Ah Diane it's not that bad.  You will end up wearing some of the food.  I have 
feeding t-shirts for that purpose.  LOL  Now finger feeding is pretty messy.

Short term a meat baby food (no onions or garlic) is a good food to use.  It is 
easily syringed, doesn't need to be diluted and many cats like it.  Mine love 
Gerber 2 Chicken and Gravy which has 100 calories per jar. 

A/D is actually pretty high in fat but again should be easily syringed without 
diluting it with a liquid.  Any pate style canned food is syringe-able if you 
blend the dickens out of it and add a little liquid.  Some will have hard lumps 
so you may need to put the food through a metal sieve.

What is critical is you get some kind of food into her.  A sick kitty generally 
needs more calories than a healthy kitty.  She will need food to have the 
energy to fight whatever the problem is.
Hugs to Darcy

--- On Sat, 5/30/09, Diane Rosenfeldt <drosenfe...@wi.rr.com> wrote:

> From: Diane Rosenfeldt <drosenfe...@wi.rr.com>
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] assist-feeding: was re: Darcy
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Date: Saturday, May 30, 2009, 1:46 PM
> LOL, keeping in mind who DOES have
> the claws, the best thing to do is
> probably wrap a large expendable towel around the cat,
> including the paws
> (they don't like this!) with only the head showing. 
> In a pinch, use Gerber
> 2nd Foods baby meats (or puree your own baked meats and
> cooking juices!),
> although the force-food of choice is A/D food from the
> vet.  A/D is high in
> protein, lower in fat, which is what you need for a cat
> that hasn't been
> eating for a while.  The danger is always hepatic
> lipidosis (fatty liver
> disease) in which the liver becomes overwhelmed trying to
> process stored
> body fat due to the cat not eating.  So your best goal
> is to get food in
> that won't tax the liver even more with high fat content,
> but the more
> immediate goal is to get calories into the cat.  You
> can water down the A/D
> or the baby food until it can be syringed, or you can spoon
> or finger feed
> as Kerry describes.  Idea being to get the food beyond
> the point where the
> cat has the option to turn away from it., Heating stuff
> enhances its odor --
> which in the case of the A/D may put YOU off your food for
> a bit.  Two
> people is the best way to do an assisted feed, but one
> person is doable if
> you've got fingers that are good at multitasking.  You
> and the cat will both
> end up wearing about as much of the food as has gone into
> him -- absolutely
> no different from feeding a baby except that the
> airplane/hangar ploy never
> works on a cat, and I would strongly discourage trying to
> burp him.
> Diane R.


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