Melissa Returns: Saving a Traumatized Kitten

 

Overcoming Trauma and Grief at 10 Weeks Old

by Nedda Wittels
Copyright © 2022

Crate with litter box, cave, and food.

Melissa’s safe space.

Melissa arrived at my house around 11 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2021, after more than 12 hours of travel, most of which was on Amtrak.

She was in a state of physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion and trauma.

She was grieving intensely for her mother, father, siblings, and extended family, who all lived together in a feline community at Indian Spring Cattery in Virginia.

The trip on Amtrak had been noise, jostling, and terrifying to Melissa.

She hadn’t eaten or had anything to drink since that morning.  (Kittens typically don’t want to eat or drink when traveling, and to prevent travel sickness, they’re not usually offered food on a one-day trip.)

Melissa was also confused:  she wasn’t sure she had arrived where she was supposed to be!

It was dark in the car on the ride home from New Haven, so I couldn’t see how upset Melissa was.

I inadvertently added to her confusion by asking her what her name was. With her new body and beautiful clear energy, I had supposed that she might have chosen a new name.

I discovered days later that my questions about a name caused Melissa to decide that I didn’t recognize her and that she had had been given to the wrong person.

When she was finally able to talk to me about her name, it was clear that Melissa was the name she wanted, as it would prove to her that I knew who she was.

Cary Hanson, assistant to Dr. Doug Shar who owns Indian Spring Cattery, had brought Melissa to New Haven.  She was in Connecticut visiting family, and generously gave me her phone number in case there were problems.

I am very, very grateful to Cary for all her help that weekend.  We spoke several times, and her assistance was invaluable and critical to a successful turn around for Melissa.

First Things First:  Food, Water, and Electrolytes.

Melissa exploring inside the crate.

Melissa looking at a towel I used to keep the crate door from closing.

Every kitten at 10 weeks of age needs to eat at least 4 times a day and possibly more often that that.

Kittens grow very fast, but their tiny stomachs can’t hold enough food to keep up with their need for nutrition.

It’s best to have bowls of food available for free choice eating 24/7 so they can eat whenever they’re hungry.

Once at my house, I offered Melissa food and water, but she refused everything.

The canned food was exactly what the Indian Spring said they had been feeding the kittens, so it was familiar to her.

I also showed her the litter box, which had the same litter she was familiar with.  Fortunately, she immediately urinated in the litter box.

Then I noticed that Melissa was drooling.  This is a sign of severe distress.  It also meant fluid loss, which wasn’t a good thing since she wasn’t drinking.

Water and Electrolytes by Dropper

When she refused to eat or drink, I immediately started giving her both plain water and electrolytes by dropper.

Melissa clamped her mouth tightly shut and struggled to get out of my strong but gentle hold on her.

I had to force tiny drops of liquid into the side of her mouth – just 2 or 3 drops at a time so she wouldn’t choke on them.

The wet food was pate, and I added a bit of water and electrolytes and tried to get that into her as well, but had little success.  She kept spitting out whatever I managed to get into her mouth.

By Saturday afternoon I was very worried.

Important Products to Help Melissa Relax

I did the best I could to create a peaceful, loving space for her.

Rescue Remedy – I put some directly onto Melissa and misted it around the room.  This seemed to have little to no effect.

Grief Relief (FES brand) flower essence formula – I put some on her paws, face, and body, but it didn’t seem to help, either.

Homeopathic Ignatia 30 C – I gave her a dose of this remedy well known for assisting with trauma and grieving.  This, too, had no observable effect.

Feliway, the feline pheromone spray – On Saturday, I ran out and bought a spray bottle of it since the plugins I had ordered hadn’t arrived.  It’s  supposed to help cats and kittens calm down.  I sprayed some onto a soft, cuddly toy I had bought and put it into the cat cave, encouraging Melissa cuddle up with it.  She refused to have anything to do with it.

Peaceful Music – I began to chant a very peaceful Sanskrit chant that ‘s used in the ashram I go to at mealtimes.  It did seem to quiet her a bit, but she still drooled and refused food.

Gentle, Loving Handling

I cut up a very old, super-soft wash cloth into 4 pieces, using them to gently wash and dry her off.  She enjoyed being rubbed, but continued to drool.

In fact, if anything in the room moved, including me, her drooling would intensify, or if previously stopped for a moment, immediately start up again.

