We are trying to figure out how to make this more efficient. It is very time-consuming. Please send tips! Four times a day, we do this now at every feeding:
I. First offering Arthur a bowl of canned food, which we have weighed and calorie counted.
II. Driving his brother Beowful out of the room and locking him in the bedrooom (we have a 1 bedroom apt so not much room here), but we don't want to hurt Beowulf's feelings so we lock him in with dry food (he won't usually eat wet). We have to isolate Arthur from Beowulf during feedings b/c Arthur won't eat in his presence and, if Beowulf should eat from the same bowl, we won't know how many calories Arthur got.
III. Wait about 30 min or so to make sure Arthur is really done eating, while dealing with angry screams from Beowulf to let him out of the bedroom or while letting him out and watching him to make sure he stays in the livingroom.
IV.Prepare the syringes with food and medicine while deducting the amount of calories Arthur ate (he is usually eating an ounce of food out of a 3 oz can - so maybe 25 to 30 calories, which lets us deduct a fair amount from his syringe)
V. Find Arthur, lay him down in his bed, try to get him relaxed. Inject 5 ml of water into tube to flush it. Then his regular feeding 25 to 45 ml depending on how many calories we deduct.
We are feeding him at the rate of 2 lines on the syringe (2 ml) per minute so just the syringe feeding alone is taking like 15 to 20 minutes, after prepping the syringe (5 min), and giving him the original food and waiting for him to eat it (30 min). The whole process is easily an hour or more and that's 4 times a day.