Re: [FH] Spooky
- Hi Linda,
In a message dated 6/3/06 10:48:03 AM, vze2dvs7@... writes:
> I will sayIs 12 lbs around his ideal weight?
> that he used to be a 17 lb. FAT cat and over the past year and a
> half has gradually lost weight and now weighs about 12 lbs.
What does the cat eat (brand, flavor, canned or dry)?
Cats generally tend to achieve and maintain an appropriate weight for their
frame when they eat the right amt of calories from the right sources. The right
amt of calories is *about* 20-30 cal per lb of ideal body weight per day,
adjusted for individual activity level, metabolism, age, etc. The right sources
are a high-quality, low-carbohydrate, well-balanced, moisture-rich, meat-based
diet that comes as close as possible to the nutritional profile of a typical
> I did giveIt might be a good idea to chase the pill with a little treat (if there's
> him his Dilacor; I hope it's o.k. I gave it to him even without food.
something he likes esp) or at least a syringe of water, so that the pill does get
down the esophagus.
> Do these sound like the signs like he is starting to have heartI can't evaluate that. But it could be that he's nauseous from the
medications, which is not uncommon. Cats have very sensitive systems...and there are
many synthetic meds that upset the digestion and contribute to inappetance.
> I've had 2 cats with cancer, so I know how to syringe feed. WouldIf he's not eating at all, then yes, it would be a good idea to assist feed.
> you suggest I start doing that with Spooky? I know they have to eat
> or their system starts to shut down.
Eukanuba Maximum Calorie has about 56 calories per oz, which makes it a more
efficient product to syringe feed than Hill's a/d or regular canned food or
baby-food meat...altho all of those work as well.
Some cats will also go for general "assistance" when feeding without the
syringe. Eg, some will eat tiny amts off the finger or a spoon...or when the food
is topped with something smelly (eg Parmesan cheese or dehydrated fish
flakes)...or when the food is warmed or soupy with some warmed broth. It's also very
important to keep the whole atmosphere around the food as stressfree as
possible, b/c the more anxious and disappointed we are that "He's never gonna eat,"
the more stressed the cat is. When mine won't eat, I lie on the floor with
them and makes lame jokes and tell them how much I love them and how yummy the
food is and all the best cats get finger fed and I know they don't feel good but
it's really important they try a little bit, blahblahblah...anything to keep
the atmosphere positive, loving, and in service to the cat.
>Something to consider is that the cat is nauseous and might feel like eating
> I would appreciate ANY suggestions you have.
again with a little digestive support. Something like slippery elm bark
(available at most health food stores for like $5) can soothe the dig. tract. If
you'd like to use it and need more info, search the archives or just post again.
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