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Hi all,

 

I'm looking for a bit of advice from any cat owners who've experienced this or someone with vetinary knowledge..

 

Our beautiful cat George went into the vets on tuesday with kidney failure. They kept him in on a drip to flush his kidneys out, and he came home yesterday :clap: Now his levels have gone down in his kidneys, we have to feed him special renal food (with medicine on it), a syringe of medicine morning and night and also a tablet with his breakfast. The only trouble we're having is getting him to eat the food :?

George is rather spoilt (oops our fault) and turns his nose up frequently to non labelled food..now he is turning up his nose at the special food he has to have. I'm not sure if it's because it has the medicine on it, but he won't touch it!

Does anyone have any ideas on why he's doing this..is he expecting me to put something better down?! I refuse as he has been given the diet for a reason, but worry as we want him to get stronger and feel a bit better.

 

Will this pass or should I go back and tell the vet?

 

Sorry to babble..it's been a stressful few days..just glad to have him back home :dance:

Any advice gratefully received :0)

 

Thanks

 

Donna

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If it is dry food you could try to moisten it or if it is wet you could try warming it which makes it smell more palatable. Eating something is better than eating nothing when they have been poorly. You could try mixing a bit of his old food with it. There will be a wet or pouched version of his diet so if he has been put on dried he may find the wet more tasty. Whatever you do he needs to keep eating and to keep his fluid intake up if he has been ill.

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:) Thanks for your help..

 

The food is wet, but it has to have two pumps of medicine mixed in with it. He's not allowed any of his old food as the supermarket stuff has high levels of what they are avoiding from his diet in it. I might try warming it up though :)

 

I've just tried giving him his tablet as well, and half an hour on i'm still not having much success..he keeps pushing it out of his mouth with his tongue after a waiting competition with me holding his mouth closed.

 

Aargh! This is frustrating but he needs his meds, the vet said he was also really good at taking his medication..we'll he would be if you're trained to do it! We had to resort to worming drops as he would never take tablets.

 

Donna

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Poor old George :(

 

I was going to suggest moistening dry food too... I do sympathise- it's so frustrating when you need them to eat something that's going to do them good and they won't touch it.

Why not give him a break for an hour and then try heating up the food. Maybe he's just getting stressed and might be more willing when he's more relaxed?

 

Best of luck :pray:

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Quick update....

 

:dance: Wohoo! I went on you tube and someone wrapped their cat in a towel..it worked and no scratching!

 

Also, warmed his food up and he is happily eating away, although may geta dry version of the food for him as he's always been less choosy with that.

 

Phew..stress over for this morning, I can get on with my day!

 

Thanks for your advice, really appreciated. We are really close to George, he's my companion when OH is away, and just want him to feel better.

 

Donna

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horray :D:D:D

 

its realy difficult giving a cat a tablet, if I put mine in a towel she disappears into it, i usually just find her tail stuck out and me wondering where she has gone :lol::lol::lol:

 

there was an amusing thread a while back on how to give a cat a tablet, ill see if I can find it

 

edited to add this ***linky thingy***

 

cathy

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Well done :clap: If you switch him to dried food make sure he drinks plenty. Some cats prefer rain water or filtered tap water. Water fountains can increase water intake too.

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Hi, our cat Max has has kidney disease for the last 7 years so we've had lots of practice trying to get him to eat during that time! Things that have helped with him are:

 

1. adding a little cooked white fish + the water it's cooked in to his special diet (I checked with the vet first who suggested if all else failed I could just feed Max fish but it was better to get the special diet into him if I could) - we use coley which we buy in frozen blocks from the supermarket.

2. warming up his food to make it smell more appealing

3. varying the flavours and brands to give a bit of variety [his main food is Hills k/d tinned food - he doesn't like the pouches - but we also give him Royal Canin renal support pouches as a treat - these come in beef, chicken and tuna flavour + tuna is a particular favourite.

 

Hope all goes really well for your cat and for you.

 

All good wishes, Kate (+ Max the cat!)

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Aw, hope he starts eating soon, I know how frustrating and worrying it is when they won't eat.

I have to give my siamese a tablet every other day. I've found smearing it in marmite helps , it has such a strong flavour that as soon as the tablet touches Boos tounge,he starts licking and swallowing- he's quite funny afterwards, he goes crosseyed while licking at thin air :lol: I suppose it helps if your cat is in the ' I like marmite brigade' :lol:

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Both my eldest cats are in renal failure now. Jaffa, the oldest has, has decided it is much easier just to eat his tablet out of my hand and obviously thinks its some sort of treat as he purrs when I wave it under his nose! he is 19 though and has years on and off with regular tablets that we have had to fight to get down him. My other one is 13 and getting used to having his different tablet every day. he is better now he can see again - didnt like at all when he couldnt see us coming :( but the specialist vet is talking about diet food now. To be honest neither of my oldies would eat it when i got some a few weeks back, but the youngsters all loved it :roll: Its hard though feeding cats separately, especially when the old ones eat litttle and often and I'm not at home. Also I always leave dried food down during hte day so I would have to stop doing that, which would leave all my other cats starving!!! My own vet said it didnt matter too much as long as they were eating whether they were on prescription food or not - he would rather a cat had a good meal of supermarket food than go hungry if it doesnt like the diet food. Each to their own I guess!!

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I'm glad you managed to get a tablet down your cat - one of my cats is an absolute nightmare. He scratched the vet last week when he tried to do it. :roll:

 

I hope your cat improves on the new food.

