Using a feeding syringe (3cc syringe) is better than stuffing pate in her 
mouth. You have to blend the pate with some soup (not with onion though) until 
it's like very thick cream and give her about a half syringe at a time. Towel 
on lap, tissue box nearby at hand, cat on lap, soft loving talk to cat, syringe 
at corner of mouth is how I syringe feed my cats during illness. Be sure to 
wipe her mouth frequently and do the feeding slowly. It may take almost a half 
hour but if you do it with loving murmurs, she will feel that she is spending 
quality time with you instead of having food stuffed into her mouth. Feeding 
tubes are invasive and uncomfortable for cats and should be a last resort. I 
usually use Hills A/D as it's a very soft pate made for syringe feeding ill 
cats. You buy it at the vet clinic. Get about 5 cans as you will be throwing 
away left overs that have already been blended. Try to get a half a can at a 
time into her. Once you syringe feed for
 a short time, their regular appetite takes over. Also, I would recommend you 
ask your vet about a antibiotic injection instead of pills or liquid.

On Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:01 AM, Margo <> 
>>Hi Jennifer,
>>                       Well, I think she will need some help. I am surprised 
>>that a Vet allowed a dehydrated cat to leave without doing something about 
>>it, so I'd call and ask why. It's good that she is drinking, but it is 
>>impossible to correct clinical dehydration orally, she must have either IV or 
>>sub-q fluids. That alone MAY be enough (combined with the B-12) to start her 
>>eating again, it can be miraculous. If you don't want to try the Clavamox, 
>>then take her (what is her name?) in and request sub-q fluids (and have them 
>>show you how to do it at home) and ask about Convenia, a long-lasting 
>>injectable antibiotic. I don't generally recommend it, but it's better than 
>>nothing, and less stressful for both of you. Explain that medicating orally 
>>seems too stressful. You could ask about appetite stimulants, but they need 
>>to be given by mouth as well, so maybe you don't want to try. 
>>                       Much depends on how far you want to go. Sub-q's and 
>>assist feedings aren't difficult to do, but you may not have the time to give 
>>to this. I would say, even if you decide not to continue long-term care, get 
>>to the Vet (or another of you don't want to go back there) TODAY for sub-q or 
>>IV fluids, and see if that helps.. If you have to work, most Vets will allow 
>>                       Please help her by getting the dehydration resolved. 
>>She feels totally lousy, and of course doesn't want to eat, or move. At least 
>>she will feel better, and that's critical, whatever course you elect to 
>>All the best,
>>-----Original Message----- 
>>From: Jennifer Ballew 
>>Sent: Oct 9, 2013 9:40 PM 
>>To: felvtalk 
>>Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fwd: virus has finally caught up with her :-(  
>>They took her temp yesterday and no fever.  She's not showing any outward 
>>signs of infection, so that's good I guess.  I'm just wondering if she's 
>>going to be able to pull out of this.  :-(
>>On Oct 9, 2013 8:27 PM, "moonsister22" <> wrote:
>>Regular cats can also have those symptoms. The B12 shot is good. Does she 
>>have a fever? Many doctors completely neglect the simple task of taking the 
>>cat's temperature. An antibiotic injection might be of benefit. My hard and 
>>fast rule is to think "simple" first. My FIV positive cat had a lump on his 
>>back. It was diagnosed as probably a malignant tumor. I suggested it was a 
>>non-malignant fatty tumor. Three years later Mr. Snowy is still fat and going 
>>strong and the tumor has absorbed. Maybe it's luck and they will use up the 
>>last of their nine lives eventually but until then start off simple but 
>>cautious and do always take to vet but listen with both ears open and your 
>>brain cells on high alert.
>>>Hugs and blessings to you and the fur kids.
>>>Sent from my iPod
>>>On Oct 9, 2013, at 3:48 PM, Jennifer Ballew <> wrote:
>>>> Hey all-
>>>> This is the first time I have posted to the forum.  I have two FeLV 
>>>> positive cats, one two and one three years old.  The older cat has never 
>>>> had any issues with illness whatsoever, but the younger has only recently 
>>>> started showing signs that her illness has caught up with her.  Just 
>>>> within the last few days she has become very lethargic, stopped eating 
>>>> (and only drinks a small amount) and whenever she stands or walks she 
>>>> seems very unsteady and wobbly.  I took her to the vet yesterday; they 
>>>> checked her blood counts which were low and said her kidney enzymes were 
>>>> elevated.  They also said they could hear a heart murmur which is probably 
>>>> related to possibly being dehydrated.  They gave her a B12 shot and I took 
>>>> her home.  I already said if worst came to worst I wouldn't put her 
>>>> through any unnecessary treatments or subject her to any painful 
>>>> procedures and that I would strive only to provide the best supportive 
>>>> care for her while she was alive
 so that she would have the best chances.  I'm just wondering if any of you 
have gone through the same thing and if I can expect her to pull out of this on 
her own, or, if she doesn't, how long she might have left.  I'm sincerely 
heartbroken.  I really thought I had nursed her through the most risky part of 
her illness (kittenhood) and that she would now go on to live a halfway long 
life.  In any case, if anyone has any advice or information I would greatly 
appreciate it.
>>>> Thanks all,
>>>> Jennifer
>>>> --
>>>> "To love is to risk not being loved in return.
>>>> To hope is to risk pain.
>>>> To try is to risk failure,
>>>> But risk must be taken,
>>>> Because the greatest hazard in life
>>>> Is to risk nothing."
>>>> --Leo Buscaglia
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