My kitty Ptolemy (P is silent) is doing MUCH better now that I've had him on subcutaneous fluids for a week and a half (100 cc a night) but he's not eating well at all. I have tried over 20 different wet foods, and it's just a hit or miss thing, and Pepcid A/C didn't seem to help nor the Mirtazapine. Sometimes he'll chow almost like normal, a whole can of cat food in a day, but that's one day in 5. I have done all the tricks, like heating up the food, putting it on a plate, elevating the plate, and so on. He's best about licking up the gravy. I have tried every wet food on the market, in many flavors. I think the Clavamox was upsetting his stomach and stopped that last night, because it was never clear if he had an infection or not, and the subQ fluids helped so much.
His creatinine and BUN were high, as if he had moderate CRF, but his blood work 4 months ago was fine, and I'd thought his problems yodeling at night and not grooming were due to dementia. He was very dehydrated when his blood work was done. Everything else tested fine.
So how many oz of wet food do you think he needs in a day?
He's about a 12 pounder, currently inactive, 17 to 18 year old tomcat (sleeps all day).
I don't know if he will need daily subQ forever, but for now, he needs that. He really seems to have turned a corner for the better. Acting much more normal. Oh, and I got a feeding syringe, and I'm also not worrying about putting him on CRF diet yet, because he just needs to EAT at this point, eat something. I don't want him to associate the diet he will need long term with his nausea or loss of appetite now.
Good thing I have 3 other cats to feed. They are making out like little piggies with all that food Ptolemy won't eat. Oink oink!
Thanks everyone! I'm a new member.