Cat wont eat cat food & now injured

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Cat wont eat cat food & now injured

Post by kev1949 » Fri May 30, 2014 6:48 am

Since giving one of my cats some well know cat treats, he now wont eat the normal dry food he ate before? Just sits at the food bowls looking at us. Also goes mad for our own food, like ham, chicken, etc. My daughters said to leave him alone and he will eat when hungry. But that doesn't seem to be happening? Anyone know the best way to get him back to eating normal dry food?

Sadly, since he started this "food fad", he came home this morning with a broken jaw and an eye hanging out ( 4am ). Lucky the wife was up as couldn't sleep with upset stomach. Rushed him to emergency vet, who said probably been hit by a car? Left him for treatment, xrays, pain relief, fluids, damaged eye to be removed. Going to cost £££s, but as we took him in as a stray three years ago, don't want to loose him. Have to call the vet later today for the prognosis? Will update with news.

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Re: Cat wont eat cat food & now injured

Post by meriad » Fri May 30, 2014 9:50 am

Oh Kev - sending tons of vibes for your boy; thank goodness your wife was up and about and you were able to get him to the emergency vet as soon as you did.

As for the food - I bet that once he's pulled through this he'll be eating normally again; they won't be feeding him treats at the vet.

Please do keep us updated on how he's doing

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Post by lilynmitz » Fri May 30, 2014 4:34 pm

Oh gosh, poor lad! I do hope the vet can help him and get him home to you again soon. You must be beside yourselves. Thank heaven he managed to make his way home and your wife was there to get him to the vet straight away. Do keep us posted. All paws crossed for him here.

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Post by kev1949 » Fri May 30, 2014 4:54 pm

Just heard from the vet. On a drip, and fix his broken jaw tomorrow, as well as removing the eye that was knocked out. With all the additional costs, £1.500. Small price to pay for all the enjoyment he has given us. However, watching "emergency vet" and "supervet" on TV, some pet owners have paid well more for their pets treatment. Got three others, and hope they don't run out in front of cars!! :o

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Post by Shelly and Dora » Fri May 30, 2014 5:30 pm

Bless him and bless you for caring enough and clearly considering him as part of your family.

I've spent £000's on Dora and wouldn't hesitate to sell my house and live in a cardboard box with her if need be!!

Best wishes to your boy. Please keep us posted.

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Post by SarahT1 [PLLE] » Fri May 30, 2014 8:55 pm

Oh bless him, what an experience. You will love him even more now, if that is possible. I would not flinch over the costs either, our furbabes are no less important members of our family than OH and myself. Fusses to him.

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Re: Cat wont eat cat food & now injured

Post by MarkB » Sat May 31, 2014 10:34 am

Poor cat. I hope he's on the mend. If you are still having problems getting him to eat regular food, there are a few dry foods that are similar to treats. Royal Canin 12+ even has a soft-centre like dreamies! :)
http://www.vetuk.co.uk/royal-canin-cat- ... ood-p-6029" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I'm sure it is fine for younger cats and certainly better than treats.

Another smelly dry food that seems to appeal to most cats is Sanabelle urinary (from zooplus) - again, although it is sold as a urinary food, it is fine for any cat.
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Post by lilynmitz » Sat May 31, 2014 2:55 pm

Poor little fella, so pleased he's in such good hands. I hope he continues to make a good recovery. Do keep us posted. He'll learn to adapt with one eye pretty well - my lad Mitz was completely blind, but coped really well.

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Post by kev1949 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:32 am

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Tiger back home this morning minus one eye. Jaw not fully healed, so has to lap up watered down food. However, when my other three cats saw him, they didn't like what they saw. Scared them, causing them to hiss and growl

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Re: Cat wont eat cat food & now injured

Post by Jacks » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:12 am

Oh poor little Tiger! What a sweetheart! I do hope he settles in quickly - all our cat-chatters who have had visually impaired cats say they adjust very quickly. I expect his housemates are put off a little by the vet smell but this will wear off pretty soon I would think. Please give him a gentle cuddle from me.

What a smashing lad. x

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Post by SarahT1 [PLLE] » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:19 am

Oh, Kev, your little wounded soldier, bless him. He is a feline Lord Nelson now! What a trooper. You must be so relieved to have him home.

Your other cats will not like the vet smell around your boy. Once he gets his home smell back things will settle down.

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Post by kev1949 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:53 pm

Yes, our vet said the same today about the smell. Made friends with Jasper, my avatar pic, almost four years ago when he was a stray. After unsuccessfully trying to trace his owner, kept him. Chipped, neutered, all the usual inoculations like the others. His jaw is still wired so having to use a syringe to feed him.

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Post by lilynmitz » Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:35 pm

Ooh poor little fella. He has been in the wars.Thank heaven he found his way home to you. Hope he's behaving himself and letting you feed him.

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Post by HRHFluffy » Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:38 pm

Hi Kev, I think you have done so well in looking after Tiger. The pictures of him really touched my heart. What an absolutely gorgeous and brave boy he has been. I just wanted to reach out and cuddle him. He will be so glad to be back home where he can recover in comfort with those who love him.

Please give him a very gentle fuss from me xx

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Post by Walesgang » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:51 pm

Hi Kev

Thanks for being so caring for your lad. I for one would have done the same and most of us here would agree.

I have a totally blind cat (who has access to a secure garden) and does very well.

I am sure that things will settle down once the smell of the vets subsides.

Good luck to,you all

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Re: Cat wont eat cat food & now injured

Post by kev1949 » Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:27 am

Thank you for the kind concerns :) . Poor guy wants to eat, but can't as jaw still wired and swollen :( . So got some a/d from the vet that we moisten so it goes into a syringe. Have to same with water so he doesn't become dehydrated. Also the pain killer has to be given with food. Don't like being hand fed, but is at least swallowing it :D

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Post by Crewella » Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:35 am

Poor little soldier - you're doing great with him. The a/d is great as it's concentrated, so he needs less of it to keep him going. Do you know how long his jaw will be wired for?

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Re: Cat wont eat cat food & now injured

Post by lilynmitz » Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:38 pm

How's he doing today Kev?

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