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    Question Force feeding a cat
    My poor Gizzmo hasn't been well for years ... faucitis I think is how you spell it. He hasn't been eating well and went he went to the vet for his monthly injection today he has lost about 3 kilos ... about 6lb if my conversion is right ... he was about 8.5 and is now 5.5. She has sent a bag full of special cat food for him and he has to eat 2 tins a day. How am I to get him to eat the stuff ... being a typical cat he won't touch it. I've tried spoon feeding him ... he normally actually likes that but is spitting this stuff out. I did get some into him but I don't know if I can manage the 2 tins a day. Otherwise he'll have to stay at the vet's for a week ... am currently wondering if that would be the best option ... it would cost a fair amount of money but would be well worth it if they can get this stuff into him.

    Anyone got any ideas?

    He is hungry and was eating everything else available ... he just won't touch his special food.




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    Any way to mix it in with the stuff he does eat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Staril

    Anyone got any ideas?

    He is hungry and was eating everything else available ... he just won't touch his special food.
    Poor kitty. Have you tried mixing the special food in with food that he will eat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trust
    Any way to mix it in with the stuff he does eat?
    You were a tad quicker on the draw than I was, Trust.
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    Sorry to hear about your sick kitty. We've been through this with cats before, and the only way to do it is forget the spoon, and put the food on your finger and stick your finger in his mouth. Once you get it in his mouth he should eat it. It's messy and takes time, but it's the only way we've found that works. You may need someone to hold him while you feed him, though. Good luck and hope he does ok.

    I doubt if the vet would want you to mix the special food with "regular" cat food - he probably should not be eating that at this point. I would ask the vet before doing that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meadowmufn
    You were a tad quicker on the draw than I was, Trust.
    We both had good ideas. It's the only way I can think of. Always had dogs growing up, had a cat once and sometimes there would be something they needed to get, like medicine and sometimes they wouldn't take it straight up. So have to mix it in somehow. Or, depending on your pet, have the special food as the only option and sooner or later they're going to get hungry and eat it or not eat at all. Depends on the situation with that one. They might never eat the special food and I would rather them eat something than nothing at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AffiliateHound

    I doubt if the vet would want you to mix the special food with "regular" cat food - he probably should not be eating that at this point. I would ask the vet before doing that.
    Definitely ask the vet. You might want to inquire about how to go about force feeding if you have to. I know some pet supply stores stock feeding syringes for handfeeding baby birds and that might be an option (if the food isn't too solid). Ask the vet.
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    A syringe is the way to go. When my kitty was sick after an injection, I only fed it water till he got better.

    Then I learned, get a syringe and that makes my life much easier.
    Grind up the food and mix it with water.

    I know you can get cat milk at petsmart but I am not sure if it is OK for your cat.

    Hope your kitty gets better..

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    Ok, I forgot about the syringe. That does work, but I remember now when we had to force-feed one of our kittys this ucky medifood, it took so long that MrsHound started using her finger instead.
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    Yeap, made some quick searches for ya and the syringe idea is talked about a lot and are available at most pet stores. The milk Eric mentioned, too.

    Would definitely suggest checking with your vet, too cos not sure if some things may be harmful for certain ailments they may have. Some suggestions are:
    chicken or tuna - uhmm that seems like a good guess even baby food is good
    pilchards (think it's similar to a sardine) only small amounts at a time, tho.
    cat biscuits (not sure what they are)

    Suggestion was to water down and warm the food so it would tempt him or her more with the odor from the food and be easier to swallow Definitely hand feeding was a good idea. Was suggested to dab a little on their lip or front paws cos that would get them to groom themselves and eat it. Stroking or grooming them might help to tempt them to eat.

    I had both a cat (although am allergic to them) and a dog that both got very sick and only things that worked was (would again check with vet but mine said it was ok) applesauce, cottage cheese or peanut butter in little amounts mixed in with medicine or a teeny bit of whichever food seemed to taste good to them and I had to literally put it in their mouths for them and that seemed to get them started. (maybe they like the pampering, too) Little amounts of boiled rice worked, too.

    Neither my cat or dog seemed to know the other was different from them, so if one got the treat (cottage cheese, applesauce, etc.) of course you'd get them little eyes lookin up at ya from the other....so would give them, too.

    Oh, definitely don't leave any that he hasn't eaten, cos they said that may make his little tummy upset.

    Really hope he feels better and eats his food.

