Sorry for your loss Mouser. The passing of a best bud is always difficult. I'll miss Crabby when she desides to leave. (most things are up to her)
Although 18 years is considered elderly... some live over 20. I attribute this longevity mostly to proper diet.
I didn't want to clog Saffrons thread
with my blog.NOTE:
I am not a vet or even a doctor; this is just my past experience with 3 indoor cats.
My first cat passed at age 2 from kidney disease. Smokey was a purebred Persian. There were known health issues with Persians including kidneys.
The vet said feeding her only canned food may have weakened her system as well. After-the-fact advice always sucks.
Squeeky left after 17 years (from boredom i think). She was an abandoned stray kitten. We met when she was about 6 hr old.
Dry cat food with an occasional soft-treat. I used a very basic auto-feeder (bad idea). She became 22 pounds of fur and bad attitude.
She may have lived longer if I hadn't used the auto-feeder.
Like some humans... she ate when she was bored. Sorry Squeeky
Finally there's the crab.
Crabby is 19
. Crabby is 10. She was an abandoned stray kitten as well and we met when she was about 1 day old.
No auto-feeder and dry cat food only. She's a lean mean couch potato. She gets fed 1 cup, whenever her bowl is empty, about every two days.
She also gets some stuff i eat.
Assorted meats, processed cheese, ice cream and an occasional 1/4 cup of 2%.
No shortcuts with Crabby but she seems to know what's good and what isn't. At times I'll trash some of my food that she won't eat.
No auto-water either. She plays with the water, splashing all over the place, until the gallon's empty.
For those who may want to switch to dry food...
Always make a change in diet gradual - per several days at least and sometimes over a few weeks if your cat is fussy.
Start by mixing a very small amount of the new food with your cats old food, and make sure it is well mixed.
Only increase the amount of the new food slowly.