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UPDATED: Force Feeding my kitty

Sunday, April 07, 2013



My kitty stopped eating. From what I read online if I can keep her eating and drinking she has a chance of recovering from her liver issues. I know that sounds terrible, but she isn't very old, maybe 5 years. She has a long future ahead of her if I can just get her to eat and drink.

Today my husband and I started feeding her some kitten milk and baby food turkey and gravy mix hoping it will help. We called the vet, but he didn't call back.

We also got a supplement that has nutrition in it and mixed in some milk thistle which is supposed to help the liver.

She drinks tiny amounts of fluids. She is moving weakly around the house and in the yard.

We are praying she doesn't pass. She could at any time as she has that look, like she may or might recover. She is walking on the cliff.


We are praying for a miracle, keeping hope that my precious fur baby will recover.

People ask about the wheat grass. Yes cats eat it when they feel sick. It won't make her any sicker. It has lots of nutrition and enzymes to help her. It was better to take her to the patch of grass in my vegetable bed that I use for juicing than to let her eat the crocus that she was trying to eat. I do not use pesticides in the vegetable bed, so the wheat grass is organic.

The pet food she is on is from the vet. He prescribed it. The baby food is an attempt to get her to eat. She has not been on it until today. If we can get her through the next few days she will progress back onto her diet from the vet, which she now refuses to eat.

Online they said if the cat stops eating they will die quickly from the liver issues, the people that forced the cat to eat had a higher rate of success.

UPDATED: Kitty is still very weak sleeping in a floppy rag like position. She is able to walk around the bed weakly. We have been feeding her with an eye dropper every half hour to hour and alternating with water. She takes it down well with the dropper not putting up much of an argument. It could be because she is so weak. My husband who used to work for a vet says her coat and skin is looking less dehydrated. The vet called and said to keep doing what I am doing. We did get the concentrated pet gel food and gave her a couple of doses of that.

We know we won't get much sleep tonight, but she is well worth the effort. Thank you for all the prayers and blessings.

Thank you for all the ideas.

Hugs.
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TEENYSMOM 4/13/2013 2:21PM

    HANG IN THERE MY FRIEND. YOU'VE ALL GOT LOADS OF PRAYERS GOING OUT FOR YOU AND KITTY, FROM ALL OVER THE PLACE. YOUR BABY IS FIGHTING, AND THAT IS A GOOD THING. I SO WISH THAT I COULD DO MORE FOR YOU ALL THEN JUST PRAY. BUT I AM DOING A LOT OF THAT!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/11/2013 10:24PM

    I am continuing to pray about this. We have to syringe feed several of our pets. You might try a syringe.

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CLPURNELL 4/8/2013 8:08PM

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MELROSE13 4/8/2013 6:32PM

    Awww hoping things take a turn for the better real soon! I would do the same thing..good for you and your commitment!!!

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LOVESLIFE48 4/8/2013 2:51PM

    Sendiing hugs and prayers emoticon emoticon

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USMAWIFE 4/8/2013 11:24AM

    Prayers going out to all of you for the kitty to get stronger. emoticon

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FARRAH511 4/8/2013 9:52AM

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KIKIMAV 4/8/2013 9:20AM

    emoticon I wish you the best!!!
You sound very determined to keep her eating, I am positive it will have good results !!!
Stay strong and do whatever is in your hand!!!
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L1ZB3TH354 4/8/2013 8:59AM

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SAMMIESMOM13 4/8/2013 8:44AM

    I don't know if this works for cats but it is good for sick dogs, to feed rice and ground hamburger or ground turkey. Could you make that and put it thru a blender with water and see if you could get that down her. (If not you could use the rest to make a casserole or something). Just try a tiny amount.
Will keep you in my prayers (and her).

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 4/8/2013 8:37AM

    I've had to force feed a cat who had a blocked bile duct. It took a few days but she recovered completely (that was 10 yrs ago and she's still alive and well). I know it's not fun but it helps.

Good luck. I hope she recovers!

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LITTLETEALOVER 4/8/2013 8:36AM

    I feel for you. I had a cat die from renal failure about 2 years ago. He was 6 years old. I'm now dealing with his litter mate who was diagnosed with it about 3 months ago. It's heartbreaking to watch a furbaby suffer.
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NELLJONES 4/8/2013 8:17AM

    My oldest cat went through something like this last year. She stopped eating. The vet said it was anorexia (as opposed to anorexia nervosa in humans) and there wasn't much we could do. She has liver issues and he gave us a low protein food, which she wouldn't eat. I decided to give her whatever she wants to eat, and if it shortens her life, so be it. At least she is happy now.

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4RASCALS 4/8/2013 7:50AM

    Hoping that your kitty will soon be well. It's good that your using a dropper to feed her. She needs nutrition, and to stay hydrated. My thoughts & prayers continue to be with you all. Give kitty hugs, talk to her, they understand us.

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123ELAINE456 4/8/2013 7:22AM

  Keep doing what You are doing. She should start feeling and doing better within a couple or three days. It will take time to pull her though this. I hope all goes well for the Three of You. Keeping Everyone in my thoughts and prayers. Try to get some rest and sleep Yourselves too. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. Hugs To All!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ANGIE_MAC7 4/8/2013 6:52AM

    Poor fur baby. I pray she starts eating soon. Bless you all.

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CYALE76 4/8/2013 5:57AM

    Praying for your kitty and you as well, hope you got a little rest last night.

