I was told that the bread and pastas would be OK if 100% whole wheat and in moderation. Other then those nothing else is processed that i can think of. And the fact that her weight may be the new normal for now is the other possibility. Is 970 that bad a weight for a blue and gold? Her keel bone is easily felt but not as obvious as it was. She was 935 when she first went to vet and she is 970 now but it has been over a month. And the not eating has only been for the past week. I am beginning to believe that it is the side effect of loss of appetite in the glipizide but not sure. I have already read up on the cayenne pepper and will be picking that up first chance I get. As for the hormonal thing, that was my first got instinct that I was encouraging her hormonal behavior and that is why I was reluctant in doing that. But of course if it comes down to her health declining I will do it but right now if her weight stays the same I am trying to avoid that. I did find out last night while reading this forum that I was unknowingly encouraging that behavior though. Because Mickey has never shown any hormonal behavior in all the years I have had her, I never knew that patting her on the back would encourage this. We have always snuggled in the past but maybe it's time to stop that now? Another odd thing is that Mickey has always loved my son. Yet he came this morning and Mickey has lunged at him and won't even let him pick her up or pat her. I think it broke my son's heart. He couldn't believe it and neither could I. I would like to think the diabetes is just making her grouch this morning but I am not sure that is the case.Seems to me that you are in a difficult situation.
Since she's diabetic, I would recommend cutting out *ALL* processed foods. No bread. No pellets. No pasta. Nothing that's been processed. Put her on a fresh food based diet.
Feeding her warm, mushy foods, especially by hand, can be encouraging her hormonal behavior.
Her being underweight though could be troublesome with a diet change.
Can you try feeding her cayenne pepper, or maybe the cayenne spice mixed in her food? Seeds and all?