Tuesday, February 1, 2011
You Are What You Eat
Jay is getting healthier and feistier by the day. I tried again to give him his subQ fluids and he would have none of it. My daughter was upset that I attempted it alone this time. "You wasted a needle." I was instructed to return them to the vet's office (I'm pretty sure it's illegal to throw them in the trash) and they can give me more if they want me to keep trying. They've been calling daily for progress reports and seem more concerned with his diet than my success with giving him fluids.
They sent him home with a prescription food, but warned me that you can't starve a cat into eating. They'll go into liver failure and die. He gave the reasons why but the only part I remember is "liver failure and die". I tried to add water like the vet wanted. Jay took a look, turned up his nose, and walked away. I gave it to him without additional water and he took two bites then looked at me as if to say, "You must be joking." If I mix it with some Friskie's canned cat food he'll eat some of it, but not happily. The goal is to add more and more of the new food until he's only eating his new diet.
Ironically Faith, who is usually the picky one, is happy to gobble down whatever Jay doesn't eat. I let her since I was also told that if I try to make her lose weight too fast, that will also cause liver problems and she'll die. We're hoping that switching her to wet food instead of dry will help her reach a healthier weight. According to the good doctor, dry food makes cats fat.