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I'm hoping that our other resident Wong! experts can advise me.

Wong! had some kind of tummy upset a few weeks ago, involving a bit of nausea and sickness. The V-E-T said it seemed to be something Wong! had eaten, gave a 3 day course of antibiotics just in case & sent us home. The nausea subsided, but Wong! still isn't really eating enough.

Foods that Wong! used to eat happily, are now being rejected. New foods which Wong! seems to like, are only being eaten in small quantities. Wong! often forgets to eat at all.

The output measure suggests Wong! should eating about four times more ... Edit The output measure has just comfortably doubled!

We're going to try another round of tempting new morsels today, but I'd be grateful for Wong! experts if they could say if they've seen this behaviour in Wong! or any of Family Wong! over the years, and if they know of any causes?

We will of course be taking Wong! back to the V-E-T tomorrow if we're still concerned.

Thank you!

Date: 2011-11-06 08:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lil-shepherd.livejournal.com
Did the vet check his teeth? That's the first thing that occurs to me, but this isn't usual behaviour and you are quite right to take the Wong! to the vet.

Date: 2011-11-06 09:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purpletigron.livejournal.com
The V-E-T did indeed check Wong!'s teeth at that time. Wong!'s had a few problems & we are using 'cleaning drops' in the cat water. But the V-E-T didn't think this was the problem - and as I type, Wong! is happily crunching on a small meal of the M/D kibble which our dear departed Uncle Boof! used to eat. But I had to take the food to Wong! on our bed ...

Date: 2011-11-06 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lil-shepherd.livejournal.com
Ooooh. He'd better not get used to that kind of service!

I presume you've tried chicken, which is good for his stomach and which most cats love?

It also occurs to me that Orientals like a change of diet (contrary to what all the books tell you) and like their dry flavours changed occasionally.

All the same, I do wonder if whatever-it-was has totally cleared up...

Date: 2011-11-06 09:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inamac.livejournal.com
Oh poor Wong! Tummy ache is awful. And Orientals tend to be prima donnas - not that this doesn't mean that he wasn't really ill, but when you sort it out (ie. the antibiotics work) he may still carry on milking the situation for a bit.

We have to hope.

If he's still not eating tomorrow then, as Lil says, it's worth looking at his teeth - Granny and Mum needed dental work at about his age - and not eating is one sign of toothache, and tooth infection can be carried to the stomach - though again, the antibiotics usually catch this.

Assume you (and vet) have checked the output measure for signs of worms?

Give him a cuddle (and tuna?) from us. And to Pip - not to be left out.

Date: 2011-11-06 09:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purpletigron.livejournal.com
Based on visual inspection, I have seen no sign of 'normal worms', which Uncle Boof! used to get as a wild free ranger. So I would know 'normal worms' if I saw them (!) But there are other kinds, no doubt.

Date: 2011-11-06 09:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purpletigron.livejournal.com
Uncle Feedle is lavishing cuddles on Wong! too, and Pip! is just as much of a cuddle-fiend as Wong! albeit in a slightly different way. The Artful Dodger is still not accepting physical contact but it starting to seem more curious and confident than wary around us :-)

Date: 2011-11-06 11:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fjm.livejournal.com
You might want to put him on a dry diet for a week. The treats might be too rich for him.

Date: 2011-11-06 01:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purpletigron.livejournal.com
Interesting point. Wong!'s mostly been eating dry food of various kinds for the past 36 hours, and we've got some sample packs of different kinds to try now.

Date: 2011-11-07 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anthraxia.livejournal.com
Many, many years ago when I was a wee small thing, my first cat was a Siamese called Suzie. I remember she got some sort of bug (not sure if it was a tummy thing) and even after she seemed to recover, she wasn't really interested in food, even roasted chicken - this is the cat who yelled so loudly about being shut out of the room while we ate our chicken that a neighbour called the police thinking a child was being murdered. Denise (my mother) bought some blachan (um, sort of concentrated fish stuff, almost like solid fish sauce; stinks to high heaven but used in moderation is great in cooking) and Suzie was all over it. Denise thought perhaps Suzie's sense of smell had been compromised, so for about a week we were feeding her small amounts of strong smelling cheese, fish and smallgoods, and not much else. We knew she was right on the day Denise was frying some liver and Suzie jumped up on the stove to swipe it out of the frying pan.

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