I sometimes wonder what I’d do if I didn’t have a cat to worry about. I’d probably worry that I didn’t have anything to worry about.
This week, it is Tucker. He has actually been on my mind for a while. He has been losing weight, very gradually, over some time, and that concerns me. It isn’t a swift enough reduction to make me think there is something very serious, such as cancer, behind it (though that too is always an anxiety). To be honest, I think he is simply not eating enough. It may be because he has no teeth, but that is not really a bar to his eating either hard- or soft-food. He just doesn’t like anything that I feed him. He doesn’t like cat-food.
Oh, he eats enough to stay alive; he eats enough to assuage his hunger. And his appetite is present - for the foods he likes. And the foods he likes are human-food. I have been cutting up roasted chicken for him; also, some lean roasted pork. But of these, he doesn’t eat enough to constitute a meal, even when a large quantity is offered.
I would like to give him some good quality cat-food that he would love, but how do I determine which that would be? Simply buying this variety or that, and testing their taste on the roly poly would become rapidly and prohibitively expensive. I have tried additives, toppings, flavourings, etc., but, while he may not dislike everything, his heart is clearly not in anything I have given him. It’s been a long time since he has cleaned his bowl.
The search goes on.