I have two cats, 15 and 9. The older one, Paris, has developed an eating disorder. I’ve always fed them canned food (Friskies), and they’ve both always eaten whatever flavor I’ve fed them. So I’ve always fed them a wide variety of flavors. But lately, Paris has been noticeably losing weight, so I’ve begun paying attention to his eating habits. It turns out, he only eats fish flavors or anything with a strong cheesy sauce. Anything else, he sniffs it, maybe nibbles a little, then walks away.
Aside from this, his behavior is totally normal. He’s still energetic, playful and affectionate. My theory is that his sense of smell has deteriorated, so he can only smell the fish flavors or cheese. The ones that he can’t smell have no appeal for him.
My question is: Do the fish flavors have enough nutritional variety to sustain his health? Can he (and his sister) survive on a fish-only diet . . . assuming that his condition won’t worsen, so that he won’t even eat fish? I know I should take him to the vet, but he HATES going to the vet, and getting him into the carrier seems like World War III.