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posted 02-17-2003 07:37 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Hi there, i have a cat named Jerry and he is very sick.. we went to the vet a few months ago and he told us that he has Renal problems (kidney problems).. he lost alot of weight at the time and they had to keep him for 2 days.. after that treatment he seemed to bounce back.. fast forward to January/February and well he is again on the decline, when i pinch his fur it slowly comes down indicating he is dehydrated.. he drinks out of the sink so we have a sink full of water for him.. he drinks a little but not alot.. also he is not eating well, maybe a few bites and thats it.. all he does now a days is sleep.. and the most disturbing is he is losing alot of weight.. we got him when he was a kitten in 98 so thats around 4 1/2 - 5 years old.. he used to be a very healthy active cat and now he's got Kidney problems.. does anyone know what to do around the house to encourage him to eat and drink more? and i would also like to know if anyone can tell if a cat is in pain... would he moan if he was? i dont want him to be in pain.. any advice or suggestions would be greatly appriciated..

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posted 02-18-2003 08:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
Sorry to hear about your cat....
Have you tried giving him canned food? Canned food is high in moisture and highly palatable to most cats..if he would eat it, it would provide both nutrients and moisture and him not drinking much water would be less of a concern.

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posted 02-18-2003 08:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bellasmommy     Edit/Delete Message
i'm so sorry to hear about your kitty.. it's unfortunate but renal problems and renal failure is quite common with cats.. i'm sorry i don't have any great suggestions.. you can try nutra-cal or a similar supplement to help with the calorie/nutrient deficiency.. i would suggest you talk to your vet and find out any diagnosis/prognosis they may be able to provide you.. i wish you and the cat luck..

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posted 02-19-2003 04:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RottyMommy     Edit/Delete Message
My aunt has a 7 year old going through the exact same situation right now. Her vet suggested giving him something he really likes cat food wise or try mixing people food in with your cats food to entice him to eat. Good luck and keep us posted.

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posted 02-20-2003 01:24 PM           Edit/Delete Message
thanx for the replies, unfortunately he refuses to eat wet food.. he ate it when he was little but i guess took a prefeance to dry food.. we give him food from the vet its a low protein diet because protein is hard on the nephrons..

i have an update though.. we bought a new bag of that food and been enticing him to eat more of the food and it seems like he is eating more and drinking more (although its not conclusive because we never catch him in the act) he is not as groggy anymore and is more active suggesting he is getting some food inside him...

i was wondering if he doesnt eat much at times would i be able to supplement that with milk just so he gets some energy into him? he doesnt seem to be too badly lactose intolerant at all! and he goes crazy at the sight of milk..

what do you guys think?

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