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My own vet said it didnt matter too much as long as they were eating whether they were on prescription food or not - he would rather a cat had a good meal of supermarket food than go hungry if it doesnt like the diet food.

I would agree, ideally they should have the prescription food but eating something is the most important thing. You can look for lower protein foods if you are feeding supermarket food which is better.

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Hi all,

 

Thank you for the replies..it has made me feel a bit better :)

 

I'm not sure what to make of all this, it feels like an emotional rollercoaster. First thing in the morning he's alert with a pink nose (still being fussy with the food) and as the day goes on he gets less and less interested in anything, and just sleeps. I have to persist with making him drink (his fave is the bathroom tap), but he really is turning his nose up at the food. We're getting a lot of licking lips, and he even approaches the food but then sniffs it and walks away. Yesterday he probably ate one pouch in total in a couple of sittings.

We ordered some dry food that should be here today, lets hope he eats that. We asked the vet if he could have fish/chicken and he has said nothing at all, just the prescription food. George has posh taste (If he had a voice I imagine it is upper class lol, and he loks like puss in boots from shrek)

 

I feel like we've lost the cat we had and are left with a shell. George really does have such a big personality, but I feel like he's in a way given up. All I do is cry, in fact thats what i'm doing now (soft sod!). Even the vet said they're all rooting for him as he is such a lovely cat (must have been flirting while he was in for 2 nights :whistle: ).

 

Is the sleepiness and disinterest to be expected? Are we going to loose him or will he slowly get better? I have no idea what to expect and feel like I have started to grieve already. My OH works away quite a bit so George really is all I have (apart from our 3 cuckie ladies) our families both live away from here. I really am fearing the worst.

 

I feel so sad, and have to go to work with a smile on my face for 81/2 hours and all the time i'm worrying if he's eating/drinking and worse.

 

Donna x

 

Sorry, I feel I need to let it out and get some advice..our pets really do cause us turmoil hey.

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Donna, I'm so sorry it must be so hard if he appears to be giving up.

 

I didn't want to say but we had a cat Sooty when I was a child that was mine, he became ill with kidney failure and my Dad kept going with treatment etc but he did die in the end. My Dad always said that he really regretted keeping on with the treatment as he felt in the end he was keeping him going for us and not for the cat's sake.

 

Do you think he's given up? Its a horrible time and I know that some people on here have had cats live with kidney failure for a long time but perhaps he's had enough. I think sometimes we have to make a hard decision, I know I have had to four times with my pets and it never gets any easier but in the end I think you know that really they're not enjoying life anymore.

 

I hope I haven't upset you further by posting this but I just remember what my Dad always said.

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Hi,

 

I think we'll give him a couple of days and if he hasn't perked up then take him back to the vets..he seems really miserable and sleepy, wasn't sure if the sleepiness was to be expected as it's been a traumatic time for him.

 

Thaks for your honesty, i'll keep you posted :?

 

Donna x

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Thinking of you Donna...

 

It's so hard when they don't seem to be improving. You desperately want them to eat their food, take their medicine & get back to normal! I've been there with three of my cats in the past and it's so hard.

I really hope he manages to pick up. It's clear from what you've said how much you love him- he sounds like a lovely cat & companion.

 

Everything crossed for you from here and sending you hugs.

xx

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Donna, both my oldies will sleep the day and night away!! They go out for a few minutes in the morning and last thing at night bu the rest of the time they sleep! It is part of the natural ageing process in cats and George has had a rough time recently.As long as he is eating and drinking and you can get his medication into him then I would say he hasnt given up yet - he's just slowing down just like us humans do. I have one 13 year old right now curled up with his friend on the sofa, and another 19 year old on top of the radiator. thats where they will stay most of the day! :D Don't give up on him just yet!

 

Oh and if he doesnt et the dried food either I would be going back to that vet saying he wont eat it - do I let him starve or feed him something he would eat!! Yes the prescription diets do help, but to say he can't ever have anything else when he isnt eating at all is not helping IMO. :x

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:) Thanks for the lovely replies

 

He's a bit wibbly on his feet. OH called the vet today and told him that he's not himslef and wobbling when he stands up, good sign is he's had a fair bit to drink and a little dry food today..OH was a bit naughty and tried him with felix marinades (one of his faves-George thast is!) and he ate it straight away. The vet has said his wobbling is probably due to either low blood sugar (hardly any food) or his condition is worsening (Hope it's the first one).

It's just so so sad..I can cope with the sleeping, but he seems a shell of what he was before. Today OH came home and found he had got under the covers in the bed and was sleeping with his head on the pillow..but no meows or the wonderful things he does.

 

I hope that my intuition is completely wrong, as George has many more years of being run around after and being spoilt rotten..we just need to get through this. The hardest thing is going to work and trying not to cry. When you tell people your cat is ill, the response normally given is 'oh', but someone who doesn't have the pleasure of having that company in your life would never know how hurtful it is when bad things happen.

 

Thanks again..omleteers are the best at being understanding about animals :)

 

I'll keep you updated on Georgies progress..please keep fingers and toes crossed for him

 

Donna xx

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Donna - thinking of you and George. Having said that Max has managed 7 years with the disease, yesterday he had his first 'crash' in several years (I should have kept my big mouth firmly shut!), and is currently confined to the bathroom, being fed tiny meals to try and control the nausea. Having been through all this several times with this particular cat I know exactly what you mean by 'emotional roller-coaster' and the distress of the animal not being their usual self.

 

Thinking of you and George, and keeping everything crossed for you both.

 

Take care, Kate

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