Senior cat needs to gain weight!

I really could use someone's wisdom to make my 16 year old black domestic short hair cat fat!

She's healthy and has an appetite (but doesn't eat a lot), but keeps losing weight.

Her thyroid level was creeping up each visit (every 6 months for a checkup), but we are waiting to put her on thyroid medication.
Me and my vet agreed to put her on the medication when she's below 6 pounds and now she's right around 6 pounds.

Even when she was at her biggest, she was 8-9 pounds.
She always been very small.

She's currently eats Orijen Regional Red Grain-Free Dry Cat Food.
Loves Temptations Tasty Chicken Flavor Cat Treats and Orijen Original Freeze-Dried Cat Treats.
She seems to love chicken and tuna.
I've been boiling chicken breasts and gave her no sodium tuna cans.

I was wondering if there's good raw food I could try with her?
Any dry, cat, wet, treats with lots of nutrition and possibly put some weight on her??
Good supplements for a senior cat?

Any advice will be welcome.

Thanks in advance.



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sita

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Reply To: nutmegchoi

Try the raw groups on Facebook(CRAP) for recipes.  Also buy canned high quality grain free food and feed several times a day.  You could also try giving her KMR kitten milk replacement.  Or even look up the recipe for kitten glop to add calories.  just don't feed her carbs or veggies; she can't digest them.

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sita

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Reply To: nutmegchoi

Try the raw groups(CRAP) on Facebook. They have good recipes there. Also buy high quality grain free canned food and feed it numerous times a day. You could also try giving her KMR kitten milk replacement. Or even look up a recipe for 'kitten glop'. It will add extra calories as well. Just don't feed her carbs and veggies; she can't digest them. I'd be starting her on the thyroid meds as well.

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jakefffffg

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Reply To: nutmegchoi

mike rice meat and fate and put it in milk and try not to giver to much store bout cat food it not  that good for cats there gust being greedy and what money they don't care about your cats  heath

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purrfecttalker

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Reply To: nutmegchoi

I would second the advise to put her on wet food, but change it slowly. You say she is "healthy"..what exactly does that mean? i.e., what tests has the vet performed? Have her kidney values been checked? And I have seen the older cats over and over with thyroid issues, why is your vet waiting to put her on Rx? 

I'm throwing this out without knowing an answer...if carbs are a problem, it would kind of seem to me that might be a good thing to give in limited amounts unless she has diabetes...Do you know how much she is eating, i., have you weighed it before giving it to her and before picking it up or does she free feed? either way, I would actually weigh it. Also Oirgen from what I know is an excellent food. It never hurts, except the pocket book, to get a 2nd opinion, I've been to a number of vets I would ask the time of day from after their "treatment" of my cats...the good ones are hard to find...check with friends and neighbors and on Yelp reviews.  Good luck. 





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purrfecttalker

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Reply To: nutmegchoi

Nutmeg girl, there are a number of books on the market, especially Dr. Goldsteins and Dr. Pitcairn that will give you lots of info on natural diets for cats and dogs. This should take you to a number of books on natural healing, real food, etc. 
https://www.amazon.com/Pitcairns-Complete-Guide-Natural-Health/dp/157954973X


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