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Update on Sick Persian Cat- 9 years old-What I've learned and want to share

post #1 of 13
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Dear Forum Members:
I wanted to thank everyone that gave me suggestions on how to feed my Persian Cat that has been unwilling to eat or drink since 3-13-06. I started using the baby food meat - for 2month olds as it is pureed enough that they do not need to chew it. I was able to get about 1 Tbs down her twice a day with a small popsicle stick and feeding her to the side of her mouth. Then the water has been given with a dropper.

Yesterday I decided to take her to another Vet for another opinion as to why she would not eat now 17 days. She is thin and very fragile and I just felt that something else must be done.
He tested her for feline lukemina - it was negative, he tested her for diabetes and that was negative. He felt that her teeth had not fallen out like I previously thought. Then he gave her a mild sedative to look at the mouth and throat to see if an ulcer was in the throat. That was negative.

His conclusion was that it was a virus cats can catch that is in the air. Like the flu virus. Since cats eat 99% by smell and when they get these viruses they lose their smell, they lose all appetite. They will go the food and to the water and put their nose to it but then will walk away. They will feel better one day, and then go back down the next, not moving much and weak acting. They run a slight .5 temperature in the afternoon but have no temperature in the morning.
It will run its course and he felt she will recover and to keep hand feeding her and giving her fluids by dropper until she will eat and drink on her own.
Yesterday she acted like she was feeling better in the morning, then when I had her in the vet in the afternoon she was weak.
He also felt that older cats can sometimes lose their appetite and to begin giving her Pet Tonic- a vitamin liquid that will increase her appetite, even though the other vet had given me Nutri-Cal a thick vitamin supplement which also helped her weather this illness. Surely, my baby would be dead by now if I had not insisted that she was going to eat, even if I had to force feed her, which I did.
The vet said whatever works on the baby food meat, since she would not chew.
So, thanks to the members that told me to keep hand feeding her, and to go to the baby food meat- she is on the road to recovery. I did not tell the vet that I had been treating her homeopathically for the 17 days and that I believe that this is why she was doing as well as she was.
post #2 of 13
Good for you on your persistence and commitment to your baby. I hope she continues to improve. I've also not mentionned homeopathic treatments to some vets...it depends on the vet. My friend has just introduced me to a practicing homeopathic vet...so maybe times are changing!

Continued good vibes for your baby!
post #3 of 13
a good health prayer is being said for your baby. Its a very scary feeling when your pets get sick but even more frightening when you can't find out whats wrong with them. I hope your baby makes a full recovery. Keep us posted and thanks for the info.
post #4 of 13
It is very difficult to know when to force feed and when not to - sometimes it can do damage. But I have always started force feeding after 24 hours of not eating unless htere seems a good reason not to. If they vomit it up then one should stop and get to a vet asap. And certainly if I had not then both Dushka and Persil would not still be with me. Good luck with your baby - I hope she is better soon.
post #5 of 13
I do hope your kitty is indeed on the road to recovery. I'd like to share a few ideas on force-feeding her, if I may.
Baby food is easy to get into a cat, but moist cat food is fairly easy to feed, too. You can pick up small bits with your fingers & push them far back in the throat. You can also use a syringe that's made for liquid medicine; cut the tip off to make it easier for the food to come out. You can take the plunger out & fill the barrel of the syringe with food ( a table knife or popsicle stick works well for this), replace the plunger & you're set. The best syringe I found was at a drugstore, held just over 30cc, and had a barrel about as big around as my thumb. You just need to find one with a big enough tip for the food to come out easily.
Your kitty really needs more than a couple of TBS of food a day. I recently lost a kitty to liver disease; he didn't eat for 7 weeks. I was told by the vet to feed him 4 times a day & that I couldn't feed him too much, since the only food he was getting down was what I forced into him. I gave him at least 1 5.5oz. can of food daily, sometimes mixing it with baby food.
Please try to get a little more food into your baby, and best of luck with her.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by libby74
I do hope your kitty is indeed on the road to recovery. I'd like to share a few ideas on force-feeding her, if I may.
Baby food is easy to get into a cat, but moist cat food is fairly easy to feed, too. You can pick up small bits with your fingers & push them far back in the throat. You can also use a syringe that's made for liquid medicine; cut the tip off to make it easier for the food to come out. You can take the plunger out & fill the barrel of the syringe with food ( a table knife or popsicle stick works well for this), replace the plunger & you're set. The best syringe I found was at a drugstore, held just over 30cc, and had a barrel about as big around as my thumb. You just need to find one with a big enough tip for the food to come out easily.
Your kitty really needs more than a couple of TBS of food a day. I recently lost a kitty to liver disease; he didn't eat for 7 weeks. I was told by the vet to feed him 4 times a day & that I couldn't feed him too much, since the only food he was getting down was what I forced into him. I gave him at least 1 5.5oz. can of food daily, sometimes mixing it with baby food.
Please try to get a little more food into your baby, and best of luck with her.
Just to add to Libby's note - feed from the side of the mouth so you don't cause them to choke.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thank you for your prayers for little Satya. She is still about the same and I keep hoping that any day now she will begin eating on her own.

