Elderly cat and milk

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edited 2 May 2021 at 12:09PM in Pets & pet care
We have an elderly cat - he's about 23 years old (he came from CPL in 1998 as a youngster)
He is surprisingly agile for an old boy but is allergic to milk, as I believe the majority of cats are ?
He disappears out of the cat flap every morning, returns temporarily at lunch time - then again every afternoon, back by 5:30 every evening
Recently - he has been drinking milk at a neighbours - we can tell because he vomits it up as soon as he returns
This is clearly not doing him any good - so we try to keep him in - he likes the outdoors and whines and claws until he is let out
What can we do to stop him from drinking milk ?
We have tried speaking to neighbours but they all deny that he is visiting them - he could be going several hundred yards - so we cannot track him
We tried the "Paper collar" trick but that was ripped off by him as soon as he left the house
He doesn't wear a normal collar - never has done
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  • Robin9
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    Ideally he shouldn't have milk - but he's survived very well to get to 23 - let him have the milk - perhaps give him some Anti - Hair Balls biscuits to aid his digestion.
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  • coffeehound
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    Could you give him his fill of lactose-free milk before he goes out?  Kind of pre-emt him wanting any more
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    edited 2 May 2021 at 1:12PM
    Robin9 said:
    Ideally he shouldn't have milk - but he's survived very well to get to 23 - let him have the milk - perhaps give him some Anti - Hair Balls biscuits to aid his digestion.
    I agree - but he does not have hairballs - wouldn't that make him vomit more? 
  • Could you give him his fill of lactose-free milk before he goes out?  Kind of pre-emt him wanting any more
    No - we tried cat milk on him a few years ago and he wouldn't touch it! 
  • coffeehound
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    edited 2 May 2021 at 1:22PM
    Could maybe try him with supermarket lactose-free -- it tastes like normal milk but slightly sweeter
  • Could maybe try him with supermarket lactose-free -- it tastes like normal milk but slightly sweeter
    He is a wise old cat and won't do anything that he doesn't want to do - so I doubt it!!
    He has my wife wrapped round his little claw - she has to let him out at 2 or 5 am EVERY morning! 
  • Mnoee
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    You could try a poster or two in the street? "Have you seen this cat? He's fine, but please don't feed him milk." sort of thing. 

    It might not work, but little harm trying. 
  • [Deleted User]
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    edited 7 May 2021 at 3:42PM
    He has now started to smell rank - it is not his "rear end" that is clean - it seems to permeate his whole body
    Could it be his anal gland is blocked? 

  • Silvertabby
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    He has now started to smell rank - it is not his "rear end" that is clean - it seems to permeate his whole body
    Could it be his anal gland is blocked? 

    Could be - has he been 'scooting'? (rubbing his bum on the carpet)

  • yksi
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    When you say rank, is it like urine smell all in his skin? Because that's kidney failure. It's incredibly common in cats of advanced age, I'm afraid.
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