Feeling Paw-ly


Sampson is a greedy cat. He likes to eat anything and everything. It can be a problem at times, as we always have to be aware of where food is in relation to him so that he doesn’t get it. We can’t leave the kitchen with food out, even for a second, because he’ll eat it.

There is a positive to this though. It is very quick and easy to know if Sampson isn’t feeling well. When a cat like Sampson, who loves food so much, goes of their food… Well, you immediately know something is wrong.

A few weeks ago Sampson was off his food. He still ate, but not with such gusto. He didn’t run as soon as he heard the food boxes being opened. He didn’t seem to be very ill, but the change in his personality was of course a concern.

Cuddly SampsonLuckily this only lasted the one day. We did let him sleep in our room overnight to keep an eye on him, and he was the sweetest little cuddlebug and not at all the pest he normally would be. (We don’t usually let the cats in our room at night, especially as Sampson would usually be waking us up every ten minutes to demand cuddles!)

By the next morning he was right as rain. Back to his usual self and eager to eat as much food as we’d let him. And any other food he could get his paws on!

We have no idea why he was feeling under the weather that day. It could’ve been anything really – we all have a day once in a while that we just feel unwell with no particular cause.


Lady Joyful

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25 thoughts on “Feeling Paw-ly

    • Lady Joyful says:

      Yes, definitely glad of that. It took us by surprise simply because usually Lola is the one we have problems with – the boys always seem so healthy! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  1. franhunne4u says:

    I am pretty concerned about my two not eatin enough since my previous female cat died after going off of food because of toxoplasmosis. When they still are eager for their treats, all is well and they just do not like their wet food. That is ok, there is enough kibbles about (unlike your Samson my two are no vacuum cleaners when it comes to food, they eat when they are hungry and stop eating when they have had enough). Cats are not easy to diagnose, as cats are very well aware they are small they are used to hide when feeling poorly. The cats the house cat stems from are small predators in a region where there are bigger predators and so their genetical makeup passes on the instinct to hide away when being an easy target.

    • Lady Joyful says:

      Oh yes, I always worry when any of them seem to be off their food (perhaps not so much with Lola, as she’s frequently princessy about eating…) And I agree, I’ve definitely noticed that they hide if they are not feeling well. It’s good to be able to recognise these signs in case of problems. Thanks for commenting 🙂

  2. Alomora64 says:

    I know when Jinxx is upset when he is louder than normal. I notice his voice changes slightly. It usually happens when my roommate goes away for the weekend. I just make sure he gets lots of attention until she’s back. And when she gets back, he ignores her – typical! Jasper hasn’t had many off days, but once got a little depressed when my mothers cat left after staying with us for 6 months. He didn’t play much, and just looked down in general. It was sad to watch. He loved to chase her about the house haha.

    • Lady Joyful says:

      Lola has a different yelling voice when she’s upset too! Aw bless Jasper. He sounds a bit like our Elvis – he really befriended one of the foster kittens we had a couple of years back (chasing her and playing with her) and was definitely sad when she left to her forever home. Thanks for sharing your story and for commenting 🙂

  3. susieshy45 says:

    I am glad Samson is ok now. When an animal falls sick, it is heart breaking, because they can’t speak up what is wrong.
    Does he eat grass or just cat food ?

    • Lady Joyful says:

      That’s why I worry about them so much when they are unwell, because it’s not always clear whether it is serious or not. He just eats cat food, though he does try and eat anything else he finds that he thinks might be edible… Thanks for commenting 🙂

  4. pilch92 says:

    I am glad Sampson is feeling better. I always get nervous when one of ours is sick because it isn’t like they can tell us all their symptoms, we have to be detectives.

  5. virginiafair says:

    I know what you mean. When my cats seem mopey, that is the test – do they come running at mealtimes? Of the three, Marble is most like Sampson. In fact, I am surprised he doesn’t get sick more often, given that he tries to eat everything – cardboard, upholstery, stuffed animals, slippers, scarves, and sweaters. He also has Inflammatory Bowel Disease which may or may not have originated with his gluttony. I’ve spent a fortune on vet bills, and no one has come up with a reason for his pica. Still he’s two and a half and soldiering on, as I follow his every move to make sure he hasn’t gotten into anything!

  6. brendablagdon says:

    Buddy was like that when my husband went away to work. I think there was not enough stimulation for him with just the two of us at home. But this doesn’t seem like the case here. Maybe cats are like people and just have down days. The main thing is that you were concerned and tried to make him feel better.

    • Lady Joyful says:

      That’s what I was wondering. I have been told that I get worried about the cats way too easily, but better to be safe than sorry I think! Thanks for commenting 🙂

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