WoW unite!”

Since: Jul 07

San Diego, but now: The Woods

#7 Aug 8, 2008
I wonder how Nicky is doing, too. Lots of good suggestions here!

What happened to give you blackened eyes, gungafin, if you don't mind me asking? I have had two black eyes, etc. from a bad car accident years ago. Swelling is no fun, that's for sure. Hope you're on the mend soon.

“Which way to Stergis????”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#8 Aug 9, 2008
some nitwit with nowhere to go and nothing to do and no driving lessons,ran a stop sign,To avoid hitting this so called person, we swerved to the right and i flew off the harley,hitting face first on to the pavement.Hubs got road rash on the arm.I went into srizures and they had to Lifeflight us out of here.The idiot 15 years old no permit nothing, just left us there, drove off ,came back got out of the car?Looked at us laying there?And drove off again.Thats when someone wrote down their plate number and turned it in .Nice person huh??
Now, i am registed with the Montana Brain Injury group ,have short term memory loss and anger.
This, i guess will pass, but the damage is done.Thats it in a nutshell.At,least my animals still love me no matter what i look like .Take care all

“Women (and cats) of WoW unite!”

Since: Jul 07

San Diego, but now: The Woods

#9 Aug 11, 2008
Oh, I'm so, so sorry. How painful and horrible. What an idiot that kid was being.

I've had two friends with pretty severe brain injuries (one moto-cross & one jet-ski accident) and things do get much better with time. It is good that you have support.

My car accident was pretty bad as far as facial damage, etc. Anger is a completely healthy response. I also had fear of driving on the road, depression, etc. It all takes time to process and deal with. People tried to rush me back into being "normal" but when you've been through a trauma, missed a month of work, etc. no one can tell you what to feel or for how long.

I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

I agree, our animals are a godsend at times like these.
dogdiggity

Brooklyn, NY

#11 Aug 8, 2010
gungafin wrote:
Have you tried some saedines in oil?The oil will make him gain weight and slick his fur which must be taking a beating from all that he has gone through.Some tuna packed in oil or/water.But, i am trying to put weight on him.Trilby Cat has some wonderful suggestions.The baby food is really a good one.
The Milk replacement is another one.That one i use on my unwanted kittens,because of them being lactose intolerant, sorry for any typos, still trying to see through blacken eyes.Let us know how things are going okay??We, care for our little friends.cyl
Milk replacement is good. Sardines are not! Male cats can have serious urinary tract problems when given sea food! There is also a high calorie supplement you can get at petco. I've used it for my boys. Good luck.

“Spay and neuter your pet”

Since: Jul 07

Burnt Hills

#12 Aug 9, 2010
dogdiggity wrote:
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Milk replacement is good. Sardines are not! Male cats can have serious urinary tract problems when given sea food! There is also a high calorie supplement you can get at petco. I've used it for my boys. Good luck.
wow, I didn't realise fish is not good for cats. I'm gonna do some research on this as my cats eat canned seafood products. I guess seafood not being in a wild cats diet, it would make sense. Thanks for the info:)
raleighsquare

Zephyrhills, FL

#13 Dec 21, 2010
Plain yogurt or greek yogurt is good, the bacteria in it are good for cats' digestive systems just as they are for humans.

“Which way to Stergis????”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#14 Dec 22, 2010
Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a healthy New,or is it Meyou, New Year to all.

“Spay and neuter your pet”

Since: Jul 07

Burnt Hills

#15 Dec 22, 2010
gungafin wrote:
Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a healthy New,or is it Meyou, New Year to all.
Right back at you Gungafin! Hope all your wishes and dreams come true!
Cortez

United States

#16 Apr 15, 2011
CortÚs
Cassies Mum

Bolton, UK

#17 Apr 16, 2011
I am having this problem with my siamese. She is 5 and has been having stomach problems since she was neutered. She had an endoscopy before christmas, after throwing up blood and they diagnosed Inflamatory Bowel disease. The pills they gave her didnt work and she is now seeing a homeopathic vet. She is allergic to most things, including dairy products, beef, lamb and duck so its very difficult. I warm her wet food and give that 2 or 3 times a day, when she comes to me and appears hungry otherwise if I just offer it to her, she turns her nose up. I am cooking some rabbit and then am going to really over cook rice so its mushy and add that together, with the hope that she will eat some of it. She eats tuna but mostly the fluid. I am pinning my hopes on the new vet.
Ashababe

