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Old May 29th, 2008, 09:17 AM
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Stress To My Cat

Hi, I am just finding this site and was reading an article and plea from someone whose cat is starving herself. Not sure if you will read this, but anyhow.

My cat has done this several times in his life due to me moving. He will starve himself and I have to force feed him. Doesn't sound quite the same to me though. His liver actually shut down after two weeks 6 years ago and the vet had to put a feeding tube in his neck. It worked! His liver started to regain its strength after about 3 weeks of tube feeding, than he took over himself. I am not sure if your vet has any Science Diet A/D perscription diet canned food, but that is the only thing my cat will eat when he gets like this. I am actually going through this again with him, but know what to look for now. I also have gotten appetite stimulators for him, however, they make him groggy and wobbly. He isn't too social when he has them either, but he does eat, which is more important than socializing at this point.

Good luck to you and hope both our friends start eating on their own shortly.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 01:02 PM
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Old May 30th, 2008, 12:27 AM
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As you well know, stress can be very serious with cats. If they stop eating, then the fat mobilizes to the liver, and.....

It is important to note that the most common source of stress in a cat is changes in the environment. This can be moving, new roommate, different furniture, or even new outside cats - their sprays can be identified by the inside cats. Feliway spray is a phermone spray that can help reduce cat stress. The website is www.feliway.com (I recommend the UK site over the USA site). Also during times of stress, increasing number of food bowls, water bowls, vertical perches and litter boxes can help reduce the stress of cats.

Hope that helps.
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