July 30,2004

Owner’s Name: Belinda & Mike Sauro
Pet’s Name: Buddie Age: 12 1/2 Gender: Female


Date Diagnosed
Cancer (Liver)
July 2003


Why I think my kitty isn’t eating: She was becoming jaundice after coming down with a sepsis infection. The vet really didn’t think her chances of surviving the infection were very good, this on top of her liver cancer. I nursed her at home for a week and she beat it, but in the interm started to develope fatty liver disease, so we inserted the tube to get her nutrients into her. My girl has been through the ringer, but she is a tough cookie!!


Date when assist feeding began: February 28, 2004
Why I’ve chosen to Assist Feed: I had decided not to go the feeding tube route early on in Buddie’s intial cancer diagnosis, but after she fought so hard to beat all the things thrown at her (sepsis infection, then Fatty Liver disease), I decided she wanted to be here a while yet, and we would give her all the ammunition available to fight with!!
Feeding Technique: E-Tube: The main thing I learned just from reading others posts before I was even faced with this possiblity is to take your time. Go slowly so that you don’t feed too much at once, as this may cause your furkid to throw up what you have given. I first flush her tube with 3 to 5 cc’s of water to make sure it isn’t plugged, then feed her about 20 cc in a 5 to 10 minute period, then feed her another 20 cc’s in another 5 to 10 minute period. After I am finished I flush her tube again with 5 to 10 cc’s of water to make sure it deson’t get plugged. Buddie has never gagged or thrown up and of her food, she pretty much lays and purrs while I’m feeding, so it has been a very wonderful experience for us, and Buddie would not have made it without this option. We are feeding Science diet AD, which we get from the vet. She gets a total of 200 cc’s of food divided into 5 feedings at 40 cc’s each!

Appetite Primer Tricks:
Food liked best: Friskies Fancy Feast
Food liked least: Anything else
Special Treats: She is very finicky and snubs her nose to treats (except plastic bags of course, she loves to lick those, oh and she loves to chew on potato chip bags, likes the crinkly sound I guess 🙂


Medications, Dose/Frequency
1/4 tablet of metronidazole, twice daily
5mg of prednisone, once daily
3 or 4 drops of milk thistle twice daily
actigall (for liver inflamation), once daily