Hi Lance,
Nina suggested I try feeding dry 'kitten' food (any decent brand)
because the caloric value is much higher. I did, and MeMe has been
eating it and steadily gaining weight.

If Ember likes Sheba, I would bump it up. If she needs to gain weight
I'd offer her anything (again, decent quality) that she will eat.

I had to give up the notion of feeding a "species appropriate" diet.
I am just grateful that she is eating dry kitten and gaining weight.
I give her Sheba and a variety of 'quality' wet food that she sometimes
tolerates if it is covered with warm water and 'lapable'.

Hope she can pack some ounces back on.

On Sep 27, 2007, at 6:39 PM, Lance wrote:

Ember went to the vet today for a CBC. We go roughly every three months. For the last eight or nine months, Ember has been losing weight. This particular problem started around last Christmas, when Ember developed diarrhea, and I had no idea of how to get rid of it. Pumpkin helped a little, but I was reluctant to try anything else, especially since it really didn't seem to be an infection. I decided to take Ember off of Innova EVO dry, and the diarrhea almost promptly went away.

Since then, Ember has been dropping weight. She's lost about 1.8 pounds since that time until today, when she weighed 9.5 pounds. Now, this might be my fault. I hope it is, as that would be the easiest thing to fix. I've only been giving her a can of EVO a day for most of the time, and that might not be enough. In the last few weeks, I've also given her two cans of Sheba a week as treats.

Ember's CBC was normal, which, in her case, means good red blood cell count, and just below normal white blood cell count. The vet doesn't think that this is thyroid-related, but I might have her run that test on Ember in a few weeks.

Ember eats well (especially the Sheba). She is playful and loving as always. Should I try a brand new bag of EVO dry to see what adding that back might do? I would add that *very slowly*. Would it be okay for me to bump up Sheba, and has anyone fed much Sheba? The vet wanted Ember to come back in to be weighed in a few weeks, but I'd rather do that at home. Is there a postal or baby scale with which anyone here has had good results?

Thank you,


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