I'm happy to report that Fred is doing well. I have him on wet food (Jasmine prefers dry) and he is putting on weight, slowly but surely. He is also taking better care of his fur. This past week I've been taking him outside on supervised walks around the yard. Being deaf I think he gets very bored in the house. When he goes outside he is transformed - alert and curious, sniffing and looking at everything. Here he is taking a nap after a walk in the yard and a bath. That is his catnip rat that he has his paws on.