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Vol. 1, No. 14
Every cat is different with how much food they will accept in one feeding.
Every cat is different with how much food they need to maintain or gain weight.
A severe hardship and stressful situation occurs when you cannot get enough food into your cat to prevent weight loss. This is tough for me to say, but if you cannot get the right amount of food into your cat each and every day... your cat will slowly starve. I start to cry just writing that...
Here are some ideas to help you and your kitty with syringe feeding the proper amount:
Before we proceed: Please keep in mind that I'm neither a nutritionalist nor a professional research scientist. With that awareness, I tried to maintain an unbiased view by gathering data from a variety of sources throughout the pet-food, veterinary, and vet-education communities. However, while the information I've collected is extensive, it is not a to be construed as comprehensive or complete; there are endless avenues that could yet be pursued.
Well, here we are. I've presented what I feel is reasonable information about some of the whys and why-nots for both canned cat food and dry cat food diets, and the bottom line is about as firm as wet sock; there are reasons why we should (and should not) consider either one. Plenty of scientific evidence to support you on either side of the fence, so the issue of which diet we select for our cat seems to be one of preference. Those of you who are in favor of a specific feeding protocol certainly are encouraged to challenge my - or anyone's- conclusion; that's how good things become better things. I'll gladly research any practical train of thought, conventional or otherwise, and we'll report on that as well. So far, I've been wishy-washy about taking a stand on this touchy issue, but believe it or not, I finally have! Can you guess what it is?
I lived for many years in a summer-resort area in the northern Adirondack Mountains. Sensibly, most of the places closed down during the winter months, and each winter we got to make fun of this particular sign:
Signs can often be conflicting, confusing, and even misleading. As for the all-season motel being closed for the season, well, the worst thing that sign might generate is a chuckle or two. But there are many instances when failing to read signs can have a far greater impact. For example: You could be paying way too much for good Scotch, when just down the aisle it's on sale!
Obviously you know I'm talking about kitty signs, not booze or motels, and this week we're going to get specific about a horrible disease that claims more cats than any other: Feline kidney failure, known as Chronic Renal Failure, or CRF. Those three tiny letters have struck terror and dread in the hearts of countless people for decades, and the disease itself has caused more suffering than we could ever know. Not many years ago, CRF was a death sentence, period. But not anymore; there have been many wonderful, life-saving advancements in treating CRF and, inarguably, the key to successful treatment is early diagnosis. We can catch this ugly, devilish monster known as CRF in its infancy, but it's up to us Dr. Mom and Dr. Dad. Please read on
So what if you have a multi-cat household with skinny kitties and fat kitties? How do you keep the fat cats on a diet? It can certainly be a challenge!
One solution is a 2-part solution:
This is a "for sure" way of being able to control the portions which will help your cat lose weight.
NOTE: Elimination immediately after eating is a normal physiological process. If you have to leave your cats separated for more than 20 minutes or so, put a litter box in each cat's feeding room... away from the door and the food. "Holding it" can be very uncomfortable and you will want to protect your cat from any negative association with eating alone/elimination woes, not to mention the trauma of having an accident.
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Disclaimer: Kathy Fatheree is not at all a medical expert. Contents of this web site are a collection of Kathy's assist feeding experiences as well as the experiences of other cat owners who have assist fed their cats. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, Kathy Fatheree or anyone associated with this web site cannot be held responsible for anything that may happen as a result of using the information on this site.