I agree with you that it shouldn't be used as a food replacement if the cat is eating. I just said that it is a good way to get calories, vitamins, minerals, into a totally anorexic cat. It is very hard to get a complete jar of baby food down a cat who is in such poor shape that it's swallow reflex is impared, or is hard to syringe. The high levels of B-complex vitamins in Nutrical can also improve appetite. If you will look, I said it "can be", not it should be a replacement. Again I agree with you that the baby food is also a good idea. Sometimes though, 3cc twice per day is easier to accomplish to get calories, vits, mins,etc

Keep up the good advise.

Karen Griffith.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Sharyl" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2009 10:11 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Wilson and I

I don't want to get into a food fight with Karen but Nutri-Cal should not be used as a replacement for food. Here are the ingredients from Doctors Foster and Smith web site.

Regular Nutri-Cal
Ingredients: Corn Syrup, Soybean Oil, Malt Syrup, Cod Liver Oil, Cane Molasses, Methylcellulose, Water, Gelatin By-products, dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Manganese Sulfate, Iron Peptonate, Thiamine HCl, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate (Source of Calcium and Pantothenic Acid), Magnesium Sulfate, Pyridoxine HCl, Vitamin A Palmitate & D3 supplement, Potassium Iodide (Source of Iodine and Potassium), Riboflavin5, Phosphate Sodium (Source of Vitamin B2 and Phosphorus), Folic Acid and Cyancobalamin (Vitamin B12).

As you can see the primary ingredient is corn oil. A much better choice for short term assistance is meat baby food. A jar of Gerber 2 Chicken and Gravy has 100 calories. Try to work up to 200 calories per day with Wilson. The only way to know for sure if he is getting enough calories is to weigh him regularly on a good digital postal or baby scale. Most pate style canned foods can be blended with a little liquid and are easily syringed. My Pequita, CRF, prefers her food offered on a baby spoon. She wont eat off her plate but I am able to maintain her body wt. by offering her food several times per day on her baby spoon. Each kitty is unique. You just need to find the feeding method that works best for Wilson. May kitties will start eating on their own again once they feel better.

--- On Fri, 4/24/09, Karen Griffith <> wrote:

From: Karen Griffith <>
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Wilson and I
Date: Friday, April 24, 2009, 2:58 AM

It is great that you are getting some food down him.
You can also syringe feed Nutrical (can get from your vet or
order online, but vet would be best bet due to delay for
shipping), though they usually lap it up themselves if they
are not in too bad of shape. About 3cc twice/day will
do wonders, and can be used for a total food replacement in
totally anorexic cats. The B-complex vitamins in it
will also stimulate appetite. 3cc once/day will do if
they are eating anything at all (10 lb. cat). Since
you are a nurse, you will also easily be able to give him
sub/cutanious fluids. It is important that his fluid
and electrolytes are sufficient. Lactated Ringers are
better than saline, due to the extra electrolytes.
About 100cc/day with an 18 g needle will help. May
need to put it in 2 injection sites. As a rule of
thumb, don't get a bigger bubble of fluids under the skin
that a 10 year old child can cup in their hand.

Wishing you good luck. Sounds like you are making
progress. I just got back in the house, and will be
online for a while longer. You can email me at
if you have questions. I am rural as well and on dial
up. If I receive your email, I can go off-line and
give you a call.

Karen Griffith

----- Original Message ----- From: "Judy Eaton" <>
To: "Feline leukemia" <>
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2009 1:35 AM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Wilson and I

> Hi,
> Thanks for all your comments, especially about
feeding. We had guests over for dinner tonight and I
couldn't wait until they left so I could get to my
computer..after I began syringe feeding Wilson. Both of us
quit after about 20 ccs of cat food, but I then got on the
assisted feeding site and was encouraged. Wilson actually
was swallowing the syringed food rather gratefully, as long
as I didn't push it too fast. My husband helped keep both me
and the cat calm!
> So we are starting on a new thing here.
> Sympathy to Sharyl on the loss of Houdini...and thanks
for the extra emphasis on the feeding that got me into real
action. I am used to dealing with people who won't eat, not
cats, and had no idea that no food for a short time can be
> Judy and Wilson

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