At age 19, Honeygirl is still as bossy as ever, but she falls down sometimes. She just loses her balance & finds herself sitting. She’s a frighteningly small 4 lbs; she was never a large cat, but I feel like crying every time I feel her jutting hip bones when I’m petting her.
She’s always been very picky about her food, & this year she got worse. She’s still extremely demanding, but she always wants something new. I’ve been through every brand of canned catfood at the near specialty pet shop; she loves everything in the beginning, but by the 3rd can she’s no longer interested & wants something else.
She began drinking water excessively earlier this year. I described her symptoms to my vet, who said it sounded like Chronic Renal Failure, which is common in older cats. I read various articles about CRF, which recommended foods low in phosphorous to put as little strain as possible on her kidneys. But more importantly, it was recommended that I give her anything she would eat. Tough call.
I’ve had Honeygirl, my cat, for almost 19 years. She’s almost always been finicky about her food. Back when I didn’t know any better & I bought catfood from the grocery store, I remember feeling very pleased with myself because she seemed to like Meow Mix.
I later got the idea that I should use premium catfood & then began buying Iams. I know… I didn’t know my petfood facts back then. I also fed my cats raw for about a year but when my work schedule changed it became too difficult to maintain.
When I finally got smarter I bought my cats Innova, but it just didn’t have as much grease as Iams & Honeygirl never really took a shine to it. And she hasn’t liked much of anything I’ve tried – Prairie, Instinct, some other super expensive brand I can’t remember – until now.
I’ve got 3 decent sized dogs & they make a very decent amount of poop. I’ve been dealing with pet poop for 18 years (actually longer, if you consider that I was the Poop Scooper for my dad’s dogs from age 8.) & have spent a lot of time figuring out how to make poop less of a chore.
My cats were easy enough (Cats are just unbelievably easy compared to dogs. Seriously.) but with my dogs there were many new factors to healthy, & smaller, poop.