Bob - it is so painful to hear what you are going through. I am so sorry. But
Jelly does know you love him. Trust in that.
With respect to the syringe feedings, I usually use a 3 cc syringe. I start by
just trying to get a full syringe down in one sitting - little by little. My
feeling is that, though I want to do it little by little, I still want to try
to get at least 1/2 to 1 cc into the back of the mouth each time. That reduces
the number of times of having to pry open the mouth and get the food in. If you
are using baby food, I don’t water it down much or at all because the
consistency will allow you to put it safely at the back of the throat without
being concerned that it will trickle down the throat and cause choking or
liquid in the lungs, etc. I will quickly squirt 1/2 to 1 cc at the back of the
throat, hold the mouth closed for a few seconds and usually this results in
swallowing. I can usually get in a full syringe this way in a very short period
of time, thus minimizing the stress on the cat. If the food goes down fairly
well, I will gauge if I should try a second or a third syringe. I try to do
this 2 to 3 times a day, depending again on how much I am able to get in at a
go. My philosophy is that I would rather bother them for a longer period of
time each feeding, and try to go for 2 or 3 syringes, because this results in
less numbers of times to harass them over the course of the day.
With respect to the Winstrol and Prednisolone, these will not just help
regarding the anemia but may assist in drawing away fluid from the lungs.
Prednisone helps deal with inflammation.
I know you are doing your best for Jelly and we all know what you are going
From: Felvtalk [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of ROBERT
Sent: April-06-17 7:14 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Syringe Feeding
For folks who have Syringe Fed cats...
How much do you " force" at each feeding when a cat shows little interest in
even swallowing that which you manage to get into his mouth... Jelly fights
it tooth and nail... I am WAY behind in his caloric needs because he fights
so vehemently now about taking meds or being fed that I feel that it is hurting
more than helping.... I was using AD with High Density calorie paste but he
doesn't like it at ALL so I am now using bits of baby food and alternating with
KMR Kitten Milk and literally forcing him to swallow a couple of oz's...which
is also far too little...... He still drinks water on his own and is urinating
a large amount... for all I know at this point his Kidneys could be shutting
He is lethargic enough at this point that I am 75% sure that I will put him
down before the weekend is out... If he were just battling anemia I'd have
more hope for the Win/Pred/Doxy combo but with the tumor I'm feeling I might
not be doing him any favors.... Admittedly... it was only a couple of months
back that I watched my other little boy fade away at home over the course of a
couple of months but HE was eating at least.... Mostly... I don't think " I "
can take much more of watching my lovely boy die... Every day I'm here living
my life around trying to get him to eat.. watching that he doesn't eat cement
or other detritus ( Pica r/t anemia) putting food in a thousand places so that
if he IS inclined at one moment TO eat there will be something near at hand TO
eat and getting more and more depressed with each passing day at the lack of
response..... This damnable disease!!! 6 short weeks ago he passed his
wellness exam with flying colors.... They can be claimed in a heartbeat.
I don't know that I will take in another FeLV cat unless I can find a damn vet
that will work WITH ME and give a dying cat a fighting chance....... I can't
take this amount of sadness again for at least several months...
> Date: Thu, 06 Apr 2017 02:19:39 +0000
> From: Sheri Burbridge To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" Subject: Re:
> [Felvtalk] New FELV mom
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> I've struggled with Mo since he came home, literally, the only thing
> he will eat on his own is the Temptations treats. I count them so I
> know he's gotten more than his basic needs every day but he's never
> bowled us over with his appetite, even on mirzapine (definitely
> misspelled that). He will lick the gel off his feet still, I feel
> lucky to have found anything he likes but a bit stuck as he won't try
> anything else!
> On Wed, Apr 5, 2017, 5:30 PM Amani Oakley wrote:
>> Good luck Sheri. I understand all too well the reluctance to add
>> stress by syringe feeding, but I think that the ?gas in the engine?
>> is also dependent on getting in those calories. I rely on baby food.
>> I find that it is usually palatable enough that you can usually
>> syringe a wee bit of it on their lips or just inside their lips ? if
>> they sit or lie down beside you or in your lap (my preferred
>> position), and they will lick at what is in or on their mouth. I
>> think this helps to stimulate their appetite. The Winstrol will often
>> also help improve appetite, strength and a sense of feeling better so
>> that they want to eat a bit more.
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