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How does a cat have to live when they stop eating,she's

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How long does a cat have to live when they stop eating,she's still drinking some water and a touch of milk
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 10 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian & I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Now as I am sure you can appreciate, no one has studied how long it takes a cat to stave to death since that would not be ethical. That said, cats that are off food for longer then a few days often are at risk of secondary liver issues and could deteriorate quickly after that point. Therefore, we don't want to leave Keetcha to suffer this way. So, if she isn't vomiting, you can syringe feed her a watered down calorie rich diet like Hill's A/D, Royal Canin Recovery or even canned kitten food. As well, since she is drinking you could also try a liquid diet like Clinicare Canine/Feline Liquid Diet or Catsure. There is also an over the counter paste called Nutrical that you could use to keep her from starving. All of these are nutrient dense, so a little goes a long way nutrition-wise. And these could just help get some more calories in even if we can’t get a huge volume of food in.

Otherwise, since funds are a concern and we don't want her to suffer, I do want to note some options you can try. First, I would note that both VCA + Banfield offer a free 1st consult offer that may be an option here. You can find their vouchers @:VCA (Voucher: or Banfield (Voucher: As well, the Humane Society ( ASPCA ( both have good databases of charities that could help you get the care she needs as quickly as possible.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.


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