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Starla's mom
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From:Okla. City, Ok., USA
Registered: Mar 2004

posted 03-05-2004 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Starla's mom     Edit/Delete Message
I adopted a 2 year old FIV+ cat from a local shelter last month. She had been in the shelter for 9 months in the "sick" room even though she had never been sick. I had her for 10 days when we went to the vet for a "well kitty" check. She gave her a steroid shot for itching and 3 days later Starla came down with a terrible upper respiratory infection. She was eating very well until about 5 days into the illness when she could no longer smell her food. We were making daily trips to the vet for antibiotic injections and sub Q fluids. After not eating for 4 days I began force feeding her. She became very upset and would vomit it up. I stopped that because the stress was awful for her. As of 5 days ago her infection is completely gone and she is back to being her usual lovable self and she is drinking lots of water and has slowly started nibbling her way back. How long should I expect it to take her appetite to return to normal? It seems that this kitty she just needed us to back off and quit forcing her. She is eating about 1/3 cup of dry food every 24 hours. She WILL NOT eat anything canned or baby food. Should I be concerned about the small amount she is eating or thrilled that she is eating on her own after 10 days of no food?

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MaryNH
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From:Campton, NH USA
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posted 03-05-2004 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MaryNH     Edit/Delete Message
have you tried to entice her with tuna juice (not a long-term solution) or another good temptation is KFC chicken - lots of rescue people use that to entice cats into traps

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Yahdah
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From:Sydney,NSW,Australia
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posted 03-05-2004 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yahdah     Edit/Delete Message
i would avoid KFC but agree with COOKED CHICKEN, NO SPICES, this can upset their tummy resulting in diarrhoea, not good for a kitten in recovery.

Cooked chicken, slightly warmed to make it more smelly should help.
Try offering raw meats, (no pork) she may like it, (raw beef strips or chunks, or minced ) even some raw chicken.....

will she drink milk ? NOT COWS milk, Im thinking of kitten replacement milk, this has good nutrients in it. At least she will be getting some goodness in her system until her appetite returns to normal.

After not eating for such a long time I would say her stomach has shrunk so it will be a slow gradual process to get her to eat the amount what she would normally eat.

If you can get hold of some NUTRIGEL or the equivalent from the vet, and smear it on her arms/paws. she should lick it off, it is a great source of energy and nutrients for recovering animals.

good luck

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Starla's mom
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From:Okla. City, Ok., USA
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posted 03-06-2004 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Starla's mom     Edit/Delete Message
I just wanted to say thanks to those who had suggestions for Starla. I did try some baked chicken and she nibbled a little at it. Last night she ate over 1/2 cup of her dry food and seems like a much happier kitty today! I think all she needed was a little space. Thanks again!

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fleafly
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From:sheridan, wy
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posted 03-07-2004 08:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
Just make sure she is eating or give her nutrical if you have to. Cats can develop hepatic lipidosis, a life threatening liver condition, from not eating for 3-5 days.

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