Originally Posted by the_food_lady
When I had to assist feed my old CRF kitty (for months!), she'd often make a grinding noise with her teeth/mouth, don't know why.
You may want to talk to the Vet about your plan to give her 100cc's of subq fluids until she's up and about; for a cat who doesn't have kidney failure, that's an awful lot of fluids and there is a risk that you could overhydrate her; overhydration puts a great strain on the heart, can put a cat into congestive heart failure, cause fluid build-up around the lungs, etc. Even with a kitty who has kidney failure, you don't give fluids unless the "fluid pouch" from the previous session has all been absorbed (meaning: when you give fluids, it falls with gravity and usually settles in a leg or down their side). Also, your kitty's potassium was definitely on the low end of normal while in hospital. The more fluids you give, the more she will lose (pee out) and low potassium causes lethargy and profound muscle weakness and can negatively impact the heart.
If you're getting a full day's worth of canned food into her via assist feeding, she shouldn't really require extra subq fluids, definitely not more than 50cc's per day.
Thanks for the heads up. I called Tucker's regular Vet today, and they said that I can check if she is hydrated by pulling on her skin and see if it snaps back. I guess they are talking about on the back of her neck where you can scruff her? They said that if it doesn't snap back, she is dehydrated, and I should give her the full 100ML. If you could elaborate on this for me, I would greatly appreciate it, as I am a little lost with it. But yes, I think I am at the point where she is getting a full can's worth of food a day, and she drinks just a little bit of water on her own. When I mix the food I assist her with, I add just a little bit of water with it in a coffee cup, and than I sit the cup in a pot of hot water to warm it slighlty.This morning she almost ate on her own. She sniffed and licked some hard food I offered her, and took a couple of little licks of some rice pudding I offered.
I decided to take her off of the pain medication, and she seems a little more alert without it. She spends most of her time sleeping, but will occasionally lay with her head up and stare at us. If I take her off the bed and put her down to her litter tray, she will use it, but is anxious to get back up on the bed and lay down, or maybe sit for a few minutes. All in all she is looking less sick, has a little more energy, but sleeps alot. Hopefully things just keep getting better through the weekend, and I can take her back to her normal Vet next week to get her checked out, and maybe have her bloodwork done again to see whats going on.
Again any more advise would be greatly appreciated. I am so happy that I came to this forum, as it most likely saved Tuckers life.