Rehab a starved cat,HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by fleenorfarmmom, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. fleenorfarmmom

    fleenorfarmmom In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2008
    Blountville, Tn
    One of our cats was scared away from home 3 weeks ago. We found him yesterday and he is a rack of bones. He's about 12 years old and seems ok. Just tired seeming and weak. How do I go about putting his weight back on? I've offered him tuna but he doesn't have much appetite. He's eating cat food some, but needs some fast energy and needs to rebuild muscle mass. Any ideas?
  2. dixiechick

    dixiechick Songster

    Poor baby! I'd certainly do wet cat foods and as much as he can stand..
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Do not over feed him, it can kill him while in this condition!

    Feed many small meals instead.

    Liver is a good source of protein, maybe with a little rice for the starch
  4. lleighmay

    lleighmay Songster

    May 21, 2008
    Woodlawn, VA
    I would take him to the vet just to be sure there is nothing else going on which could affect his health. I also agree with the other posters- lots of quality small meals.
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Something I've gotten many a cat to eat when they wouldn't eat anything else is human baby food...chicken or turkey. I always keep some on hand.
  6. cyanne

    cyanne Songster

    May 19, 2008
    Cedar Creek, TX
    Definitely get him to a vet for evaluation, just in case. Also, the vet may be able to sell you some Science Diet A/D catfood. This is the stuff they give to weak or sick animals who are in need of a boost. It is a soft food and extra tasty so it helps stimulate their appetite.

    You probably going to need to have the vet treat for parasites as well, and you definitely want their advice on a plan for safely bringing him back up to a healthy weight. It can be really tough to bring them back if they get too malnourished.

    Good luck, and I hope your kitty gets better soon!
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2008
  7. happyhen

    happyhen Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Northeastern Ohio
    I agree with lots of small, high protein meals. A call to the vet in the morning will yield more professional advise, but it may just take some time, rest, and good food supplemented with tons of love and afffection.

    Poor baby!
  8. ILoveJoe

    ILoveJoe Songster

    Jun 28, 2008
    Northern Kentucky
    I would think a 12 year old cat is a senor citizen and needs a vet. I wouldn't waste time, he may be dehydrated and need an IV for a short period.
  9. texasreb

    texasreb Songster

    May 18, 2008
    I agree, take him to the vet.

    I disagree with those who suggested human food. It might be far too rich for his starved system. His gut flora has probably been compromised, so he needs bland food.

    If you're not going to take him to the vet, I would try some KMR (kitten milk replacer) or Nutri-Cal. Nutri-cal is a high calorie, low volume supplement for cats that will not eat. It contains vitamins and minerals. It's a paste that comes in a tube. If the cat refuses to eat, rub it onto his paws so that when he grooms he'll lick it off.

    Good luck with your guy and congratulations on finding him!
  10. Take him to the vet. I would also worm him for tape and round worms.

    Give him lots of small meals. Feeding him too much to quick will hurt him. Also, no tuna. Get some high calorie wet cat food. Wet kitten food will also work good. Also get some KMR, or kitten milk replacer and mix a little of the powder into the wet cat food. That should help get his weight up. Also, you can give him the KMR instead of water so that when he is drinking he also gets some calories. The only milk you can give him is kitten milk replacer, no cows milk.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2008

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