MEET CAMILLE THE CAT, a classic tabby we adopted 10 years ago. She loves to be loved. She gives love, too. And talk about social! She’s the only feline I’ve ever encountered who will run to the front door when the bell rings.
Okay, she enjoys a warm fire in the evening. The wine is for me.
Medical history: A few months ago, Camille was having violent sneezing fits. I suspected a serious problem. But a thorough examination from her vet, Dr. Patterson, revealed a sinus infection. A course of antibiotics stopped the sneezing fits instantly.
Patterson also performed blood work, which turned up nothing. She said Camille’s internal organs are functioning properly. Her teeth are fine, too.
Now, Dr. Patterson didn’t seem too concerned about Camille’s weight. But when pressed, she suggested I offer kitty food (it’s high in calories), and saucers of milk (milk is okay: see comment #28 from Martha).
I tried the kitty food. Camille sniffed it, and said “What is this crap?”
I offered the milk, to which she said “What am I? A cat?”
As for canned food, she receives Fancy Feast twice a day (she won’t so much as sniff any other brand). But she only licks the gravy, and leaves the meat behind. Maybe your cat does this, too.
Being a nervous parent, I Googled “food irresistible to cats.” The search turned up dried tuna flakes, sold as “Kitty Kaviar.” Reviews from myriad cat owners said the stuff is like crack for cats.
Camille sniffed the smelly stuff with terrific enthusiasm.
But she would not eat it.
So here’s a question for you cat owners out there: Have you encountered a similar problem to mine? And if so, how did you handle it?
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