In a message dated 6/2/04 12:02:34 PM, seasaidh@...
<< I talked with Purcy's vet last night and he thinks that the upper
respiratory infection and the high fever caused him to lose weight....
Is it possible that the Clavamox that he's been on may have caused
him to not want to eat anything? >>
Yes, it is possible, altho there are various contributing factors to
inappetance...incl respiratory infections with congestion that block the sense of
smell. *All* antibx have the potential to cause digestive upset (incl nausea,
inappetance, diarrhea, vomiting), b/c they kill or inhibit susceptible bacteria
thruout the body, incl in the digestive tract. Reaction is individual, altho
Clavamox does have a reputation for being particularly hard on some cats.
If the cat does in fact have a *bacterial* infection (as opposed to viral)
and needs to continue on antibx, then you may want to discuss with the vet the
possibility of finishing the course with an antibx that the cat can tolerate wi
th fewer undesirable side effects. Some cats who can't tolerate Clavamox
(which is amoxicillin plus clavulanate) can tolerate plain amoxi. Other common
antibx choices incl enrofloxacin (Baytril), marbofloxacin (Zeniquin), doxycycline,
and zithromycin (Zithromax). (I'm not suggesting that any of these are
appropriate for your cat; I'm just listing other possibilities.)
Other options that you may want to consider is adding a small amt of a
*nondairy* probiotic (eg UAS Labs DDS Junior or Jarrow Pet-Dophilus) to a mild,
palatable food, such as pure meat baby food with no onion or other additives (eg
BeechNut chicken and broth). Probiotics will help replenish the beneficial
bacteria in the gut and can help reduce digestive upset. Another possibility is
giving a small amt (eg 50-100 mg) of slippery elm bark in a palatable food.
Slippery elm is a demulcent that soothes the digestive tract and helps relieve
nausea. It needs to be given at least 30 min before or after a medication.
Some techniques that might be useful in stimulating the appetite is heating
the food very slightly in the microwave or with a spoon of hot water to release
the aroma (esp important with respiratory congestion); sprinkling the food
with an aromatic treat, such as a hard cheese (eg Parmesan), dried fish (eg
Slammin Salmon or Kitty Kaviar), or catnip; or spooning a small amt of the juice
from water-packed canned tuna or salmon over the food.
Inappetant cats may also benefit from tiny meals (eg 0.5-1 oz) of either
their usual food or a bland, simple, palatable food (eg pure meat baby food or
plain chicken or turkey muscle meat) every few hrs, as practicable (as opposed
to, eg, the usual size meal twice daily).
If the cat's nose is stuffy, it may be helpful to provide humidified
air...either with a cool-mist humidifier or by taking the cat into a bathroom, where
you can run a hot shower with the door closed to create steam. // Rosemary