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 Sharyl --- 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: email@example.com > 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. _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org