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Re: [FH] Re: Yuki: No energy and not eating - force feeding.

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  • MAUREEN FOGG
    Yuki is going in at 4:30 today.  Will let you know the outcome. Thanks all for your concern and help. Maureen and Yuki ________________________________ From:
    Message 1 of 11 , May 23 6:58 AM
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      Yuki is going in at 4:30 today.  Will let you know the outcome.
      Thanks all for your concern and help.
      Maureen and Yuki




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      From: nicholeandmilo <coleryan86@...>
      To: feline-heart@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Mon, May 23, 2011 9:29:37 AM
      Subject: [FH] Re: Yuki: No energy and not eating - force feeding.

       
      I just want to mention, cats can NOT go a long time without eating. Cats can go
      into hepatic lipidosis/fatty liver within 24 hours of not eating. This varies
      between each cat obviously, but I wanted to mention this can happen and did
      happen to my angel Graham. He ate dinner and woke up in the morning and wouldn't
      eat, that was about 12 hours between meals, rushed him to the ER and they drew
      blood with an hour and he already had minimal signs of hepatic lipidosis. Cats
      need a minimum of 5.5oz of food a day to stay a float.


      I would talk to your vet about the meds Yuki is on and also check his heart rate
      since he was just started on a new med. When Moto came home from CHF he was on
      too many drugs that were lowering his heart rate, he was lethargic and wouldn't
      eat, so we had to adjust the dose.


      Is he nauseated? Licking his lips and turning his head to food is a sign of
      this. A good antiemetic like ondansetron is great for nausea. Forcefeeding a
      nauseated cat can cause a food aversion.


      Is he jaundice? Check his ears and white parts of the eyes. If so get him to the
      vet asap.


      Sorry to hear he's so sick.

      Nichole

      --- In feline-heart@yahoogroups.com, "tobythelegend" <tobythelegend@...> wrote:
      >
      > Maureen that breathing rate is really, really good as I'm sure you know. My cat
      >went seven full days without eating a drop of food, and that was after losing
      >~1.5 pounds in two weeks. One of the medications was making him not eat. Cats
      >can go a long time without food; without water is a completely different story,
      >so you are in good shape with Yuki drinking.
      >
      >
      > Regarding feeding, you could go a couple of ways. First I would try with a
      >highly specialized diet like:
      >
      >http://www.hillspet.com/products/pd-feline-ad-caninefeline-critical-care-canned.html
      >l
      >
      > It was recommended to me because it has extremely high calories (what you want
      >if you are force feeding). I would try warming it up in the microwave to make it
      >more appetizing.
      >
      > If that doesn't work, ask your vet about an appetite stimulant. Mirtazapine was
      >given to my cat, and he started eating; whether it was from the med or something
      >else I don't know, but in a situation where you don't have a lot of time, it
      >would be worth trying.
      >




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