I had a soft brush I had bought that felt like a cat tongue, but Melissa didn’t seem to like it much.  I decided it was probably too harsh for her tender little body.

Melissa didn’t want me to pick her up, didn’t make eye contact, didn’t try to connect with me.  She just lay limply in my arms, and when she did move, would bite or scratch me and try to get away.

Did I think I had a kitten-proof room?

I was keeping Melissa in the crate at night, hoping that would help her feel safe.

During the day, I encouraged her to move around the room – to stretch, to use a scratching post, and to explore her space.  I even hoped she might become interested in a toy or two.

Despite all my careful plans for kitten-proofing the room, Melissa would look for and find places to hide.

I had to keep moving things around to make sure I could find her to try to get food and water into her, and that upset her, too.

Overwhelming Grief and Depression

Whenever I lifted Melissa out of her bed to hold her, feed her, and clean off the drool, I would talk to her.

I told her how happy I was that she had come back.

I told her how much I loved her, and that Starlight and I were very happy to see her in her new, beautiful body.

I told her that I knew I couldn’t replace her real mother – that I wouldn’t even try.  I knew her mother was very special, and that I loved her parents for giving her this new life.

I told her that I would take very good care of her and help her settle in to her new home.

I told her how important is was that she eat and drink on her own.

Melissa wasn’t saying much back to me except an occasional “I want to go home” in the saddest, most grief-stricken little telepathic voice imaginable.

Home was where her parents were, not here.

Melissa’s longing for home – her mother especially – was so intense, so plaintive that I felt like crying myself.

No matter what I did, she refused to be comforted.

I could feel Melissa’s intense grief and sadness.  Because I’m a strong empath, I could also feel Golda, her mother, was very worried about her.  Golda’s energy was all around Melissa trying desperately to comfort and support her.  I telepathically reassured Golda that I was doing all I could for her daughter.

While between incarnations, Melissa had told me she had found the perfect mother – someone who was very warm, loving, and nurturing.  Golda certainly fit the bill.

Melissa longed for the touch of her mother’s tongue, the smell of her mother’s body, and the warmth a kitten feels when piled up with siblings and family.

I felt like I had stolen someone’s child!  How is it we think it’s fine to take 8 or 9 or even 10 or 12-week old babies from healthy mothers just because they’re kittens or puppies and are eating from a bowl instead of a nipple?

How can we justify this?

I had never thought about the emotional impact of it, nor about the loss the parents of these babies must feel.

To see a photo and read a description of Golda, tap or click on this link
Indian Spring Cats: Meet the Parents
and scroll down the page a bit.
To see and read about Choco, Melissa’s father, scroll a bit further.

Starlight’s Experience Had Been Very Different

Starlight shortly after she arrived.

When Starlight came to me in 2012 at 9 weeks of age, she was ready to come – excited to come.

While she missed the large family she had had at Reprise Siamese Cattery, she was thrilled to be back with me.

Starlight was filled with joy and love when she arrived.  She recognized me immediately, ate well, and was playful.  She had never been a cat before, so she was figuring it all out.

Starlight is a very sensitive being, and she got all the attention a baby needed.

I thought I was prepared to take care of Melissa, but I quickly realized that Melissa needed me to be even more attentive and nurturing.

The Danger of Dehydration Had to Be Overcome.

Both dehydration and lack of food cause mental confusion and can lead to death. Dehydration also causes an animal to reject food.

While Melissa didn’t immediately need veterinary care, I was determined to do as much as I could to avoid taking Melissa to an emergency clinic for subcutaneous fluids.  That experience, while helpful physically, would add to her trauma.

Could I get her through this and avoid another car trip, avoid going into a strange place with people she didn’t know and smells and sounds that might frighten her even more?

Every hour or two, day and night, I did my best to get liquid and food into Melissa

I’m very familiar with the symptoms of dehydration in cats because my cat, Violet, had been in renal failure for the last 2 years of her life.  Violet had lived to be nearly 18 without needing subcutaneous fluids, taking several droppers full of electrolytes each day.

To succeed with Melissa, I had to get past her clamped jaw so she would swallow some liquid.

Would it be enough?

When cats become dehydrated, they exhibit some very clear symptoms.  The one I kept closest watch on was the Pinch Test.

