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Dr. Gary, Cat Veterinarian
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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
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I have a little cat here, rescued from my front porch. She

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I have a little cat here, rescued from my front porch. She is very tiny and arthritic, also has a heart murmer, and she just had all of her teeth removed. This was with 24 hour pre and post surgery hydration since her creatin (?) levels are high. I am feeding her canned tuna or salmon with warm water, also she will eat Friskies' salmon dinner or Gerber's baby food.
She is not currently being hydrated.
Little Miss Riley could sure use your help!
Rosie Shaw
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hello & welcome, Rosie. I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.
Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not aid you sooner. If you would still like assistance, can you tell me, if you had any specific questions (as I can only see your history on Miss Riley)?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sorry. It took me quite awhile to actually access your response. Blame Windows LiveMail, perhaps. Thank you for your caring for a cat you haven't even met. You can see Riley's history, and she's pretty fragile. She is only 5.2 pounds, so getting her to eat is imperative. With her high creatin levels I have had two vets say to either hydrate her or to wait. So that is one question. There are many people on blogs about trying to feed toothless cats, and I've learned a lot. I have heard that kidney cats are pretty finicky, eating one food one day and something else another day. I have heard that warmed up chicken broth is good. Right now, I just want to get her to eat. Thanks.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
No worries at all my dear,
Now I do have a few questions for you to start.
Was her urea elevated as well?
Do you mean that one vet suggested to hydrate her and another didn't?
Did they mean orally or via giving fluids under her skin?
Is she currently dehydrated?
Is her appetite struggling just now?
Is she vomiting, retching, gagging, drooling, or lip licking ?