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I'm just seeing this now. Please know I am sending you so many positive thoughts for Tiny.
I noticed with Tesia that she started not wanting to eat right away when we got up in the morning. I started letting her let me know when she wanted to eat, instead of me putting it down on our old schedule and having her walk away. I don't know if your schedule allows for this. I felt that helped me not stress about it, and I felt like she felt less pressure. We would go out, and then she would come back in and go back to bed for an hour or so. Then she would come out and be ready to have breakfast.
As her appetite ebbed and flowed, I would key in one what she DID like - and I would just give her that. She always happily ate cookies, even if she turned away from her bowl of food, until that last weekend, so suddenly cookie intake went way up. I had only very occassionally given cookies through her life, but in her last two months, she got cookies whenever she looked at me. She seemed to really love Fromm Gold Duck and Chicken Pate, so I gave her that, and I gave her more anytime she asked. I gave her smaller amounts more often. She also did better when I took the chill off the refrigerated portions in the microwave, and mashed it up so that she could just basically lick it up, rather than chew anything. She also did better if I served it on a slightly lipped plate than in her dish. (No clue why on this one, but so be it).
If you are worried about calories, Hill's a/d diet can be really good. It is concentrated, so you can add some water and make it into a gravy type consistency and add it to kibble, or just give it alone as I eventually did.
Best of luck - I know the great worry when their appetite starts to change.