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Answer sick cat/forcefeedPlease don't force feed your cat....take it to a vet for a check up, it may have a serious health problem. By forcing it to eat, you may harm it more in the long run. I love animals and the Vet is the best place for a sick pet.

Usually this extreme a change in behavior means that the cat needs help.

Not eating or drinking is a sign that the cat does not feel well. The vet can also show you kinder ways to hydrate the cat, if needed.

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What is a "kinder" way to hydrate a cat?

We have the same problem. We took our cat to the "animal hospital" after he stopped eating and became lethargic over an approximate two week period. After over $1300, the vet found nothing to help. When any cat stops eating, their liver becomes inflamed and could shut down because all it is processing is the stored fat. So again, after $1300, lots of tests including x-rays, berium tests, ultrasound, some antibiotics and some tube feeding & hydration, all we know is the cat has an inflamed liver; and even the vet couln't get him to eat or drink.

The doctor then recommended a liver biopsy and maybe exploratory surgery. I said enough is enough because my budget was already over its limit. I told the vet just let me treat him with whatever meds might make him get better with what we know.

Two days ago, we brought the cat home with a antibiotic for his liver, a steroid (prednisone) , a liver supplement, and tagamint (in case it's his throat or intestine preventing his hunger). I've been forcefeeding him now for two days. This morning the cat started eating and drinking a small amount on his own; the first time in over a week.

Hopefully, he'll snap out of whatever it was that made him stop eating in the first place. I personally think forcefeeding will work for us.

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10/10 You asked about a kinder way ... I've been researching the same thing.

See "How to Give a Cat Subcutaneous Fluids at Home" on YouTube.

As for my own kitty, at this time, I was not able to pick up the IV from my vet, as the doc was in emergency surgery. They did provide a syringe, and I also want to know how much should I attempt to feed my cat (both water and/or food) in quantity and number of times per day. He's a small cat of 19, so I don't want to overdo it. He hasn't eaten in 2-3 days, but got IVed fluids at the vet yesterday, but won't drink by himself today. Same as you, aside from old age, vet couldn't pinpoint anything specifically "wrong". I think it's the flu, but maybe I'm deluding myself ... But I won't give him up without a fight ...

2010-10-07 19:12:27
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