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Please help - FeLV+ cat isn't eating

June 9th, 2011, 10:11 AM
Hi all. I recently took in a 1 and 1/2 year old stray. When I took her to the vet, we found out she is FeLV+. The vet said we could remain "cautiously optimistic" since she seemed otherwise healthy, but warned us that, like every other FeLV+ cat, she could decline rapidly.

Well, in the past few days, she's barely touched her food. It's really worrying me. She normally eats her dry food like crazy (she's not a fan of wet even though I put it out every evening...she won't eat it), but for the past 2-3 days she's only eaten a couple of bites. I'll put out 1/2 cup in the morning and measure it the next morning and it's still 1/2 cup. She seems to have been going to the bowl twice a day and eating a couple nibbles.

There wasn't any stool in her litter this morning so now I'm even more concerned. My particular vet is only in on weekends and I'd rather try to get him on the phone since he knows her condition. She's drinking plenty of water but just sniffs her food.

Do any of you have experience with FeLV cats and this sort of problem? Do you think we'll need to try syringe feeding? I know this problem is common among FeLV+ cats, I am just wondering how I can remedy it before her health starts going down the tubes. Poor thing...

I've had cats my whole life and she is quite possibly the sweetest and most affectionate. She found us, you know. I'm very distraught over this whole thing and would appreciate any help. Thank you.

EDIT: Just called the vet's office and was told that I'll be called back after 5 today. So we'll see. They've been kind of unresponsive so I'm not betting on it...

June 9th, 2011, 11:46 AM
So sorry to hear about your sweety. :grouphug: I hope this is just a temp thing and she bounces back soon!

In the meantime, perhaps ask your vet about an appetite stimulant. You could also try feeding her different foods besides what she normally eats, like plain chicken baby food, lightly broiled or boiled chicken, maybe some plain unsweetened yogurt, some stinky canned food like Fancy Feast fish flavours, Temptations cat treats....whatever it takes to get her eating. Here are some other tips for enticing an inappetant cat:

You might also want to join this Yahoo group for caretakers of FeLV+ cats: Sometimes the best advice comes from others who are living with this every day.

Good luck! :fingerscr

June 9th, 2011, 06:18 PM
Thank you very much! I will definitely check out the link and heed your advice for future episodes.

Thankfully, for some reason, she's eating now. All it took was a different wet food (no idea!). Chunks instead of minced wet food.

The vet called me back (not the one who usually sees her, but a diff. one from the office) before she started eating again and he was like, "Well we can put her to sleep this weekend." !?!? I was like, "Uh, she's fine otherwise, she's just not really eating." Sheesh. I think she's got more than a weekend left in her. :)