Re: [FH] Compounding Medicine
- Hi Bridget,
In a message dated 8/4/05 6:30:04 PM, Bab006@... writes:
<< I bought
some of the most expensive brands today just to try. >>
What brands were those?
<< I opened 3 of the most extensive cans and he turned his nose
It is often difficult to get a cat to eat a new food b/c cats have a very
powerful built-in mechanism that inhibits their ingesting anything that smells
"foreign" to them, which means (in Cat World) it may not be safe. Altho every
cat has a diff. tolerance of new smells, the safest approach is to add a very
small amt (like 1/2 tsp) of a new food to an old food, then increase by that amt
If you haven't tried them already, here are some other options to consider.
If the cat likes fish, which has a strong smell that is attractive to some
cats, it might be useful to spoon the juice of water-packed tuna or clam juice
over food. Some cats also respond to dehydrated fish flakes, such as Kitty Kaviar
or bonita flakes (available at some groceries, particularly Asian grocers).
Or you can squirt some of the oil from a fish-body oil capsule onto food.
<< I opened another can of an old
favorite than he has not eaten in a while and he ate the WHOLE can. >>
This could possibly be b/c that food is familiar and "safe" to him. If he
likes that food, would it be possible to feed it consistently?
<< ANyway, my local pharacist is willing to compound the meds
in cod liver oil since he cannot find fish oil. >>
Cod liver oil is high in fat-soluble vitamins, which can build up in the
body, which is not sound nutrition.
If the cat likes fish-body oil (I'm assuming you mean salmon oil or similar),
is it possible to use that to administer the meds (if you haven't tried that
already)? Would it be possible to coat his meds with it to make them more
<< So I will continue to use up
to 10 cans of cat food like today to get him to take his meds until I get
his meds compounded. >>
Have you tried flavored chewable meds? BCP is a compounding pharmacy that
makes medicated chews in various flavors, incl fish. In the past, they would send
sample (unmedicated) chews to the vet's ofc in various flavors so that the
client could try them with the animal before spending $ to make up the meds.
Contact is at www.bcpvetpharm.com. // Rosemary