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BEANIES_MOM 4/8/2013 4:08AM

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FRUSTRATEDOMA 4/8/2013 3:00AM

    PRAY YOU WILL ALL SURVIVE THE NIGHT AND TOMORROW WILL BE BETTER.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/8/2013 1:05AM

    I truly hope it all works out for you guys. I know this is such a difficult time for you, but hang in there!

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DAZZEEDOO 4/8/2013 12:58AM

    I've done this before- don't wait too long to go to the vet. They have speacial food for this that is higher in protien, and calories. You'll also need a feeding syringe which they will have. If you can keep your cat going for a couple of weeks, she may snap out of it and start eating again- apparently they go into shock. You do need to feed her about every 2 hrs. this way, and it's very messy. I found a video on You Tube when I needed to do this- it helped alot. If this seems impossible it is possible to have a feeding tube put in for a couple of weeks ( I was not able to do this, as waited too long and kitty wasn't strong enough for it)and may just add to kitty's trama.
Sending positive thoughts and praying for your kitty.
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NELLIEC 4/8/2013 12:50AM

    I am praying!

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JIBBIE49 4/8/2013 12:13AM

    We got IV Fluids from the vet and gave them to our cat under his skin at the back of his neck. It helped with being dehydrated. Cats do quit eating when sick.
emoticon the fluids are much more important than the food as she will have kidney failure if she gets to dehydrated. I'd keep her inside when she is this sick as she could be disoriented outside and hurt herself.

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1BEACHWALKER 4/8/2013 12:11AM

    Breaks my heart to hear this! Hope Kitty gets better real soon! emoticon

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NOMORESTALLING 4/7/2013 10:52PM

    Honey I am praying in earnest that your fur baby makes it through the night and comes through the turning point by the morning.
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BEECHNUT13 4/7/2013 10:02PM

    I probably don't have much more to offer here than everyone else has given, beyond my best wishes - good luck, and cuddle your kitty all you can!

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FLMOMX2 4/7/2013 9:50PM

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NEWME0519 4/7/2013 9:06PM

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FIT4MEIN2013 4/7/2013 8:31PM

    You can get some high calorie gel from pet stores to feed her. It only takes about 2T/day to give her all the calories she needs right now. You can rub it on her gums to entice her to eat or use a syringe. Here is a link to ordering it by mail, but it takes several days and you need to start her on something now. https://www.calvetsupply.com/catego
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This is the gel that I use for my furbabies when they get sick. https://www.calvetsupply.com/catego
ry/s?keyword=nutrical

Hope things go ok. I had a critically ill cat over the past month and I THINK he will make it through now. It's hard. emoticon

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WISHICOULDFLY 4/7/2013 8:19PM

    My heart aches for you. I am praying that your kitty bounces back quickly and makes a full recovery. emoticon They are like our little babies and it is torture to see them sick and not being able to make it go away instantly.

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ROCKYCPA 4/7/2013 8:14PM

    Hope everything works out for you and your cat begins to eat again!

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ACHOCOLATEWOMAN 4/7/2013 7:53PM

    I am an animal lover so it's sad to hear of this.

I wish everyone strength during this time.

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THROOPER62 4/7/2013 7:50PM

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LOOKINGUP2012 4/7/2013 7:21PM

    emoticon and prayers!

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JUMPINJULIE 4/7/2013 7:12PM

    Praying.

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VLINDER2014 4/7/2013 7:11PM

    emoticon and sending prayers lots of them .

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COCK-ROBIN 4/7/2013 6:42PM

    My prayers go with the cat.

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COCK-ROBIN 4/7/2013 6:42PM

    My prayers go with the cat.

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AWESOMECHELZ 4/7/2013 6:40PM

    When I cat got really sick last October, I fed him by hand too and he got better. I don't know if that will work for you but I want you to know that I know what you are going through since I did the same thing. AND, definitely, I am praying not just for your Kittie but for you and your hubby too. Love, Chelsea emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 4/7/2013 6:36PM

    I know how worried you are about her and I can tell that you really love her. I really hope that she'll come around and that what you are doing will help her. I'm keeping you and your baby in my thoughts and sending positive, healing vibes to her! emoticon emoticon

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_JODI404 4/7/2013 6:29PM

    Keeping you all in my prayers at this difficult time. emoticon

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LINDA! 4/7/2013 6:19PM

    I am still praying. I do hope that she will begin to eat. The massage that another person mentioned, on your blog, sounds like a very good idea. emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 4/7/2013 6:13PM

    It is a tough situation for everyone. You are all in my thoughts.

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GLORIAMAJDI 4/7/2013 5:59PM

    She won't eat the food from the vet...will she eat any cat food at all? When one of our cats had lymphoma the vet gave him Fancy Feast Ocean Whitefish canned food. That was the one thing that he would actually eat. Two of my cats eat NO people food but one will fight for tuna if it is available....good luck, I am still praying for your beautiful girl!

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PATRICIAAK 4/7/2013 5:50PM

    Thanks for the update. I am less distressed over the issues I raised.
When our family has nursed abandoned animals back to health, we've used a medicine dropper.
My sister would have the vet infuse fluids when her cat wasn't drinking.
I sure wish the vet would return your call!
If it's been more than a few hours, I'd be tempted to call again - in case he didn't get the message. That sometimes happens.

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NATPLUMMER 4/7/2013 5:24PM

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DEBBY4576 4/7/2013 5:22PM

    My heart goes out to you. I have birds, and when they decide not to eat, you have to force feed too. You sound like you have done a lot of research, and are doing the absolutely best you can.

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