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    Thanks for the ideas. The vet did suggest using my finger but I coldn't get it to work ... will try again in the morning. He's allowed to eat anything else he likes ... he needs to put on weight ... but he needs to eat this special weight building food too. It's not easy with 3 cats in the apartment ... especially as Indy will eat anything, he was even trying to eat the food off Gizzmo's spoon earlier ... spoon and all ... silly kitty

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    Hi Staril,

    I too am sorry to hear about your kitty's illness. I have two cats myself and feel so awful when they get sick though they're still young so this is few and far between but nevertheless... it is an ordeal.

    I've also heard suggestions from experts to warm the food (microwave) just a bit because it makes it smell better, and also since you've said he can have other food as well, usually to help a finicky feline ease into switching to a new brand they're not much keen on, experts suggest you put a little more into their regular food each few days until you've totally switched over. So start with just a little of the new stuff mixed in with his usual, and then in a few days mix a little more in, etc etc etc - it may take a few weeks but eventually you will get him switched over (should, in theory anyhow).

    Good luck on that - hope he gains enough weight to get better soon!!

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    When force feeding the cat with your fingers try and get the food onto the roof of the mouth, it's a lot harder for them to push it back out.

    The other items you can try is Nutrical with the food.

    Last thought is to call the manufacturer and tell them you have a unpalatability problem ask for their suggestions.
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    Well, the finger trick is working a little ... but not that well. I'm going to the supermarket this afternoon to buy him a baby spoon and several containers of shrimps ... he adores those so that should get calories into him

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    Admittedly I know very little about caring for sick cats. All the cats in my life have been rescues that were just passing through on their way to a permanent home. But since it's okay for you to offer him other foods to entice him to eat his power-kitty food that the vet gave you, have you tried mixing it with other tempting treats? I would try saturating it in the liquid from a can of tuna or salmon. (One of our dogs loves fish and we add the liquid from a can of tuna to his dry food which makes him very, very happy.)

    Good luck with Gizzmo. Let us know how it goes.

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    Bribery is working at the moment ... a couple of mouthfuls of icky cat food followed by a couple of shrimps/prawns ... got nearly half a tin into him before he got annoyed ... he then finshed the plate of prawns. Spoilt baby.

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    There is often a huge gap between what a doctor wishes and what someone's willing to eat. And vets are even worse!! The human type of doctor doing it is bad enough; vets should just be ashamed of themselves because they know that pets can't understand stuff like "you will get healthier if you eat X."

    If all he needs from the food is to gain weight, I'd say skip the "special" food and just feed him some good old-fashioned high-calorie human food.

    Any kind of fish packed in oil is probably laden with cals and he should yum it up.
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    Sue,

    Hope Gizzmo is healthy and plump again soon! It sure sounds like he is in great hands. You're a terrific Mom!
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    Note to self ... go to McDs on the way home from the pub ... a certain cat will do anything for chicken nuggets from that place and they are certain to have lots of calories

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    Howzabout putting the prawns in a food processor and mixing the mash in with the special food? Mmmmmm...prawns! Gizzmo has good taste!

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    I was thinking maybe chopping the prawns, not puree them. Give a little prawn, dipped in the food.

    Also, some KMR might help. It has a lot of special nutrients in it for kittens, and might help mask the flavor(less) new food.

    Check for special foods on the 'net, too. Just because your vet recommends it, doesn't mean that's all that's good for your cat. There are several high-calorie diets on the market for special-needs kitties. Everything for IBD to diabetes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhea
    Howzabout putting the prawns in a food processor and mixing the mash in with the special food? Mmmmmm...prawns! Gizzmo has good taste!
    Staril, so sorry to hear about kitty...I went through something similar a few years ago. And I had to do what Rhea did and it was actually pretty fun Another way...I poured gravy over the whole shebang.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolyn - ShareASale
    Staril, so sorry to hear about kitty...I went through something similar a few years ago. And I had to do what Rhea did and it was actually pretty fun Another way...I poured gravy over the whole shebang.

    Mmmmmm... graaaaavyyyy. *drool*
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    Nutrical is like kitty cocaine, can't believe the vet didn't encourage using that also.. it is packed with calories and they LOVE it. Eating it off your finger is a breeze.

    I'd also lock Gizmo in a bathroom with his food and not let him out till it's gone. Maybe mommy time and alone time will encourage him to eat
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    Quote Originally Posted by meadowmufn
    Mmmmmm... graaaaavyyyy. *drool*
    LOL! And sometimes graaaaavvyyyyy works on your colleagues too

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