Roby, I know exactly what you are going through, it is such a painful emotional thing, but you are doing what's right. I used to cry before and after I force fed kismet (yes all three times) I managed to calm down while I was feeding her, and I'd do it in the dark to some soft music, helped calm us both down. I thought she hated me, she wouldn't even look up anymore when I came in a room or patted her it was so hard. I was never very good at the force feeding either, I always got it ALL over her, me, the towel, the room...... But now, almost 2 years later, she is exactly back to the sweet girl she was. Once she got her weight and strength back nothing was different (even though she was force fed for over 2 months) she lets me pick her up, brush her, play with her, clip her nails..... she jumps on my lap, purrs, sleep with me, etc. Cats are very forgiving, and I'm sure your baby will trust you again, please don't worry too much.
At night when he goes the longest without feeding.....are you leaving out all sorts of food for him? (this is when he will most likely start eating again). LEave out baby food, wet food, tuna, treats, anything you can think of and see if he'll eat it during the night. Even just a little bit.
Also maybe you should switch to the Hill's A/D for force feeding. This is by far the best food for syringe feeding, it goes through the syringe nicely when mixed with water and has a very high caloric value. This is what i used and I mixed it with warm water everytime. I did 1mL at a time, 60mL/feeding, atleast 3 times a day.
Originally Posted by roby22
Just got home and did an experiment. I laid out some kitty treats on the floor and Pikey ate them. I then put the kitty treats in his bowel and he would not even approach them. I then took the treats out of his bowel and placed them on the floor and he ate them right up. I then put out some IAMS kitten food which I just bought out on the floor with the kitty treats and he ate both (but not a lot of it). Interesting don't you think? Any ideas?
I just read this. This is excellent news, this is how kismet started eating when she started to get better. As I mentioned before, keep up with the force feeding, but leave little piles around at night (Not in the bowl, just on the floor wherever) I bet he will slowly start eating them at night, and again, not just cat food, but treats and anything else that seems appetizing to a cat.