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Ask the pet expert: Grieving pets
We had two cats, one 16 (a rescue) and one 12 (Scottish Fold). The 16-year-old cat passed away, and the 12-year-old has become very vocal and lost weight (previously overweight). I don't suspect kidney disease or pain. It is more like an attention-getting meow. The vet switched her to hypoallergenic food, and I'm wondering if this could be causing her weight loss. She used to eat the other cat's food and now only eats her own. Does she need a new playmate?
December 6, 2012