Thursday, March 11, 2010

Arthur's Mouth Checks Out, But He Still Won't Eat



It feels like we're living with an anorexic food connoisseur. Arthur has a great interest in food and being fed, but doesn't touch anything we give him now. He actually is nagging us for food and circling the food bowls and rubbing his mouth against the bowls, but no matter what food we put in there, he won't touch it.

I actually think the amount of food he is eating now is less than before we put the tube in. Perhaps he is less naturally hungry, because he is getting nourishment from us. But we're very concerned.

Today, we took him back to our excellent new vet, Manhattan Cat Specialists, for a scheduled check-in / check-up. The doctor said that Arthur definitely looks better than he did last Friday. He is much less jaundiced and he has gained weight. The doctor also noticed that he is friskier and generally acts more like a healthy cat.

That said, Arthur still had a low-grade fever when they took his temperature at the doctor's office today. They said maybe he gets a little warmer from stress so they asked us to take his temp at home later in the week and get back to them.

The vet did check out Arthur's mouth at our request and said that his teeth and gums look fine. The vets going theory is that Arthur isn't eating because he is nauseous so he gave us anti-nausea medicine. We fed to Arthur today, but he still isn't eating on his own. However, he does seem to be making his nauseous face much less and he sat still for his feedings.

11 comments:

Minemine et coe said...

Arthur in any condition, is still a beautiful cat, a Golden boy.
I read from a Anitra Frazier's book : "The liver has a miraculous ability to regenarate itself if given adequate nutritional support and help." She add : "Feed a high-quality diet with as much raw food as possible." May be you could ask the opinion of your new vet on the subject of raw food in Arthur state ?
Good luck et thank you for the news on Arthur condition.

Linda

Anonymous said...

Awwww I love Arthur's little shaved belly!!! I'll bet the anti-nausea meds will kick in a day or two and Arthur will be just fine. It's great that he acts like he wants to eat. Keep trying new foods along with whatever was his previous "very favorite soft food". Eventually he'll come around. Try the stinkiest (of course high quality) food you can find. Also try canned tuna in oil (more calories), canned sardines (very stinky, so sometimes very appealing to those with low appetites), try anything which smells. That works with my Harley when she loses interest. At least for awhile, it helps. I'm so glad you checked his teeth too. Keep trying, we know you will... Arthur is a lovey boy, and you are such good kitty-parents!! (from socidoc) Much love to you all.

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Junior and Orion said...

Come on Arthur....start eating on your own buddy!

Anonymous said...

P.S. Maybe you've tried this, but try dabbing some stinky food right onto his nose! :) Then he'll lick it off! (from socidoc)

mizzyN said...

go arthur go!

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

Well good news & not so good news today.
I know that after I've been sick with some major illness it takes me a while to get my appetite back and I eat very lightly for awhile. Maybe its the same with kitties.
I sure wish I could pet that tummy!

CynCyn said...

Hello Avram and Liz,
I didn't do a thorough read of the last several posts, but I'm guessing Arthur has hepatic lipidosis? if so...Is he on some meds to help his liver heal? My Cosmo had hepatic lipidosis and we had several liver support meds while he recovered (denosyl, L-Carnitine, etc). In addition, we had antibiotics (flagyl), and mirtazapine (appetite stimulant) which worked wonders. Famotodine/pepcid was also used...

It took about 7 weeks before I got the tube removed (last 2 weeks we didn't use the tube at all, just making sure he was eating enough to sustain his weight).

As for tube feeding, I gave the same amt of food through the tube no matter how much he ate, and I didn't wait for him to eat first. During the day, I kept my boys separated so I could monitor how much he ate, but otherwise I let them be together.

feel free to email me...

Happy Cat Family said...

Hi Avram, Just a thought worthy trying, that has happened to me here, and maybe it is what is going on with him too...
Try feeding him off his food bowl. Yes, put his food directly on the floor, on a different area, or on the place mat, a peace of paper, but not on his food bowl... Try to see if he eat... Here is the logic behind this: He can be associating the food bowl/plate with pain, and can be afraid of eating from it. Much the same way a cat who has an UTI relate the urination pain to the litterbox and start urinating outside of it.
My cat just stopped eating because of a painful tooth problem, and developed this trauma... She is having a hard time eating out of her food bowl... She will eat out of the floor, couch, paper... and she will do like your boy, look at me with hungry eyes, smell the food, circle the plate, then pretend to cover it up...
Anyways... Try it... Maybe it works...
It's great to know Arthur is improving so much!!!

Anonymous said...

Arthur is such a sweet kitty. Have you tried valium? It worked on our cats when they wouldn't eat. Hope Arthur is licking his chops soon.

Kitchen worktops dude said...

Aw, bless. I hope he feels better soon :(