Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
Many folks simply feed what the cat will eat (though the point re sodium content of cold cuts is an important issue) and use a phosphorous binder to deal with the issue of high phos content.
Protein content is an issue, but as we all no, no food/no cat..you do the best you can.
ps fwiw, with Patrick (RB), over the 4 years we dealt with his crf, we had to deal with loss of appetite, though nothing like this. I used tricks such as Kitty Kaviar (which also comes as a fine powder - under the name of apPETizer) and crumbled beef - Rosie's Rosedust, atop his wet food.
Both worked very well.
Thank you, again!
I think yesterday may have been an off day. Today I have her eating chicken breats - finely diced (she abides the chew 100 times rule) and she cleaned up. She gets many small portions throughout the day as large meals cause her to vomit.
I did just talk to my vet, and she doesn't think this is yet chronic renal failure - she called it "kidney insufficiency", but without proper management it could become CRF. However, Mali's phosphorous levels are totally normal, so the vet said not to worry about that right now.
It will be interesting to move with her, and interesting to get more opinions on this whole thing. Unfortunately her medical history is novel-length.. I did find some vet suggestions from CRF cat caregivers here
, with some suggestions in the area that I am moving to, so it will be a relief to have that pre-setup. Plus I need subq fluids and needles at my friend's so that I can give Mali SubQ fluids the night I arrive, she was just moved back up to daily fluids (100ml/day) from her latest test results.
Thank you again for all of the wonderful information. I'll keep trying to incorporate a more balanced diet, but at least she's off the cold-cuts, and that is, itself, at least a small victory. She only went on those because she tried to steal a turkey sandwich from me when she was refusing all other food. It was the most baffling thing, trying to keep her away from my food when I couldn't get her to eat a single thing I had tried, including "human" food.
The next day she almost got a pizza crust, but I can't rightly feed her pizza, even if she is starving.
She's sneaky when she's feeling well - and FAST.