Re: [FH] Re: Appetite issues
- Hello Sarah,
In a message dated 1/9/04 9:25:37 AM, scrubbrush@... writes:
<< Wow, I wasn't aware that some these symptoms might indicate nausea.
I always think "teeth" when I see this. It makes me think that
perhaps Morag is feeling nauseous. >>
It's possible that there are other contributing factors, but those symptoms
can also indicate nausea, which is not uncommon when a cat is taking multiple
<< she's not accepting her medicated treats anymore. >>
That is perhaps the only drawback of medicated chews...that they can't be
administered easily unless the cat eats them voluntarily.
<< We need to figure out how to get her meds into her - that's our
number one problem right now. >>
There are a couple of options to explore, if you haven't already. Meds come
basically in 5 forms: pills (tabs and caps), suspensions, treats (chews and
pastes), injectables, and transdermal gels. Only the last 2 bypass the digestive
system and are useful if swallowing, upset, or malfunction are a concern.
Suspensions *may* be easier on the GI system than pills, depending on their
formulation (and a compounding pharmacy can customize the ingredients) and the cat's
sensitivity level. You may want to talk with your vet (if you haven't
already) about having the needed meds made up by a compounder to an alternative form,
if appropriate. Each delivery has pros and cons, depending on the situation.
<< If it is nausea, what medications, either synthetic or natural, are
safe to give to a heart kitty? >>
The synthetic meds generally given for nausea...and you'd need to discuss
with your vet how these might interact with your cat's tolerance specifically and
the meds she's on...include the histamine blockers (famotidine/Pepcid,
ranitidine/Zantac, cimetidine/Tagamet); anti-emetics (eg metoclopramide/Reglan); and
ulcer drugs (eg sucralfate/Carafate).
There are a number of complementary remedies...but suggesting one is less
clear-cut b/c, unlike synthetic meds, complementary remedies are specific to the
individual (as opposed to the disorder). That said, one traditional Western
herb is slippery elm bark, which coats the GI tract and provides some nutrients.
It generally comes in 300-400mg capsules (about $5 per bottle)...and the
average daily dose for a cat is about 50-100mg. It can be given in a small amt
(like 0.5 oz) of a favorite treat, eg pure meat baby food or canned salmon;
transferred to a small empty gelcap (eg #3) for pilling; or made into a syrup to be
syringed in the mouth or mixed with treats. SEB has a slightly sweetish taste
that some cats love, others don't. If you need the syrup recipe, let me know.
It generally does not interact with synthetic meds per se, but it should be
given at least 30 min after meds so that it doesn't affect absorption.
Another possibility is mint, ginger, or chamomile tea, which is made by
steeping the herb in boiled water for about 30 min. Cool and syringe in the mouth
(like about 3cc BID, adjusted to the individual).
There are dozens of homeopathics that include nausea or GI distress among the
symptoms...but the "right" one for your cat depends on the totality of the
individual's symptoms. If you want to explore that further, I can offer
information. // Rosemary