Rockdale, Australia

#18 Dec 3, 2011
My little 1 yr old Wilson will not eat wet food, and hasnt since I got him a few mnths ago. He eats kitty bikes and water n kitten milk but he isn't putting on any weight.. Can anyone tell me any additives I can put into his milk?? To fatten him up

“Which way to Stergis????”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#19 Dec 7, 2011
I,feed all of my seventeen cats Yogurt.Even the Poyldactyl,pregnant cat.Ashababe,you might want to check out the high protein kitty foods they have IF you have a Petco or Petmart near you.
I don't know IF all cats need to eat moist foods,some get by just fine on dry.I said some.But?As,you can see there are so many new diets for them.I try not to give my Cats Milk as they seem Lactose Intolerant of it and then have a case of the runs.
I feed my cats on broth made from Chicken i have steamed and add some veggie flakes,you might try that over rice for your Kitty.Poor babies..Hope you find a kind and nice vet for your baby.
Happy Holidays and Cheers to you all.
dogafin

Pensacola, FL

#20 Feb 10, 2012
I have found myself reading this post because I am in a bit of a similar situation, I believe my cat suffered a stroke too but it looked to be a seizure. I don't know anymore but leading to that he had been coughing that I ruled out as hairballs. I ddint know any better that my poor thomas was suffering, it is only when he developed a fever and some congestion in his nose that I took him to the vet. It's been a month and instead of him gaining back his weight he has dropped down to 7.6 from an 8.6 his first visit that I've noticed some weight loss and I believe he'd always been around 9.5 close to 10lbs. He is at his skinniest and I'm at my wits end trying new things which he'd 'like'. He will take to these new foods sometimes not (ones already suggested in this topiic) down to the raw meat diet. He's had some slices of organic chicken, ones that are packed with no hormones no antibiotics etc. We just came from the vet earlier and he is given a shot of kenalog, and subq fluids under his skin and was told to continue antibiotics. And just like that, he went from eating a teaspoon of canned food and a few kibbles throughout the day hardly drinking/using the bathroom every other day to finishing half a can of wetfood by himself as soon as we got home. If I had a gallon of water pumped on my back I'd feel better too! I was so happy to see him take to food like nothing is going on. I hope it lasts and he gains some of his weight back. He's only skin and bones now and it's very sad to see him this way :( my old guy is already pretty old but on good days, when he's feeling well with wide eyes it's almost as if 10years had been taken off his age. I don't know exactly how old he is now but I swear he looked about 10 when I found him behind a dumpster after the storm in 2004. I really do hope he's only 10 and not 19 or 21 !! Lol... mean he looks old. He also has skin allergies that has left him with a dull coat. He looked like a showcat after a cleanup in 2004, now.. He's a sad thing to look at :( When I found this forum I found it very useful (also confused why I had posted in here and thought I saw my name! At a glance I thought I was seeing dogafin :D) and I wanna thank everyone for all the suggestions. Though my tommy never ate good some suggested had worked for him in some days. I also wish everyones kitty is doing really well since this topic had been started. I just wanted to share my story and would report back about his progress in this post in a later time. I shouldn't have any trouble finding this post it always comes up 'how to fatten up a cat' in the search :D hope tommy starts to eat well again. And I really do hope everyones kitties are doing great :) have a good night everyone, tommy and I are thankful, it's been a wonderful help!
Allice

Barre, VT

#21 Feb 19, 2012
My 12 yr old cat just had thyroid surgery on Thursday. He is so thin and I'd like to find something that would put weight on him. He has kitten chow and also Fancy Feast, when he came home on Friday he was a very hungry, but today hasn't eaten that much.
I'm just searching for some answers on how I can get him to gain weight.

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