May God Bless,
Catharine
post #8 of 13
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Thank you for your message of support. Yes, if she was unable to keep the food down then I would have to return to the vet, but so far she is still the same. Not eating on her own yet, but I am hopeful that soon she will return to normal. Have you ever heard of a cat virus like this before?
Catharine
post #9 of 13
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Hi Libby:
Thank your for your message and suggestions for feeding Satya! I try to get more food down her. Have you ever heard of a cat virus like this before? Also, this morning pus started forming in one of her eyes. I put one drop of castor oil in the eye, as this is a homeopathic remedy when there is infection in the eye. Homeopathically, it means that the infection in her body is leaving via the eyes or any opening. This must have been the entry into her system as well.
May God Bless,
Catharine
post #10 of 13
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Hi Papa:
Thank you for your message. Yes, I have been feeding her from the side of her mouth and she does try to chew the food a little. All canned cat food is balled up and spit out, as she learned quickly to do this. So, now I am mixing a small amount of canned cat food in the baby food meat puree and then feeding to the side of her mouth with the popsickle stick. This method I am getting about 2 tbs down her in the morning and 2 tbs at night.
Have you ever heard of a cat virus like this before?
May God Bless,
Catharine
post #11 of 13
Catherine, I've never heard of a virus like this; hopefully you have a good vet that knows what he's doing. Is Satya on any sort of medication?
I know it's hard to get food into a sick kitty, but I honestly don't think 4TBS of food daily is enough. As I stated in an earlier post, my vet told me that I couldn't feed my sick cat too much or too often, as long as he could keep it down. When Bob (my cat that died of liver disease recently) first became sick, I was feeding him 3x daily, about 40cc at a time. In 1 week, he lost 8/10 of a pound! I bumped his feeding to 4x daily, 60cc each time. He didn't lose any more weight, but he didn't gain, either.
Also, are you giving Satya IV fluids at home? If she isn't drinking on her own, she is going to become severely dehydrated. Bob was getting 200cc of fluid under the skin every day. I just don't know if you can get enough fluid into her with a dropper to keep her hydrated.
I would keep a close watch on her eye.
I'm not trying to sound like a know-it-all, but I've nursed 2 cats with 2 fatal diseases in the past 6 months & I've learned a lot about maintaining their weight & hydration (we lost Bob to idiopathic liver disease & Belle to CRF). I don't want you to go thru what I've been thru; please try to get more food & liquids into Satya. Without enough of both, you could progress into liver &/or kidney problems. (btw, what a pretty name!)
Best of luck,
Libby
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hi Libby:
Thanks for your email back on Satya. I will do as you say and give her more food and water. Interestingly the vet said she was hydrated and her gums looked good and that 2 tbs her day was enough for her to live on until her appetite returned! Satya [in Hindu means beloved]
Do you have any suggestions for something for her eye? If not I will call the vet tomorrow and pick up some eye ointment.
Catharine
post #13 of 13
Catherine,
Any time one of my kitties has an eye discharge I use an ointment from the vet. I don't know if this could be a result of Satya's viral infection, or something new to worry about. I'd definitely call the vet tomorrow, and take her for a quick once-over if you can manage it. I don't think I'd use the castor oil again until after you've checked with the vet. I've used lots of herbal/ homeopathic treatments on my kitties, but always let the vet know what I'm using, just in case.
An easy way to tell if she's hydrated--gently pinch the skin between her shoulder blades & pull up. If the skin springs back to normal quickly, she's probably doing ok. If the skin stays in a little peak & slowly settles back down she needs more fluids.
Sending healing vibes to Satya, and good wishes to you.
Libby
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