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I am froce feeding Tiddle Hills A/D, how much such I make her eat?

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She has had a complete CBC blood panel and 2 other blood tests. Yesterday she had a chest x-ray and an x-ray of her abdomen, still no problems they can see.

She is still running a temp from 103.3-103.9 today. Is there anything I can do to try to lower her temp?

I am now force feeding her "Hills A/D with a syringe. Does anyone know how much I should try to get down her and how many times a day.? I am also forcing Pedalite with a syringe (she is not drink very much water at all.) How much liquid should I attempt to get down her and how often. she weighs 12 pounds. She has already lost 2 lbs.

She was on Clavamox, today the vet had me come by and get Baytril tablets.

I'm sorry to be such a PAIN! I'm am just so frustrated and confused.

Thank you!
Blessings,
Terri
post #2 of 13
CALL the VET ... When I forse feed I aim for about 4-6 ouces a day
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CALL the VET ... When I forse feed I aim for about 4-6 ouces a day
I have...she has been to the Vet 3 times since Friday...they can't figure out what is wrong with her!!!
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NO NO not go see the vet but call and ask how much to feed ....

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NO NO not go see the vet but call and ask how much to feed ....

Thank you Sweetie!
I just did exactly that. I'm learning...Slowly but Surely
Bless You!
post #6 of 13
For the fever, the fluids should help. That's about the best thing you can do for a fever..in a cat, AFAIK. I hope she feels better soon.
post #7 of 13
Terriandod--

I missed your other thread so forgive me if I am asking things already addressed--

Did the vet administer subQ fluids? Just that will often take the edge off a fever to get appetite going. And once it gets going again, a cat will take it from there.

What about Cyproheptadine? Most often used as an antihistimine, but vets have seen success when trying to stir up the appetite of a listless cat.

Seems a lot of unanswered things are going on

Is having your cat admitted an option? I know this brings costs to a new level but she may need round the clock fluids.

I am sorry!!! I hope she gets better NOW!!
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Terriandod--

I missed your other thread so forgive me if I am asking things already addressed--

Did the vet administer subQ fluids? Just that will often take the edge off a fever to get appetite going. And once it gets going again, a cat will take it from there.

What about Cyproheptadine? Most often used as an antihistimine, but vets have seen success when trying to stir up the appetite of a listless cat.

Seems a lot of unanswered things are going on

Is having your cat admitted an option? I know this brings costs to a new level but she may need round the clock fluids.

I am sorry!!! I hope she gets better NOW!!
Yes, she was kept over night Monday night and given fluids. So yes, she has already been given fluids over night.

No not Cyproheptadine, but I'll certainly ask the vet when I call with my "progress report" tomorrow.

Thank you so much for your concern and time. I'll keep everyone posted.
post #9 of 13
Wow. That *IS* a head scratcher. I can only imagine how upset/frustrated you all are. Poor kitty

The cypro isn't an abx (many may think 'cipro' as in the floxins, but it's not). It doesn't sound like it'd be much of a success in your case, but you never know.

What is her current temp? Is it still 103 range? Normal is anywhere from 100.5-102.5, so yes 103 is a temp. But it's not out of hand....it may go down gradually. Sometimes a fast drop isn't always good either. Definitely keep pushing the fluids (I know you are trying!!!)

Has your vet recommended a specialist? I dunno I am just thinking outloud for you. Maybe the continued stress of repeated trips is keeping her resistance down too. Buncha what ifs....ugh.

After at least a week, a pet with an undiagnosed fever is just termed 'fever of unknown origins' or 'idiopathic'. Its very unsettling to not know , but do know that it is not totally uncommon and keep positive.
post #10 of 13
When I had to force feed my sweet Sparky, RIP, the vet told me to try to get the entire can 5 ounces down a day. I tried half in the am and half at night. She hated me doing that to her. It was a mess, all over me and her.
What helps is to get 6 or more syringes, fill them all up at once, and then begin feeding. One syringe is not enough, because it takes too long to fill it between servings, and the two of you are spending too much time struggling.
Good luck
post #11 of 13
Gailuvcats--good idea.

Terriandrod--I finally found your other thread and realize everything I have basically posted in this thread was already discussed.

Note to self: Find the thread. Read the thread. Rinse. Repeat.

Hope kitty is doing better today.
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What helps is to get 6 or more syringes, fill them all up at once, and then begin feeding. One syringe is not enough, because it takes too long to fill it between servings, and the two of you are spending too much time struggling
That's exactly what I ended up doing when I was force-feeding; so much easier that way. I'd usually do this 3 or 4 times daily. My cats always seemed to tolerate several smaller feedings during the day, as opposed to 2 big feeding.
Have you asked about giving your baby sub-q fluids at home? (it's relatively easy to do)
Wish I had some words of wisdom. Hope your kitty feels better soon.
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Have you asked about giving your baby sub-q fluids at home? (it's relatively easy to do)
Another good point. A good friend of mine had to do this with her Ragdoll (who was temporarily affected with the first recall of foods ).

She was terrified of doing it but was walked through it a couple times and she did fine. We are happy to report her kitty's values are normal finally

There is a sense of great satisfaction when we can care for our pets at home, on our own. Even something small as clipping their nails. Even when it's not the most pleasurable activity, I think they truly know we are caring for them
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