Yay! We've made jokes in this particular forum before, that we'd never expected to get so excited about poos and pees
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10/16/07 at 3:46pm
Hey there...glad you found us. I hope we can ease your mind a bit until tomorrow.
I'm currently having to assist-feed one of my cats completely - and highly, highly recommend a support group I initially belonged to re this (will pm you the url to read about the group and to join if you wish). They have a ton of info in their info files.
First...here is a site that helps you calculate how many calories your cat needs (obviously if underweight, will need more - consider putting in the weight your cat should be and feed that number of calories to get her to gain): http://www.petdiets.com/default.asp?...culate/der.asp
Second - to feed, I use a 12 cc syringe and in this case, cc's of liquid material equals mls of liquid material (think of it, syringes are marked as x number of cc's).
third (sorry, very much not awake and working on first cup of coffee): assist-feeding can become a fairly quick routine (though messy!! Tyler is excellent at flinging food on both of us) - where you know exactly the target amount you want to feed, have your towels set up (we have a "we're done now lets wash the whiskers routine).
key tips: syringe from the side (corner) of the mouth --- NOT straight in toward the throat which can cause choking and aspiration into the lungs. Syringe 1cc (ml) or less, then rest a few seconds to give the cat time to swallow it (don't worry if your cat spits some out), syringe another cc or less, rest, repeat, etc.
your goal is small amounts fed frequently. It's advised to try to syringe 15-20cc (ml) every two or three hours at first, during waking hours. If you work all day and cannot feed then, reverse the schedule and feed during the night. Then, in a day or two, slowly work up to larger amounts, increasing in 5cc increments every few feedings. As you progress, you can decrease the overall number of feedings.
baby food meat (gerber second foods - always check label to be sure there is no onion listed in the ingredients list) such as chicken or turkey, ham or beef can be used just to help get you through today.
do make sure whatever you are feeding is at room temp or slightly warmed.
fwiw, I have been feeding Tyler for about a year now (yep, he eats a bit on his own, but not much)...I feed him 3x a day, 48 ccs at a meal. It's a snuggle time for us, he gets am and pm meds at which time I feed him plus one other. We have our routine and it's not a big deal.
You can do this! Off to pm you.
Todays update is good. She hasn't gotten 'better' per say but we are making steps. The feedings are getting easier, and she is getting a little bit more energy. She had her first bowel movement in 5 days.....i never thought I'd be so excited about poo. I did my first at home sub-cutaneous fluid treatment and it went well, although it leaked a bit more then when I did it at the vets she didn't seem to be in any pain and lay quietly beside me while she was atteached to the IV needle. As soon as it was done she jumped off the couch, went to the litter box then came right back and jumped up on my lap where she has fallen asleep and been for the last hour, I don't even want to move because this is the first time she has come to me in days instead of hiding......it almost made me cry.
She still isn't eating on her own, but I'm not expecting miracles.......just small steps, she did eat two temptation treats, which is more then she has done on her own in ages, and is showing a teeny bit more energy. I don't want to get too excited too early, but I am just so happy that she is atleast more comfortable and happy...... Thank you so much TCS!!