|Purred: Tue Jun 4, '13 8:55pm PST |
|Hello, folks! I'm sad that my first post has to be something a bit more on the serious side, but I'd like to ask some other fuzzy owners for suggestions, maybe tell me if I might be doing something wrong.
My kitty Kip was recently diagnosed with feline hepatic lipidosis. I began to notice maybe in March that he had lost weight, but only after someone pointed it out to me. I know I sound negligent, but it's been a bad year. Between November and February, I learned my other two cats had cancer and were both put down within less than two months of one another. On top of that, I've been cramming to finish my thesis since January. I swear I don't neglect my kitties, but it was just a very busy time for me.
Kip went from probably 13-15 pounds down to 9, though I don't know when the weight loss started. Probably December or January. And I don't know what would have caused him to lose his appetite. He didn't get along with the other cats, so I don't think he was mourning them. Aside from the anorexia, he was a happy perky noisy kitty.
Thursday I took him to the vet for a rabies booster and blood tests, and Friday I began force feeding Hill's A/D since Kip needed the extra calories and wouldn't eat it on his own. He wouldn't eat canned food anymore and just barely picked at his kibbles prior to Friday, and he would eat a handful of foods like baby food, cooked meat, and milk.
As of yesterday, he absolutely refuses to eat anything at all. Not even chicken, which he loves. He also won't drink water anymore.
I think it's too much of a coincidence to say that his condition just happened to worsen immediately after syringe feeding #1. Kip is a former stray and he gets stressed easily; he fought like crazy the first few feedings. Now, on top of not eating or drinking, he's extremely lethargic and likes to hide from me at times. He'll lay in the same exact spot all day and maybe just move to change his position.
He doesn't seem to be in pain, and he still purrs when I pet him, and he still shows some interest in playing (which, in his case, is nipping my finger).
I understand that recovery from fatty liver disease is not an overnight thing, but why would he get worse when he's getting more calories in him each day than he's had in months? I didn't expect him to get better all of a sudden, but I also didn't expect him to get worse. I was going to take a break from feeding on Monday, but when he decided he wasn't going to eat or drink at all, I couldn't take a break.
He goes back to the vet Thursday to get his liver enzymes retested to see if the force feedings are helping. What was found is he has a heart murmur and elevated liver enzymes, and the vet doesn't think it's hyperthyroidism because his appetite is gone rather than increased.
Kip is syringe fed every...maybe 4 hours? About 1/4 of a cup of Hill's A/D diluted with water and heavy cream (Kip tolerates dairy well and I figure the cream has some extra calories). I also get as much water into him as I can, but it's probably not even one ounce a day (I use a 1 mL syringe, he gets freaked out when I use anything larger).
This is weird. Has anyone ever had their cat actually get worse from force feeding? His behavior changed too quickly for it to be due to his liver, so I am blaming it on the feedings. But his liver will get worse if he doesn't eat, so I don't have a choice.
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