I actually think Moochie looks better already, but I'm trying not to get too excited. I volunteer at an animal shelter and I stopped by there yesterday to drop off some stuff, and let me tell you, when you have a sick pet, the best friends to have are those that volunteer/work for the animal shelter! The shelter's director hooked me up with a couple of smaller needles (#20) for the fluids, she said the ones the vet gave me (#18) were pretty big. She also gave me a can of food called a/d. She says they use it at the shelter for animals that won't eat, and most of those animals will eat it because of its consistency. I'm so glad she gave it to me, cuz even though I tried to get Moochie to eat her new NF food yesterday, she snubbed it, but I put down a little of the a/d food for her, and she actually tried a little bit. Then I offered it to her two more times last night and she's ate some each time, for a total of three times!
And granted, she didn't eat THAT much during each setting but just showing an interest in food and actually eating some all by herself three separate times in one evening is so great to me. And this morning, she really wasn't interested in either the NF or a/d so I offered Moochie her "regular" cat food and she ate the most I've seen her eat since she's been sick. (Still not her normal appetite but the quanities are improving, I think.) So hopefully this pattern with continue and I want to start blending in the NF food with her regular food so I can hopefully, eventually, get her eating just the NF.
But she's looking better to me, she greeted me at the door when I came home yesterday (something she's ALWAYS done but hasn't really done since she got sick) and she was actually waiting around the food bowls for food cuz it was dinnertime. She also seems much more alert, she's walking around more than she was before and just seems a little more herself... it's hard to explain but I'm seeing little things that are letting me know she's feeling better.
And I administered the sub-q fluid all by myself! Well, my mom was on hand last night for my first solo attempt, cuz I wasn't sure how Moochie (or I) would react, but I held her in my lap and putting the needle in wasn't as bad as I thought. And Moochie didn't even flinch when I put the needle in her (she's such a good kitty
) There were a few times when I could feel her pushing like the wanted to get up and walk away, but I just held her firmly in my lap and petted her and talked kitty-talk to her. This morning's dosage went smoothly, too. So I'm glad I'm over that hurdle.
I like what I'm seeing so far, but I'm trying not to get my hopes up until I see her eating a little more and see how she does the next few days.