The groomer worked another little miracle today. At 17-1/2, Snicky is pathetically bony, frail, and weak. She's also been covered in mats from a recent emergency bath, so she looked more like a space alien (or some new, exotic, tangle-haired breed) than a Persian. Those mats probably hurt. But we didn't dare try to comb her; she hates it. And even with no strength in her body her tiny jaws still scare us to death. Her power is concentrated there; we know this all too well from pilling her twice a day. I've had a lot of pill experience, but even with a good technique I usually have a finger wrapped with gauze and tape from another deep, two-sided puncture wound that no bandaid can cover.
After less than 30 minutes with the groomer, Snicky was a recognizable, even cute, cat again, and no worse for wear and tear.
The groomer asked us if we were feeding our senior cats a special renal diet since they have chronic renal failure (CRF). We said they didn't like any of the prescription foods. She said we should try again; she has an ancient cat with CRF, and prescription food brought her kidney levels close to normal. That sounded great, but I remember ours walking away from Science Diet dried and canned K/D as well as Purina and Royal Canin renal foods. Our vet says that the best food for a fussy CRF cat is just about any food she will eat. They can waste away otherwise.
But I obediently visited our vet today, and picked up some samples. I left them on the counter while I ran another errand. Then I came home to this:
Our vet said she finds that cats burn out on prescription food fairly quickly and want something else. But even if it's temporary, it looks like we have a winner.