Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 03/30/2015
It sounds as if Alexandra has had a first class ride all the way here, from intelligent vaccination program to the healthiest diet possible - kudos to such excellent care!
And, when I read about a 15 year old kitty with weight loss and weakness in the hind end, four words come to mind: dinosaur on four legs. Meaning you have a senior, antique, geriatric kitty and it is an amazing feat.
Things that come to mind when managing dinosaurs: parasites are a constant consideration with a senior. Depending on the skills of your holistic vet you may or may not be able to diagnose them. Consider treating for giardia - there are myriad forms - and many nutritional approaches to treating them. Here is a basic list of remedies with more info after this list.
This is my usual "go to" remedy:
2 raw baby carrots [avoid Bunny Luv Brand] grated and shredded
1 table spoon sunflower seeds [raw or cooked]
1 teaspoon C&H Brown sugar
I mix these up in a tablespoon or two of canned tuna and dose in the tuna for 2 days, and then without the tuna for another 6 days - dose am and pm.
Other nutritionals to consider:
Blueberries - 1 tablespoon twice a day for 5 days
Broccoli - 4 flowerets twice daily for 5 days
Carrots - 2 baby raw organic carrots twice a day for 8 days
Celery - 1 raw stick twice a day for 7 days
Green Pepper - 1 half-dollar sized piece twice a day for 2 days
Lemon Juice - 1/2 teaspoon twice a day for 5 days
Pumpkin Seeds - 1 tablespoon twice a day for 8 days
Spinach - 1 tablespoon twice a day for 5 days
Sunflower Seeds - 1 tablespoon twice a day for 8 days
C&H Brown sugar - 1 teaspoon twice a day for 8 days
I mix these up with a little water and dose with a medicine dropper or put into wet food:
Astragulus - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days
Bilberry - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days
Cat's Claw - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days
Dandelion Root - 1 capsule twice a day for5 days
Garlic -1 capsule twice a day for 5 days
Kelp - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days
Licorice - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days
Milk Thistle - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days
Olive Leaf Extract - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days
Oregano Oil - 1 pill or 1/4 teaspoon twice a day for 5 days
Oregon Grape Root - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days
Schizandra - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days
Turmeric - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days
Yellow Dock - 1 capsule twice a day for 5 days
Next, when I hear about hind end weakness - aka 'old cat's disease' there are many causes. Parasites can cause this type of weakness, but there are other conditions as well. Pay attention to the rear limbs - are they properly warm or do the rear feet feel cooler than the rest of the body? If you feel cooler rear limbs you may wish to discuss with your vet 'saddle thrombus' which is a blood clot blocking blood flow.
Lastly, when it comes to bribe foods anything goes - particularly when you are dealing with a dinosaur. I just skip down the grocery pet food aisle to the end where the really crappy foods are - the ones loaded with sugar and salt. I would not feed these foods to a kitten or for the life of any pet, but when you are dealing with a senior you have nothing to lose - and an appetite to gain, so I would try those fancy smaller cans and see if your senior will indulge in some junk food.
Good luck and keep us posted about Alexandra!