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So my 14 year old cat who has kidney problems decided a few days ago not to eat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/worried.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":worried:"> She went to the vet yesterday & is now on fluids 2x a day along w/ appetite booster pills. This is not fun but I fear what may happen if she doesn't start eating. As a vegetarian I had to buy some canned salmon since I don't have any any animal products she may enjoy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"> She at least drank the salmon juice. *Sigh*<br><br><br><br><br><br><span style="font-family:Georgia;"><b>Please see my last post</b></span>
 

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<b><span>hehe<br><br>
cute <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
any pics of her?<br><br><br><br>
good luck again..</span></b>
 

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Well still no solid foods but she is actually drinking oat milk-how odd but it's working.<br><br><br><br>
You can check out her profile on catster here:<br><br><a href="http://www.catster.com/pet_page.php?j=t&i=191160" target="_blank">http://www.catster.com/pet_page.php?j=t&i=191160</a>
 

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<b><span>aww<br><br>
she's sweet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
glad to hear about the oat-milk working</span></b>
 

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Ask your vet for some a/d. This is a tinned food designed for animals who are too sick to eat. If she still won't eat, then grab a syringe and forcefeed her.<br><br><br><br>
I assume she is on meds? Fortekor?
 

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Well still no solid foods but she is actually drinking oat milk-how odd but it's working.<br><br><br><br>
You can check out her profile on catster here:<br><br><a href="http://www.catster.com/pet_page.php?j=t&i=191160" target="_blank">http://www.catster.com/pet_page.php?j=t&i=191160</a></div>
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I just saw her pics, she is a beautiful cat!<br><br><br><br>
oat milk? that is strange! Glad she is drinking it though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:">
 

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Ask your vet for some a/d. This is a tinned food designed for animals who are too sick to eat. If she still won't eat, then grab a syringe and forcefeed her.<br><br><br><br>
I assume she is on meds? Fortekor?</div>
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She is on meds & normally eating presciption diet food.<br><br>
Can you forcefeed an animal?
 

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Of course you can! It's very simple. Just get a couple of syringes from your vet. Fill it with food, force the cat's mouth open, and squirt it on the top of her mouth. Usually, we try to get down at least 10cc (ml) at a time, about 4-5 times daily.<br><br><br><br>
It's messy, but it's really easy once you get the hang of it.
 

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Well she seems to be drinking less, the salmon juice & oat milk aren't appealing to her anymore either. I feel totally helpless.
 

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She needs to go back to the vet then and be put on IV fluids. She is probably severely dehydrated by now. Most likely she will have to be hospitalized for a few days, and have her blood values monitored on a daily basis to keep an eye on her kidney function.<br><br><br><br>
Her medication may need to be adjusted depending on what her blood results come back like. Feel free to pm me if you have any further questions.
 

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Yeah I figured as much, I jst fear her going in & not getting better. Is there any kitty kidney specialists?
 

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I'm starting to force feed my kitty who stopped eating possibly due to an infection or anemia. She also has kidney disease and has been fine for like 18 months with kidney disease. Go to <a href="http://www.felinecrf.com" target="_blank">http://www.felinecrf.com</a> for lots of info on kidney disease and how it can be managed. They also have info on support groups and how to buy fluids/ needles for waaaaaay cheaper than from your vet.<br><br><br><br>
As for the force feeding, I've only done it a couple of times yet, but by the second time, I've gotten much better. I wrap the cat in a towel so her arms can't get out. I have a container of finely pureed cat food that I warm and fill a 10 ml syringe with. Practice forcing the food out of the syringe so you know how much pressure is needed or you'll squirt it all over your cat's face. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I have to do this by myself, so if you have another human, it's much easier. But yes, it's messy.<br><br><br><br>
I try to just get the tip in the side of her mouth. I don't try to open her mouth as much as with giving pills. once it's in her mouth she swallows. Another thing my mom had to do at her work was just use a pill gun (a stick that will shoot a pill into their mouth) to put little pieces of dry food into an angry cat's mouth. (His name was Killer.) A lot of these techniques are very frustrating when you first start, but they have a short learning curve. For example, I can give my cat her fluids by myself now.<br><br><br><br>
ETA- I hope the best for your kitty. I am going through the same frustrations right now, but my cat is almost 21, so it's a little different. I think at 14, there is a lot you can do to get many good years of happiness with your cat.<br><br><br><br>
I also recommend this book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2F0451207882%2Fsr%3D8-1%2Fqid%3D1151676237%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_1%2F103-3927318-8000631%3Fie%3DUTF8" target="_blank">Complete Care for Your Aging Cat</a>. I've seen it at most book stores. It includes many very inspiring stories about sick cats that got better, but it makes sure to include the human frustrations involved. It can be very emotionally draining when you feel hopeless or like your cat is avoiding you because you keep giving it medicine.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:"> X10.<br><br><br><br>
Hope she does better soon.
 

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If you start giving your cat fluids, here is a site I found good for inspiration-<br><br><a href="http://www.weirdstuffwemake.com/weird/stuff/pets/cats/sophia/catjuice.html" target="_blank">http://www.weirdstuffwemake.com/weir.../catjuice.html</a>
 

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nkace, I sincerely hope you have taken your cat to the vet by now.<br><br><br><br>
The longer you wait before seeking professional help, the more likely it is that your cat will die. She already has kidney problems. If she goes without eating much longer, she will die.<br><br><br><br>
I'm not trying to be mean. I see cases like this every week. Renal failure is very common in cats. With proper treatment and supervision, they can lead long healthy lives. But when owners wait too long, there is usually no amount of fluid therapy and forcefeeding that can bring them back.
 
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