Friday, December 18, 2015

Eat Gandalf.. eat!!


Gandalf is doing well enough. He is happy and active and plays with me and wrestles with me. He still sounds very congested though, and the worst part of it is that he isn't eating much at all.


He gets very excited when I show up and does the dinner dance, and stands up and looks in the bowl as I am putting it down and then saddles right up to it and eats, but about four bites in he realizes it is too much work and gives up... or maybe he can't taste it because of the congestion..

So when a box of Muse cat food showed up on my door (I won a contest somewhere, but I don't remember where I entered one) I thought that this particular flavor of sardines might help break through the congestion / lack of smell and he would eat more.


He did the dance of joy, then ate his required four bites and walked away. I had picked up a can of A/D at the shelter and so I popped that and gave him some of that too. He did the dance of joy, then ate his required four bites and walked away. I picked the bowl up and moved it. He did the dance of joy, then ate his required four bites and walked away. This was going to get old fast.. so I sat next to the bowl and called attention to it and he came over, checked it out, then ate his required four bites and walked away. Every time I called attention to the food he ate four bites..so I kept calling his attention to it. At one point I even crawled over to the bowl and hovered over it like I was eating.. he ate eight more bites.. *sigh* but that was the most he had eaten while I was in the room since I brought him home, so there was that..

Then I gave him some loving, because the experts say that petting a cat boosts his immune system. You can see how well that went.


I hope he shakes this cold soon.. or that Elf is going to show up and start telling him about Santa..

19 comments:

  1. OMC, that boy is beyond precious! I hope he gets over that cold/starts eating more than a few bites at a time very soon!

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  2. That's it! He wants finger-flavored food! You're just going to have to touch each sardine.

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  3. That's it! He wants finger-flavored food! You're just going to have to touch each sardine.

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  4. Wow, you can do the math to see how much work it would be for you to get him to eat 30 bites or so!

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  5. nomming the hand that feeds him. MOL
    maybe try a steamy room for a little bit and clear out his poor nose. (or he's just trying to make you nuts...always a possibility)

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  6. Gandalf is just too cute, and I hope his sinuses get better soon! He needs to eat, without coaxing all of the time. Perhaps a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast will help him? Works for my kitties, when they start backing off the food.

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  7. Oh is he ever adorable! He has such a great mustache.

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  8. What a cutey. Weez purrayin' da cold goes away so he can smell and wanna eat again. Have a gweat weekend.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  9. We send the cute Gandalf tons of healing purrs ! Purrs

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  10. Maybe Gandalf suffers from a short attention span... We hope his congestion clears up though. He is totally adorable!

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  11. Yum, he's a cutie! We have a weakness for tuxies. Maybe if you put your hand in the food dish he'd eat the whole thing.....

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  12. BTW, when I first got Skootch as a kitten, he had a terrible cold. It eventually cleared up, but later he got droopy and wouldn't eat. Turned out that he had a massive amount of pus in his lungs. One big operation later, drainage tubes etc., he survived. Hope that isn't what's going on for Gandalf.

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    1. oh no - that sounds awful. This reminds me of how sick Maxie was when we got him. So many months of medication... Poor Gandalf!

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  13. What a cutie-patootie! We purr that he starts eating more.

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  14. We hope he starts feeling better soon and will eat more than 4 bites.

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  15. Poor kitty, I hope he feels better soon. Have you tried heating the food so it smells more? Just a thought figuring if he is stuffy, he can't smell it as much.

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  16. Since he's congested, he probably can't smell or taste the food, so it's unappetising to him. I would have thought the sardines would work. The sharper the taste and smell the better, I would think.

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  17. well..he DID eat more than four bites of YOU!!!

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  18. What a cutie! We'll purr and pray for health, and that he eats more and more.

    Thank you for your kindness in the wake of Moosey’s passing. He was a very special boy, and we love and miss him so much. The amazing love and support by our friends has been such an encouragement during this difficult time.

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