Assist feeding is key to helping any sick kitty. Cats that don't feel well
don't eat. The less a cat eats the less they want to eat. It is a vicious
I prefer assist feeding vs force feeding. It is a state of mind. You are
assisting your beloved kitty to eat to give you both time to treat the current
illness. If you are syringe feeding, many of the meds can be mixed into the
food you syringe. Here is the link to the Yahoo Assist Feeding group.
One of the files you receive when joining is on how to safely syringe feed.
Read that one if you don't read anything else.
Any pate style canned food can be syringe feed by blending it with a little
liquid until it is the consistency of a thick milk shake. Gently warming the
food make it easier to syringe feed.
Dehydration can be caused by the illness, a fever, diarrhea, etc. It is
critical to maintain adequate hydration in a kitty and is easy to do with Sub Q
fluids. I've done it by myself for my CRF and FeLV kitties. This link was my
bible for giving sub q fluids.
Sophia Gets Her Subcutaneous (Sub Q) Fluids
You will need an Rx from your vet for the fluids and IV sets. Some states
require a Rx for the needles. I order the fluids by the case though my local
pharmacy and buy the IV sets and needles on line.
I might not be able to cure the FeLV but I can make sure my kitties receive
adequate nutrition and fluids.
--- On Mon, 9/7/09, jbero tds.net jb...@tds.net wrote:
From: jbero tds.net jb...@tds.net
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] (no subject)
Date: Monday, September 7, 2009, 1:14 PM
Hi, this is Jenny. I tried calling but you weren't
home. Maybe you will
get this first.
There's a couple of issues here. Number one depending
on how anemic he is,
I would likely do a blood transfusion simply to buy him
enough time for the
injection to work. Please know that I am still
waiting to see if the
injection will truely work for Autumn. I am
optimistic but don't know for
As for the more immediate issues. The fever may be
due to an infection,
possible upper respiratory, urinary tract or the dreaded
These would require antibiotic treatment. The fever
may, however, be due to
a dehydrated state. If he is not eating and drinking
you will have to force
feed and/or give subcutaneous fluid. If nothing else
you can take pedialyte
in a syringe (no needles) and give it to him. This at
glucose and electrolytes temporarily. A/D food is the
best for force
feeding. I would steer away from baby food as many of
them can worsen the
anemia. I have tried mixing pedialyte with a soft
canned food (helps get
the food into and out of the syringe and provides more
fluid). Here's the
challenge - you want to get in at least around 90-100 mL a
day and you don't
want them to throw up. This is tough, but it should
get through until
I think it is important to say that I generally have not
done the force
feeding and blood transfusions before because this is a
fatal virus that
always ends the same. Now, however, with the
possibility of this Imulan
shot working, there may be hope. It may be a long
shot, but I'm willing to
It is a lot of intensive care that requires subcutaneous
forced feedings, possibly antibiotics and a lot of
patience, love and
prayer. Let me know if I can help further.
On 9/6/09, S. Jewell ssjew...@bellsouth.net
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