"Anna via CatKB.com" <[email protected]
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> >I just found out my cat has lukemia.
>>He had not been eating properly for two days so I took him to a vet
>>whare he had x rays and blood tests.
>>He now is on an antibotic and nutritional supplement administered by
>>He will take a few licks of milk but does not feel like eating
>>Has any one nursed a cat with lukemia and had them improve ?
Talk to your vet TODAY!! There is no cure for feline leukemia, but there are
supportive treatments which may give your cat some more years of happy
healthy life. It sounds like your vet thinks the cat is treatable at this
stage, but also sounds like he needs more intensive care right now. (For
example, cats can be given interferon shots weekly.)
But the cat must start eating again. Cats that are ill often don't feel
like eating. But they're not like dogs or people who can fast for quite a
few days if necessary. A cats metabolism is very different. If a cat
doesn't consume food by mouth for more than 4-5 days they can go in to liver
failure. Your cat is sick enough already that that would be fatal. As I
said, call the vet for advice.
Until he calls back try - very small amount of premium cat food, mix with
smelliest Gerber pureed chicken baby food (no salt/sugar). Feed by holding
in you hand on small spoon. Get him to eat as much as you can. A few
hours later try again. If you can get him to consume 1/4 to 1/2 cups cat
food daily this way, he may make it. (This saved my cats life after she
had liver failure and came off IV feeding. She just didn't feel like
eating.) As an alternative try smelly tuna fish - again hand feed small
amounts - don't drain - they really love the juice (he shouldn't stay on
tuna fish diet all the time, but its okay for a while), Often when my
finicky cats go on a food strike I'll give the tune for a couple of days
until they are eating well again - then they seem willing to go back to