Originally Posted by batgirl2good
I got him some tuna in oil, and he ate a little tiny bit, not even half a spoonful. Roasted chicken did not appeal to him at all.
Vet says he has to stay on the renal food; he could still have kidney failure, and that is why he has to have benazepril every day for the rest of his life.
Dr. Morgan says he is not worried, that Humble will be ok.
I am to call in the morning.
Y'all, I am afraid my cat will die from dehydration or from loss of appetite, etc.
I told the vet, who reassured me.
ANY IDEAS, just to get him eating some more?
How much gatorade or pedialyte to give? I got cherry flavored and plain.
I also got a bottle of gatorade.
Is half an eye dropper full too much? That would be maybe 1/4 of a teaspoonful.
I don't know how to say this. I am not a vet, it is not my place to criticize yours, but on the kidney failure support list I am on, from folks I respect, we all know that no food = no cat, and there are times when you must do whatever it takes, to get your cat eating, or you risk losing them.
There are prescription diets, there are homecooked diets, there are foods that are comparable in at least the phosphorous content levels of various renal foods. There is much discussion re when lower protein is necessary, versus feeding really good quality protein.
I realize you do not know for sure if Humble has chronic renal failure, but I know you'd find this site - www.felinecrf.org
helpful as it discusses renal diets, hydration, controlling the cats phosphorous levels etc...so much, in so much detail (including meds such as the benzepril).
I can recommend an assist-feeding support group for you, I would say if this is all Humble is eating currently, it is way too little, and you MUST get some more food into him. One method is to make tiny meatballs of wet food, and gently pop that into the side of his mouth - so he will have to chew - being careful not to pop it towards the back of the mouth where he might simply try to swallow.
Or, you can use a blender to blenderize canned food w/a bit of water, and then use a feeding syringe to gently and slowly, give some to Humble several times per day.
You can test Humble for dehydration by gently pulling up on the loose skin between his shoulder blades (just past base of neck)..the skin should snap back as soon as you let go. If it stays "tented" or slowly goes back, that indicates he is dehydrated.
I would not use the flavored pedialyte, but the plain.
I am going to pm you the address of the assist-feeding group - many of them have cats with kidney or liver issues, I really believe they can give you specific advice on amounts to feed, best method.
Off to send you that address (and for the crf list as well).