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Not eating after dental surgery

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Pickles

I hate everyone- but Mom
 
 
Purred: Sun Aug 7, '11 6:31pm PST 
Hi. I want to apologize, as I've moved this post from the tail end of "Cats hissing at each other after going to vet" in behavior......Thanks for the great responses. While we are getting through the vet odor problem, we now have a new issue....

Pickles isn't eating. I've been through this before when she had 4 bladder stones removed. She tried and ate some Thursday (dental was Wed.) and some Friday, but Saturday no dice. I called the vet, because it had been about 12 hours with no food intake, and I know about Fatty Liver Disease.....Anyways, the vet gave me new pain meds because pain leads to a lot of irregular behavior in cats, so now we're doing Gaba for pain, a Fentanlyl (spelling?) patch and Batryl for antibiotic. Well still no eating. I've taken to spoon forcing wet food down her throat. Granted it's not her urinary kibble that she loves, but she has to get something....I can't believe she's letting me, as she's very temperamental. She's just not herself. Very jittery, not sleeping much, acting dazed, and not sleeping in her normal spots. But she IS out in the open with us, not hiding at least. She's acting very lovey, and pretends to want to eat, running to her dish, tries to chew, and spits them out. I'm just glad she's not like last time, when she was lethargic and vomiting foamy pink stuff. Tomorrow I call the vet first thing, and I'm hoping she'll let me try the leftover appetite stimulant I have from last time. It worked like a charm. 20 minutes after taking, down she ran looking for food. Wish my girl luck! Sorry about the rambling.... hug
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BK

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Purred: Mon Aug 8, '11 4:20am PST 
Just wanted to bump this up in case anyone had any thoughts. You're doing the right thing by spoon feeding. You should ask the vet for one of those food syringes to make it easier if you have to keep force-feeding. It sounds like her teeth/gums are still sensitive so I hope it's just something that passes quickly. Please let us know how it goes at the vet.
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06/20/2011
 
 
Purred: Mon Aug 8, '11 5:34am PST 
I don't want to sound harsh ", tries to chew, and spits them out". Have you ever tried eating crunchy food after a dental surgery?Are you aware that a cat does not have flat molars in its mouth and dry food is the reason cats have these problems because they lack a thirst drive and naturally require getting moisture within their food? They need this so things will "flow" through their very short digestive tract, they are strict carnivores. Vets do not study nutrition, only what the pet food people tell them and a vet who knows anything about cats abd not just what the pet food people tell them would tell you a cat eating dry food is unnatural. The flavorings is what gets them addicted, read your labels. Hopefully those who know about cats on this chat will chime in. PLEASE think about this logically an seek a vet who knows something about cats, this post breaks my heart.
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Pickles

I hate everyone- but Mom
 
 
Purred: Mon Aug 8, '11 8:09am PST 
Hi. I'd like to address the "Guest" that spoke of dry food not being good for cats....Believe me, I'm quite aware of this. We've been through a lot with Pickles (as well as my other cat) due to her bladder stones last year. I've tried it all, and she HATES wet food. She will starve herself to prove a point. I wish you'd try to get the whole story before jumping down my throat on this issue. It was not an easy choice to feed Royal Canin Urinary kibble. Anyone who's read my past posts, knows the anguish I felt over this decision. She has struvite AND calcium oxalate. Unfortunately the latter is not dissolvable with medication. The only way to remove said stones is through surgery and I was not going to take that chance. She loves it, and so far, it's working that's all I can hope for.

During this healing time, I have offered her canned, wet kibble, crushed kibble, nothing was appealing to her. The whole kibble was the only thing she showed any interest in trying. Well she decided to eat some today, and now we're trying an appetite stimulant. So far so good.

Sorry to get "harsh" with you, but know that I've done everything for my girls. Thanks for the help!kitty
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Finn

House Panther
 
 
Purred: Mon Aug 8, '11 2:20pm PST 
Pickles, have you tried just plain meat babyfood? It is a big hit with many cats. Also, you'll find this in the dog section - but you might also try canned green tripe. There are different brands, but Petco carries Solid Gold (I prefer Trippet but it's harder to come by - usually only specialty stores carry it). I warn you - it's nauseously stinky, but since stinky usually = yummy to cats, Pickles might like it. There's really nothing in there to my knowledge that's dangerous or bad for cats, and whenever I give it to my dogs, I'll give the cats a taste. How about canned sardines or jack mackerel? (I'm not a big fan of feeding fish to cats, but here again, the goal is to get her eating! I'd even try tuna if I got desperate, though I'm leary of that because of the mercury.) Failing that, try Nutrical - the ingredients are not ones I'd normally endorse, but it does contain those needed calories in a concentrated form, and it saved Finn's life in the early days when he was too scared to eat and was literally wasting away in front of me. hug and wishes

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Pickles

I hate everyone- but Mom
 
 
Purred: Tue Aug 9, '11 3:40pm PST 
Hi. Well at least the Fentnyl patch comes off tomorrow. As far as other pain meds like you mentioned, it's probably because of the laundry list of drugs she's on right now. Our vet is really good and is a cat specialist. She really cares about the kitties! We're working through the smell so that seems to be improving. The eating has done a 180 since yesterday. She's been ravenous after the appetite stimulant, and is now sleeping in some of her familiar spots. I think there's improvement! I'm just glad I spoon fed those days prior to the stimulant. She wasn't impressed with me, but it kept her from being on the verge unlike last time when she was close to Fatty Liver Disease. Thanks for the help. If it seems you're missing info check in Cat Health, as I've reposted it there. way to go
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Pickles

I hate everyone- but Mom
 
 
Purred: Sat Aug 20, '11 11:19am PST 
Hi All! Just wanted to update everyone that Pickles is back to her old self! I couldn't be happier, and I hope this is it for surgeries for a while.....After 2 events, I can honestly say that the Mirtazapine is a godsend, even though she meows like crazy for several days afterwardeek Thanks everyone for the help.
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