Last sunday I picked up Edgar from his former home where he lived with another shorthair, tabby female. I expected some adjustment issues as I took him away from his BFF to a new home.
Now, were almost a week together. Edgar is under the sofa the whole time, nothing strange, at night he wanders trough the sanctuary room, exploring the new surroundings. I sit with him a couple of hours a day, doing nothing or watch tv and so once in a while I talk to him. So far so good. But, he doesnt drink and eat. I use different types of water bowls and I mark the waterline so I can see how much he drank. Basically nothing, he drank maybe 10cc per night and the day after I find a little ball in the litterbox the size of a pingpong ball. He didnt ear nor poo. Yesterday (day 5) I took him to the vet for a check up and to see how we could get him to eat and drink (more).
Now it turns out little Edgar has bowel disease, peridontitis and tested positive for FCoV. The bloodwork turned out fine, only his CK levels were a bit high. On the xray the vet made we could see he was heavily constipated so the vet decided to do an enima today. After 30 min still no poo, so the vet send me back home to let him poop in his litterbin. Well, the imaginary happened, he crapped in the travel basket in the car. His fur completely covered in poop. So I cleaned him with a wet towel and a dry one, I thought putting him in a bath would only cause more stress and the poor fellow has already a lot to cope with. So a bit of cat shampoo and a warm, wet towel did the trick. After I dried him, I brushed him. He seemed to like that as he turned on his back himself so I could easily reach for the messy bits of his fur coat, and did lay still the whole time, he didnt even want to jump off my lap to hide under the sofa again.
Also he told me to assist him with eating. I give him 60cc of liquid food mixed with a quarter cup wet food (Hill's digestive care) and warm water four to five times a day, I think he likes it cause he nearly eats the syringe with it. When its dinner time I lure edgar in to the travel basket he came in. Is this the right way? Or will he develop fear for the travel basket?
For the rest of the time Edgar hides under the sofa, but still doesnt come out to drink or visit the litterbin by himself.
I am worried that with the assisted feeding and all the unwanted attention Edgar has a suboptimal adjustment period in the first weeks. But if I do not assist him with his daily carbs and water he will be in deeper trouble...
Is there a middle road? Now he has eaten and pooped, wouldnt it be better to leave him alone, or should I carry on with assisted feeding/drinking? Also, he's on meds now for the bowel disease and peridontitis. On monday he'll get his second round of shots (antibiotics and steroids). So ill have to take him out of his sanctuary again.