I recently bought a ragamuffin munchkin kitten and his name is Nimbus (yes, like the fast cloud).
He is now 7mths old and is a really funny cat cause he hates being touched but loves a good belly run and massage. Like if i carry him or put him on my body he will keep whining until he is off.
Anyways, just recently, we noticed that his appetite had gone really bad no matter what kind of food we fed him. He stopped eating and was also less active, not like what a kitten should be; curious and full of life.
I got a little paranoid after doing some Google searches on “kittens with lack of appetite and less active” cause a lot of the articles showed that it could be a fading kitten syndrome.
So we had no choice but bring him to the vet for a check up, and to get that peace of mind, we did a full test, ie. X-ray and blood test, just to find out the cause.
And it turns out, the blood test showed that he had a high phosphates which was causing his lack of appetite. The vet concurred that the high phosphate is likely due to his diet. She mentioned some cat brands that weren’t recommended and we were horrified that we had been feeding him one of those! Fussie cat canned food.
You can see the ingredient list:
Tuna, Water Sufficient For Processing, Salmon, Sunflower Seed Oil, Tricalcium Phosphate, Locust Bean Gum, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharide, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1), Nicotinic Acid (Source of Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Source of Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Vitamin B12 Supplement.
Phosphate is actually really high up in the list so the proportion of phosphate is fairly large per serving.
Like if I compare it to applaws cat food, their ingredient list is:
Tuna fillet 75%, Rice 6%, Fish broth 19%
Just look at the difference in the ingredients. Applaws is so much more natural than Fussie Cat with all those additional chemicals, including phosphate. Applaws is also a brand that the vet recommended.
The vet prescribed us with vitamin B to stimulate his appetite and a phosphate binder to bind the phosphate molecules.
Total cost for the following: $323.53
- Vitamin B
- Phosphate binder
- Blood test
And that is not it, we will need to bring Nimbus back for a follow up visit in about 1-2 weeks to see if the phosphate levels is back to normal.
Its been about 5 days now since he has been taking the medicine and he has returned back to normal and is eating now. SO relieved..
Had no idea that the wrong choice of food would cause such a big problem with my kitten. We had bought Fussie cat because the breeder was feeding him that and we thought we would continue with it since he was used to it. But never again! I aint taking chances and gonna stick to Applaws.