For those following the sick Pee-wuss...
He has been home since Sunday PM. Was happy to be home (puur-machine), but pretty sickly. Won't each much, but was able to keep a little down Sun PM. and Monday. This AM actually pooped (yea!!) so doesn't seem to be blocked - passed what may be part (or all) of a soft blockage (sparing you details). Is still nauseous, licking lips. Took fecal sample into a feline specialist, and have an appointment for this afternoon. He is such a terrible patient, I am hesitant to even do x-rays yet, as I'm afraid it will throw him off the progress he has made so far. Am planning to continue supportive care for now (possibly fluids and appetite stimulant and/or nausea meds), and see how he progresses, but vet may have other ideas. The risks are pancreatitis and hepatic lipidosis. Am hoping the blockage is out, and that recovery will continue, and that his appetite will improve. He drank water this AM, but not much. His thyroid tests are borderline hyperthyroidism, but will hold off treatment until he is over this hurdle.
Thanks to all for your nice words of encouragement, prayers, etc.! After talking to the vet on Sunday I was sure I would have to euth him. We aren't past this hurdle, but looking up, at least .
Open to suggestions for getting him to eat. The best success has been chicken and veggie baby food, cooked chicken breast and chicken broth. He licked juice off of some Friskies canned, but won't eat the chunks. Won't touch the Iams kitten canned, but did eat some Purina kitten chow and kept it down (I am trying kitten food because it his higher protein and fat). Any other ideas welcome.

Thanks for all the help and support!
-L. and Peewee
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-L. quoth:
Open to suggestions for getting him to eat. The best success has been chicken and veggie baby food, cooked chicken ... and kept it down (I am trying kitten food because it his higher protein and fat). Any other ideas welcome.

Can you get some of that prescription food from the vet? It's a Hill's Science Diet prescription one with a silver label? Not K/D. W/D? It's dark brown and gooey and apparently quite yummy, although apparently there are idiosyncratic cats who turn their noses up at it. Well, there would be, wouldn't there?
Priscilla, keeping her fingers crossed for the Peeweester
You could try Hill's Prescription Diet a/d; it's available at the vet's. Most cats find it very tasty, & although it's a canned food, it has no chunks - it's more of a super-finely minced/paste sort of consistency. It's specifically made for ill or convalescing pets.
(My cats only lick wet foods - leaving the chunks, too.)
Cathy

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Ha - I just posted. ;-) Do you mean a/d, maybe?
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[nq:1]For those following the sick Pee-wuss... He has been home since Sunday PM. Was happy to be home (puur-machine), but ... but not much. His thyroid tests are borderline hyperthyroidism, but will hold off treatment until he is over this hurdle.
Glad to hear that he is home, and doing a bit better. We are pulling for the little guy.
Open to suggestions for getting him to eat. The best success has been chicken and veggie baby food, cooked chicken ... and kept it down (I am trying kitten food because it his higher protein and fat). Any other ideas welcome.

Maybe try the Nutro Gourmet Classics canned food, or the Nutro Natural Choice Packets? Also Petsmart sells Sophistacat Supreme Shrimp and Crab in Jelly canned food. My cats never refuse any of these. Even if he only licks the gravy of the Nutro food It's better than eating nothing. Good Luck.
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[nq:1]Ha - I just posted. ;-) Do you mean a/d, maybe?
Probably. Whatever Caley was given last month.
Priscilla

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[nq:1]Open to suggestions for getting him to eat.
You might want to take a look at http://www.assistfeed.com .
[nq:1]For those following the sick Pee-wuss... He has been home since Sunday PM.
He sounds better! Purrs that he keeps recovering and that he is on the mend.
Open to suggestions for getting him to eat. The best success has been chicken and veggie baby food, cooked chicken ... and kept it down (I am trying kitten food because it his higher protein and fat). Any other ideas welcome.

I've learned a few tricks since Shadow's worst time last year when I couldn't get him to eat. With the feral who was sick she took to Hills AD mixed with baby food (turkey or chicken) to make a thinner consistency and spooned to her; just held the spoon under her nose and let it touch her mouth so she got a taste and she would lick it off and got enough into her during that time (about 1/2 can per day or a little more). With Shadow and his bouts of nausea I would have to put the food in his mouth to get him to eat but I used a tongue depressor and didn't thin the food at all, just sort of stuck it in and let his teeth scrape the food off. He never had a problem keeping the AD down even when he was nauseous and this didn't seem as stressful to him as a syringe did. I think at some point the food must be "forced" to get past the rough part, but you already know that.
Good luck, Lyn. So worrisome... Emotion: sad Purrs to Peewee.
[nq:1]For those following the sick Pee-wuss...
Purrs to Peewee for his recovery.
I don't have much to add that others haven't suggested, but have you tried tuna or sardines to stimulate his appetite? You don't want to give him too much, as they (especially tuna) can have too much mercury in them in quantities. Albacore is the best kind of tuna and has (according to what I've read, anyway) less mercury than the cheaper tuna.

Also, there is a product called Nutrical that helps sick cats. It is available at Petsmart and other pet stores and has high fat and calories, vitamins, and minerals. It also acts as an appetite stimulant. Some cats like it, some hate it.
I hope he gets better...

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