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You have several options for smoothing out the cat food when using a feeding syringe for feeding a sick kitty.
Experiment with each to see what works best for you...
Note: If using the Hills Cat Food a/d or the Iams Cat Food Max Cal, you won't need to blend or puree the food because it's already smooth. If you are using a special diet such as the Hills Cat Food k/d with a feeding syringe, you will need smooth out the food. If your veterinarian gives you a syringe with a tiny, thin tip ask for a tapered tip because food always gets clogged in regular syringes.
There are several Thinning Options to choose from:
NOTE: Do not used drippings from meat since the heat actually produces toxins and destroys the amino acids that are so beneficial.
Lactulose - If your kitty is having trouble with constipation and you are administering Lactulose (by prescription from your vet), add this liquid to the food to help thin it down. You may need to add a few drops of water with the lactulose.
Loading the Syringe
You can load the syringe by either filling from the top with a spoon, measuring spoon, popsicle stick, etc., or by pulling liquidy food up into the syringe. If the food is liquidly, you can also use a funnel taking care to cover the syringe tip with your finger to prevent it dripping out. You will get more calories in if your food is a bit thicker. Also, warming the food makes is more liquid and therefore easier to pull up into the syringe.
Warm food is more palatable and easier to digest. Warm food is comforting, too. Before you load the syringes, warm the food by placing the dish in a hot bowl of water or if you prefer, use the microwave. Believe it or not, some cats can tell the difference between microwaved food and food warmed gradually in a bowl of hot water. It only takes a couple of minutes to warm food in a bowl of water.
Here's How I Warm Food in Water:
NOTE: Add heat sensitive medicines and supplements after the food is heated. For example, if you are adding acidophilus, the good live bacteria for digestion, don't kill them in the microwave!
If you find that the food cools down too quickly once you load it into the syringes, keep the loaded syringes in a "warmer" to keep them warm as your feed.
Tip: Prepare breakfast the night before and refrigerate in a baby food jar, covered jello dish, etc. The next morning, warm up the food by placing it in a bowl of hot water.
Tip: Prepare all the food for the day at one time and refrigerate until needed. Prepare your basic recipe and add any medicines as your need them.
Tip: Hills says that after opening, their a/d food can last a total of 3 days in the refrigerator. The can is lined, so it's safe to leave the food in the can.
Tip: If you load the syringe by pulling the food up into it, warm the food first to make it more liquid.
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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.