Day 2: Cat Not Eating and Fluid Therapy

Welcome to Day 2 of our 4 day program. Today we are going to talk about how to encourage our cats to eat and keep them hydrated.

Pointer #1
Anorexia that last for
3 to 5 days requires some
form of nutritional support

Part 1: Cat Not Eating

Reasons Why A Cat Won't Eat

Dental disease/Tooth abscess
Medications
Cancer
Gastritis
Pancreatitis
Systemic Disease
Infection
Inflammation
Pain when swallowing
Ate a foreign object
Nausea
Doesn't like a certain type of food

What happens when cats don't eat

Not eating for an extended period of time can result in weight loss and muscle wasting. Also the immune system cannot function properly. Also cats are prone to fatty liver disease when they do not eat for prolonged periods of time.

When should I be concerned

If your cat does not eat for 3 to 5 days, it will require nutritional support and needs to see a veterinarian.

Medications your vet might use

These three medications below are commonly given by veterinarians to help stimulate cats to start eating:

Metoclopramide

Diazepam

Cyproheptadine

What you can do

Pointer #2
It is important to
determine if the cat
won't eat or can't eat

Your job is to try and get your cat to eat. There are many things that you can try:

Soft canned cat food

Baby food

Gravy

***Warming the food list above will increase its appeal to your cat, because warmed food smells much better which stimulates the appetite.***

Part 2: Fluid Therapy

Dehydration is one of the main reasons why puppies and kittens die when they have diarrhea or are vomiting.

Dehydration can also have a huge negative impact on adult dogs and cats that are sick and not eating.

Animals that weigh less than 20 pounds are more prone to dehydration.

Causes of Dehydration

Not eating or drinking

Renal disease

Coccidiosis

Diabetes

Poisons

Hot weather

Frozen bowls of water in the winter

Why dehydration is dangerous

Dehydration causes the volume of blood to lower, which means blood cannot deliver oxygen to tissues as efficiently.

Signs of dehydration

Not eating

Lethargic

Weakness

Dry and tacky gums

Sunken eyes

Weight loss



What your vet might do

In severe cases, IV fluids will be give. Some types of fluids that might be given IV include Normosol, lactated Ringers, and 0.9% sodium chloride.

In moderate cases, sometimes the fluid is given subcutaneously, which means under the skin. Sometimes, the vet will show you how to give fluids under the skin of your cat so you can do it at home.

What you can do

Any wet food contains a high amount of moisture.

Baby food

Canned cat food

Pointer #3
Cats weighing less
than 5 pounds are
more prone to dehydration

Pedialyte

Water

Low sodium chicken or beef broth

Natural Remedies for Cats

Herbs and other natural remedies have been used for centuries by people and animals to help prevent and cure certain diseases. Most have been proven safe and do not carry the potential for severe side effects that prescription medications do.

Some of these herbs include:

Eleutherococcus senticosis (Siberian Ginseng)
Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)
Arthrospira platenis (Spirulina)
Emblica officinalis (Amalaki)

These 4 herbs can help to improve your cat's mental and physical state. Before giving your cat any home remedies, you should consult with your veterinarian.

7 Tips for Keeping Your Cat Healthy

Here are 7 things that you can do to help keep your cat healthy and disease free.

1. Feed your cat a high quality pet food, that is low in preservatives and additives.

2. Give your cat access to lots of fresh clean water. Be sure to regularly clean your cat's water bowl.

3. Play with your cat to give them lots of exercise to stay lean and healthy.

4. Keep household cleaners and other possible toxins out of your cat's reach.

5. Deworm outdoor cats, and even indoor cats that occasionally go outdoors.

6. Keep your cat up to date on vaccines.

7. Take your cat for yearly veterinary exams.

That is all for today, please check your email tomorrow for Day 3, where we talk about things you can do at home to treat constipation in your cat

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