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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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I have an elderly cat (we don't know how old as we adopted

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I have an elderly cat (we don't know how old as we adopted him from a lady who had found him living ferally).
His teeth are not good. As a result he gobbles his food without chewing it. This often meant he was sick. We took him off the dried food, and put him on wet food - as we thought this might mean that the lack of chewing would matter less. This seemed to work for a while. However he is now ill after almost every feed.
He seems fit, happy and healthy otherwise - although constantly hungry.
I have taken the approach of "little and often" but even that does not work.
Is there a diet you can recommend - either off the shelf or something I could make for him?
Thank you.

Tessa, I'm sorry to hear of this with Fatcat. Rather than a diet change I want you to consider having him thoroughly examined by his vet inclduing diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests. An "always hungry" elderly cat is either hyperthyroid, diabetic, or both. His frequent vomiting is more indicative of hyperthyroidism than diabetes. A simple T4 (total thyroid blood test) will identify hyperthyroidism which is then usually treated with methimazole either given orally or as a transdermal gel rubbed on his ear skin. A simple blood glucose test will identify diabetes.

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