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Svelte Mona is Looking for Cat Food with Anti-inflammatories
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5 November 2015 - 10:34 pm
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Well, maybe she's not exactly svelte but she's been trying to keep the weight down since she became a tripawd. She had her wellness exam today and lost a little weight and her pal Eli found it! Funny how that happens. If she doesn't clean up her bowl immediately, Eli will. He's a great little housekeeper.

Both of my cats are well but I'm concerned about arthritis and neither of them will take supplements (I've tried them all). The vet is suggesting a mobility dry cat food which has green-lipped mussel, etc for arthritis in it. I'm not really convinced so have decided to test it out on Eli who seems to have stiffness in his rear leg. So he will go on Metacam pain relief anti-inflammatory for a week so I can see how he is without inflammation then put him on the mobility cat food to see the difference.

I'm open to any suggestion about brands of dry kibble that has anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Here's a photo of Eli and Mona getting ready to leave the vets. As usual they arrive in separate cages but when examine they choose to be together in the box. They stay in the box where the vet examines them. It's part of vet's policy to do the checkup where the cats feel safest. Eli needed to get a blood and urine test since he's a senior so they took both cats in the box to the back for his tests. I love how the vet recognized that they give each other comfort so he kept them together.

Kerren and Tripawd Kitty Mona

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6 November 2015 - 7:48 am
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Awww . . . what a sweet picutre of kitties in a box!!!

Harmony became a Tripawd on 10/21/14 (MCT). She left us way too soon on 11/1/14.

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6 November 2015 - 10:30 am
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I agree...Awwwww......awwww.....and awwwww! ADORABLENESS IN A BOX!!!

And what an insightful vet you have. I love that Mona and Eli find reassurance with each other. And it was really nice of Eli to "find" that lost weight of Mona's for you!

I don't have any suggestions for their "issues", but it sounds like you've got a good handle on your approach.

And we LOVE seeing pictures of these two and getting updates!! HINT!!

Sending all of you love!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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6 November 2015 - 11:13 am
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Awww adorable!

I'll be curious to see what kind of food you try. Not having a kitty I can't recommend any BUT since I always research food at Dog Food Advisor.com, I went there and searched for "joint support" in dog foods, and this list is what I got. Perhaps go look at those foods and see which of those brands also make a cat food with joint support. I'm pretty sure at least a few of them do, like Orijen. I'll be curious to see what you find so keep us posted OK?

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6 November 2015 - 11:24 am
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Yes, they do look adorable. I think fear brings out the adorableness. They are not like this at home! Mona will not let Eli touch her.

Thanks for the suggestion Jerry. So far I have only found vet prescription food for joint support. I will go back to the stores that carry Orijen, etc, to see if they offer anything. Last year when I looked they all suggested supplements, I got samples and my cats rejected everything, even the chewy anti-inflammatory treats that Mona won. They both ate one, looked at each other and wouldn't touch another one.

I'll let you know when I'm successful.

Thanks to all,

Kerren

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