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RE: 12 yr old cat not eating

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Posted by: cyclopsgrl at Sat Oct 28 02:03:51 2006  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by cyclopsgrl ]  
   

I agree. As long as your cat seems pain-free, there are things you can do to prolong his life reasonably and comfortably. As to why he seems to be better, if the vet gave sub-Q fluids (and likely did), he is probably feeling much better and hydrated. Sub-Q fluids are given under the skin to re-hydrate the cat. It looks like they are injecting a "bag of water" under his skin. Your vet can give sub-Q and can also show you how to and it can generally add time and quality to his life. Some folks choose to do sub-Q on their own at home and can add up to a couple years to the cat's life (again depending on how far along your cat is). It is a choice you have to make, but for now, since you want more time, talk to your vet about your vet giving sub-Q so his time with you is comfortable and quality.

Another thing to consider is switching him to a diet that helps his Kidneys, such as Science Diet KD (you can get from vet). You can get a can or two or a small bag of dry to see if he likes it. At this point, it is more important he eats whatever food he will eat -- but if he likes the KD, it'll be even better for his kidneys.

My cat is a year into kidney failure and the KD has helped his values considerably. Haven't had to go to sub-Q yet as we noticed the then subtle change in values about a year ago and started on the food. But, he will likely need Sub-Q within the next few months to a year.
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