I was dismayed that Tucker had lost 10 ounces when he was weighed at his December vet check up. The vet ran bloodwork and nothing was abnormal. She noticed he'd lost some muscle mass around his upper back, and suggested that was a cause because he is aging.
I weighed him last weekend, and he's lost another three ounces. It bothered me, so I emailed Connie of tails of the foster kittens, asking for input. The facts are:
* He's on a grain-free wet diet.
* Nothing about his diet or lifestyle has changed.
*Bloodpanels and check ups (every 6 months) have been good.
*He's almost 15 years old.
Compared to Benny (who is 12.5), who is energetic and playful, Tucker is starting to show his age. It saddens me, though I know it's overall normal.
I wondered if giving him some chicken or other meat would give him a high-quality addition to his diet while being grain free. She suggested giving skin (for the fat content) with the chicken. Tucker adores human chicken and turkey, so I'm going to try this.
Another suggestion was to give probiotics, which I can easily do. I remember he loved Fortiflora, so I ordered a box from Amazon.
She gave me some links, which I'm including here in case anyone could find them useful.
Special needs of a senior cat (from Cornell)
Caring for an elderly cat (from fab cats)
Toward the end (includes chart on cat age)
Part of me is struggling with his aging. I remember when I got him, thinking, "Wow, he could still be with me when I turn 40!" Well, that time is almost here. I am VERY thankful he is here with us, but still think of him as a young cat.
Thank you for the information, Connie. Tucker has another check up in early May, and I'll get some thoughts from the vet then too.