If he doesn't eat it immediately let it warm (naturally) to room temperature then put a small amount on a paw...don't force it into his mouth. Dixie prefers sheep or goat yogurt but it is difficult to get here. I don't know what options you have.
On Feb 14, 2008, at 6:07 PM, Lynne wrote:

OK, gonna get some yogurt.
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From: Marylyn
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2008 7:02 PM
Subject: Re: the good stories

Have his throat and teeth checked. And try a good, organic yogurt....full fat, plain. Dixie had some gum/teeth issues that have cleared up.the doxy should help if that is an issue.
On Feb 14, 2008, at 3:22 PM, Lynne wrote:

Diane, my husband slightly warms his food since it's kept in the fridge. I know how important it is for him to eat. I've warned him he'll have a feeding tube put in if he doesn't smarten up. To make it worse, he only wants my husband or "Mister" to feed him. Boo and I will be sitting on the bed and if he hears one sound downstairs he stands, does his strange little meow and waits for Bob to come up. He wants food but then won't eat it. Maybe the vet has some experience with picky cats.

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From: Rosenfeldt, Diane
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2008 4:15 PM
Subject: RE: the good stories

I'm glad your vet is flexible and willing to help. If BooBoo's snifflies can get cleared up, I know his appetite will improve. They don't want stuff they can't smell. Have you tried heating his food so it's stinkier? You may run out of the kitchen gagging, but he'll think it's great. As I'm sure you know, making sure kitties keep eating, no matter what their FeLV status, is paramount. We've been through 3 separate instances of fatty liver disease, which is the end result of insufficient eating, and I can tell you we are ever-vigilant to make sure everybody is eating.

Diane R.

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Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2008 2:53 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: the good stories

Thank you all for sharing these uplifting stories. I'm tempted to print them out and show to my vet. I called his office this morning and asked the assistant if I could possibly fax a list of questions and suggestions regarding BooBoo's care and then come in to talk to him. Well he called me back at work and thanked me for doing that and even mentioned how "intelligent" and "informed" I was. I told him I had been doing a lot of reading and all these suggestions came from this group. I thought he might laugh at it but he was very impressed. He is totally in agreement about the course of Doxycycline and said tonight we'd sit down and discuss the use of Interferon. I know it is going to cost us a fortune, everything does over here, but just by chance my dad gave me a thousand dollars for my birthday so that will certainly help. He did mention that they do transfuse animals but the same problem would surface in time and it can be dangerous anyway. Not even going to consider that one.

So that's where we stand. He needs to be checked tonight for his breathing and runny nose and come up with some way to get him to eat more. Nothing I've offered him seems to meet his approval.

Talk to you all later.
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