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The instructions for Maverick's dosage of Denamarin specifies giving it to him one hour prior to having a meal. I've been picking up the cats' food and putting it away overnight, to insure that I give Mav the stuff on an empty stomach. I don't like doing it this way, b/c the poor babies can't eat all night long - even though I know that none of them are really going hungry. I guess I'm concerned that Mav may not be getting enough to eat, and it's probably crucial right now that he is getting enough nourishment.

What I need to know is if whether or not I should continue to do it this way, or should I take the food away maybe 1-2 hours before giving Mav the Denamarin. Would that suffice? I'm not sure how long it takes for a cat to digest their food entirely..

for any input.
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If it was me, and I could swing it, I'd opt for taking their food away 1-2 hours prior to you giving Mav the Denamarin. Would that be possible? The risk of giving it if food in the tummy is that it won't be absorbed as well (I'm sure you know this).

I agree that it might not be in his best interest to take the food away overnight.

Do you keep food out all through the day? Are you home during the day?
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Originally Posted by the_food_lady View Post
If it was me, and I could swing it, I'd opt for taking their food away 1-2 hours prior to you giving Mav the Denamarin. Would that be possible? The risk of giving it if food in the tummy is that it won't be absorbed as well (I'm sure you know this).
Yes, I figured that was the reason why the Denamarin was to be given on an empty stomach. But thanks for the input: some peeps aren't aware of that.

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I agree that it might not be in his best interest to take the food away overnight.

Do you keep food out all through the day? Are you home during the day?
I'm home all day, so that's not a problem. I didn't put their food away last night, and instead, I gave them their breakfast (canned food) and then took all their food away for two hours after they ate. Then I gave Maverick the Denamarin, and waited another hour before putting their food back down. Of course, they all were giving me "the look" till I gave it back to them. You would have thought they hadn't eaten in a week..

I think it's gonna work a lot better this way, and I won't feel so bad for "starving" them.
post #4 of 5
I think I might give it more time between taking food away and giving the Denamarin. I'm not so sure that 2 hours is enough time for a cat to digest their meal. I guess it can depend on the cat's digestive system, age, how much they ate, etc....but I'm just thinking about my cats.....ages 10-16....sometimes if they've horked up a furball, along with the furball is their previous meal (LOL) and sometimes that meal was 3-4 hours prior. Just something to consider?
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Originally Posted by the_food_lady View Post
I think I might give it more time between taking food away and giving the Denamarin. I'm not so sure that 2 hours is enough time for a cat to digest their meal. I guess it can depend on the cat's digestive system, age, how much they ate, etc....but I'm just thinking about my cats.....ages 10-16....sometimes if they've horked up a furball, along with the furball is their previous meal (LOL) and sometimes that meal was 3-4 hours prior. Just something to consider?
I spoke with my vet today, and he said that giving the Denamarin 2 hours after a meal would suffice. But thanks for pointing that out, FoodLady. One can never be too cautious - especially when it comes to our babies' meds.
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