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Cat needs something real "TASTY"...
Cat needs something real "TASTY" to begin eating on own. ( Background) March 2010 Our 5 yr old cat receives vaccinations ~ those shots throws cat into " Fatty Liver Syndrome".April 2010 Dr. Appointment cat is dehydrated~ her sister same vaccinations, inside only, same diet is doing well. Exploratory surgery & biopsies of organs,blood panel etc completed now attempting to feed cat with syringe in mouth. Teeth are clenched absolutely refusing to eat, continuing on during week this has to work. Body begins to breakdown Siamese very head strong. " Maddy" developes hernia feeding tube inserted Excellent Dr. & Owners continue to work together whatever Maddy needs she gets Cat begining to improve.10 days later IMPROVEMENT Maddy eating some on her own not enough to sustain her. Protein level good all biopsies great hernia operation scheduled weight perfect Maddy hernia surgery performed last week. Our Dr. says start backing off tube feeding a little at time which will make her eat more. Instead of 4 we fall back to 3 large syringes Maddy eats approx 1/3 of can. We drop to approx 2.5 large syringe Maddy continues to eat 1/3 of can. We have Iams kibble both Kitten and adult formulas and Friskies Pat'e available 2 cans a day she begins to lose weight. She comes to us like clock work to be tube fed, we are frustrated we need help! Does anyone have any ideas for us? Thank you so much
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We use A/D by Hill's as a formula for tube feeding and after. A small amount has increased calories over other foods, it is easy also to force feed in the mouth. Another choice is Fancy Feast. Many cats love this. Keep food in front of her, but continue tube feeding so she doesn't lose weight. Many cats don't begin eating well for 30-90 days after FLS. The tube can't be removed before 14 days post-op but can be left in until she's eating well. Many cats will eat even with the tube in place. I hope this is helpful, and good luck!
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