[Felvtalk] Syringe Feeding

Katherine K. kathstix at gmail.com
Fri Apr 7 08:32:16 CDT 2017

I'm sorry to hear about your struggles with Jelly. I've had to syringe feed
my cat on and off at various times over the last decade. He's a willing
patient so I can't imagine how hard it would be with a cat who fights
it. One year ago today we said goodbye to Jazz. He was so strong and
healthy, until one day he wasn't. It's such a tough disease but we're here
for you.

On Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 7:29 PM, Amani Oakley <aoakley at oakleylegal.com>

> Bob - it is so painful to hear what you are going through. I am so sorry.
> But Jelly does know you love him. Trust in that.
> With respect to the syringe feedings, I usually use a 3 cc syringe. I
> start by just trying to get a full syringe down in one sitting - little by
> little. My feeling is that, though I want to do it little by little, I
> still want to try to get at least 1/2 to 1 cc into the back of the mouth
> each time. That reduces the number of times of having to pry open the mouth
> and get the food in. If you are using baby food, I don’t water it down much
> or at all because the consistency will allow you to put it safely at the
> back of the throat without being concerned that it will trickle down the
> throat and cause choking or liquid in the lungs, etc. I will quickly squirt
> 1/2 to 1 cc at the back of the throat, hold the mouth closed for a few
> seconds and usually this results in swallowing. I can usually get in a full
> syringe this way in a very short period of time, thus minimizing the stress
> on the cat. If the food goes down fairly well, I will gauge if I should try
> a second or a third syringe. I try to do this 2 to 3 times a day, depending
> again on how much I am able to get in at a go. My philosophy is that I
> would rather bother them for a longer period of time each feeding, and try
> to go for 2 or 3 syringes, because this results in less numbers of times to
> harass them over the course of the day.
> With respect to the Winstrol and Prednisolone, these will not just help
> regarding the anemia but may assist in drawing away fluid from the lungs.
> Prednisone helps deal with inflammation.
> I know you are doing your best for Jelly and we all know what you are
> going through.
> Amani
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> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Syringe Feeding
> For folks who have Syringe Fed cats...
> How much do you " force" at each feeding when a cat shows little interest
> in even swallowing that which you manage to get into his mouth...   Jelly
> fights it tooth and nail...   I am WAY behind in his caloric needs because
> he fights so vehemently now about taking meds or being fed that I feel that
> it is hurting more than helping....   I was using AD with High Density
> calorie paste but he doesn't like it at ALL so I am now using bits of baby
> food and alternating with KMR Kitten Milk and literally forcing him to
> swallow a couple of oz's...which is also far too little......  He still
> drinks water on his own and is urinating a large amount... for all I know
> at this point his Kidneys could be shutting down
> He is  lethargic enough at this point that I am 75% sure that I will put
> him down before the weekend is out...  If he were just battling anemia I'd
> have more hope for the Win/Pred/Doxy combo but with the tumor I'm feeling I
> might not be doing him any favors.... Admittedly... it was only a couple of
> months back that I watched my other little boy fade away at home over the
> course of a couple of months but HE was eating at least.... Mostly... I
> don't think " I " can take much more of watching my lovely boy die... Every
> day I'm here living my life around trying to get him to eat.. watching that
> he doesn't eat cement or other detritus ( Pica r/t anemia) putting food in
> a thousand places so that if he IS inclined at one moment TO eat there will
> be something near at hand TO eat and getting more and more depressed with
> each passing day at the lack of response.....  This damnable disease!!!   6
> short weeks ago he passed his wellness exam with flying colors....  They
> can be claimed in a heartbeat.       I don't know that I will take in
> another FeLV cat unless I can find a damn vet that will work WITH ME and
> give a dying cat a fighting chance.......  I can't take this amount of
> sadness again for at least several months...
> > Date: Thu, 06 Apr 2017 02:19:39 +0000
> > From: Sheri Burbridge To: "felvtalk at felineleukemia.org" Subject: Re:
> > [Felvtalk] New FELV mom
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> > I've struggled with Mo since he came home, literally, the only thing
> > he will eat on his own is the Temptations treats. I count them so I
> > know he's gotten more than his basic needs every day but he's never
> > bowled us over with his appetite, even on mirzapine (definitely
> > misspelled that). He will lick the gel off his feet still, I feel
> > lucky to have found anything he likes but a bit stuck as he won't try
> > anything else!
> >
> > On Wed, Apr 5, 2017, 5:30 PM Amani Oakley  wrote:
> >
> >> Good luck Sheri. I understand all too well the reluctance to add
> >> stress by syringe feeding, but I think that the ?gas in the engine?
> >> is also dependent on getting in those calories. I rely on baby food.
> >> I find that it is usually palatable enough that you can usually
> >> syringe a wee bit of it on their lips or just inside their lips ? if
> >> they sit or lie down beside you or in your lap (my preferred
> >> position), and they will lick at what is in or on their mouth. I
> >> think this helps to stimulate their appetite. The Winstrol will often
> >> also help improve appetite, strength and a sense of feeling better so
> >> that they want to eat a bit more.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Amani
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >
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