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Date:9/16/2014 11:44:44 AM
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Hello Miss Cori! Sorry It's Taken So Long to Get
...back to you but Mom has been researching your good Momma's predicament with treatment for that kitty-cat. She does sound like she is suffering but I bet she feels very safe right now. To encourage the patient to drink more, sources Mom found gave different ideas. One said that cats are keenly aware of the temperature of the water. It should be cool. Room temperature and warm water, they usually will pass up. It does make a difference with how dehydrated they are. Another source said holding the cat with just a little amount in a very small bowl may encourage the cat to drink . Then another said to use a dropper even & if the cat is real weak, it may take it like that a few millimeters at a time. The dropper may get a drop on the cat's mouth area & that may help start them to accept more. Don't expect it to take a lot at a time at first. That could make it throw up. Make sure it takes small but frequent drinks. It is a lot of hands on work. Tell her to make a chart to make sure of the times and guesstimates of how much. It will help her keep her sanity and good info for the vet.

Concerning its eating solid foods, when cats are starving, once they do get food they just gorge themselves because they don't know when they will be getting food again. This is what can lead to an obese animal & is commonly seen when a cat who's lived wild or on the streets, they get a home and they eat & eat not knowing anything else to do because of the days of starvation. That makes a BIG impression on the smallest of animals. Measured amounts & note it down with the water intake.

The 2 outside kitties that live here, Buster & Callie were in the same situation but they were the kittens of a cat just like what your Mom found. The back bone & ribs showing. When Mom was feeding the outside birds in February 2007, she met the Momma kitty who took shelter in an urn that Mom has in her garden. She lays it on it's side & grows annuals like they're running like liquid out of it. Well, Momma Kitty had taken shelter there. Temps were 15 degrees & very windy. Mom was startled because when she filled the birdfeeder, out came that kitty! Mom could see she was pregnant and she was SO SWEET. She had a wild male kitty with her but Mom could never get him to come to her. Mom was worried about that cat and went back in to make some phone calls. Then she disappeared for a long time.

Mom knows your good Momma knows the importance of getting the water in the kitty cat. Don't know if we helped any but we are concerned for that kitty & hope all goes well for it & it drinks water real soon. Cats also get a lot of their water from the liquids in the foods they eat. They absorb it quicker than say we or dogs do. Saying some prayers & keeping our toes crossed. Good night Miss Cori & Miss BooBoo. Hugs SamIAm
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