Both Lee and Katherine have given good advice for assist feeding on a regular basis. Feeding a sick cat can be tricky. You don't want to _force_ it, because this has to happen again and again. You want to get nutrition in without stress. Hill's a/d is a good choice, as is Eukanuba MaxCal, both prescription, and your Vet should have at least one. If not, get an all meat baby food, without onion. That will do fine on a temporary basis, and if even that's not available, get the finest grained pate type food, and if you can, blend it with water until it's as smooth as you can get it. Whatever the food, it should be the consistency of thick cream. I keep it in a little plastic container with a top, and use what I need each feeding. Refrigerate in between, and reheat in a bowl if very warm water when needed again. In this case, I wouldn't be concerned with getting much into your girl at a time. 1/2 a can would be great for the day initially, but anything is better than nothing, and can help prevent hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease) from not eating. Lee's description of how to do this, and how important it is to keep them clean is spot on. Rather than trying to get a certain amount in her at a sitting, I'd work first on getting her to accept tiny amounts. I use a 5 cc syringe because it's short and gives me the best control, but whatever you're comfortable with will work, as long as it has a slip tip. I gave Gribble only about 1/2 cc at a time, and sometimes we only got one or two in before he started to struggle. We quit when he did, and tried again in an hour. Gribbs eventually became accustomed to the whole process, and we got to two syringes (10 ccs) at a sitting.He never got up to a full can a day, and maybe less than 1/2 on most. He did maintain his weight and after about a week began eating on his own.
I hope you were able to get her hydrated and that she's doing much better,
All the best,
From: "Katherine K."
Sent: Oct 10, 2013 8:46 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fwd: virus has finally caught up with her :-(
I agree with Lee. A few spoonfuls of pate are not enough if she has stopped eating. She should probably be getting about 1 can per day. Hills AD is very soft, I don't even mix it up with water. Ask the vet to give you some syringes that arent too narrow of an opening. I use the 10mL (aka 10cc) ones, fill several up at a time, then just start with the feeding, squirting 1 cc on the side of the tongue at a time. There can be some messy trial and error at first. How is she doing today?