  • Normally, when you pinch the skin at the back of a cat’s neck, it should immediately rebound.
  • If it moves slowly back, there is some dehydration.
  • If it doesn’t return to normal, dehydration is severe and this is a RED ALERT situation!  Subcutaneous fluids are needed immediately to avoid death.

The Danger of Not Eating Had to Be Defeated.

Adult cats cannot go without food for more than 3 days without their livers starting to collapse.  I don’t know what the timing is for kittens, but I was very aware of this deadline.  Melissa had eaten before leaving the cattery on Friday morning, and somehow I had to get her to eat on her own.

The cattery had provided specific information about what they had fed the kittens, and I had purchased the canned food, but not the dry food.

When I first spoke with Cary on Saturday, she told me Melissa really liked the dry food, so out I ran to Stop and Shop where they sold it.  Melissa only ate a few pieces.

On Sunday, I was still desperate to get Melissa to eat.  Cary suggested Greek Yogurt.  Back to Stop & Shop I went.  Melissa ate only 2 or 3 licks.

I was still giving electrolytes and water by dropper every hour or two, and I was still putting bits of canned food into her mouth which she was spitting out.

Two things happened on Monday morning that saved Melissa from a trip to a vet clinic.

1- I called the office of Dr. Charles Loops, an experienced homeopathic veterinarian in North Carolina where I was already a client.  I requested and received emergency assistance.

Dr. Loops said to use Ignatia at 1M potency – that the 30C was far too weak.

This had an immediate dramatic effect on Melissa.  It began shifting her out of her state of grief and trauma, and made her more interested in eating and drinking.

Regarding homeopathy:  It’s been my experience that when you give the correct homeopathic remedy, an animal or human will often sleep for a bit as the remedy begins to work.  Melissa went into a relaxed sleep with the very first dose.  When she woke up, she was better than I had seen her since she had arrived and showed actual interest in food and water.

Ignatia 1M became the remedy I used with Melissa over the coming weeks with enormous success.  She continued to improve with each dose.

2- Cary Hansen suggested I offer Melissa raw chicken breast.  I feed raw chicken to my cats anyway, so I plenty on hand.  I just warmed up and pureed some.

Melissa immediately ate some chicken with relish.  This was a big turning point.  I could now add electrolytes directly into the food until she no longer needed them.  Melissa was on the road to recovery at last!

The Miracle That Is Starlight

Starlight grooming.

My feline heroine!

Throughout the weekend and into the following weeks, Starlight was amazing.

I was able to count on her to be supportive and totally cooperative and helpful.

She never minded how much time I was spending with the kitten and how much less time she was having with me.

She never minded that I smelled from another cat, a stranger, who smelled very different from the Melissa she and I had previously known.

She never sat outside the door of Melissa’s room yowling or hissing or carrying on in any way, something some other cats would have done.

She never even tried to get into the room when I delivered bowls of water or anything else to Melissa.  She would be there with me out of feline curiosity, but respected that it wasn’t time for her to meet Melissa.

Starlight has always been a great blessing, a great friend, a terrific companion to me in many lifetimes.  No matter what physical form Starlight has chosen when she’s with me, I have always been able to count on her.  I am enormously grateful.

SUCCESS at last!

By the end of the first week, Melissa was eating and drinking on her own, playing a bit, and exploring her private space.

Melissa playing with a rag toy.

Infinite gratitude and appreciation to:

Karen Nowak and Leslie Russell,
dear friends who supported me through this critical time.

Dr. Doug Shar from Indian Spring Cats,
who provided such an excellent place where Melissa could return.

 Cary Hansen, Dr. Shar’s assistant,
who brought Melissa to me, and whose advice helped me get Melissa to eat and drink.

Golda and Choco, Melissa’s beautiful and loving parents.

Dr. Charles Loops and staff, who responded quickly to my call for help.

My beloved Starlight, who was a complete angel throughout.

Melissa, who bravely reincarnated to be with Starlight and me once again.

There’s more to the saga of Melissa.
Look for the next installment coming soon.

Melissa Returns: A Difficult Beginning

 

A New Body.  A New Life Plan.

by Nedda Wittels
Copyright © 2022

Melissa photo from cattery.

Melissa 9 weeks old. Photo by Indian Spring Cattery, VA.

I expected to wait for months and months for Melissa to reincarnate.  In fact, I had asked Melissa to wait until February, 2022.  Being Melissa, she hadn’t said she would do that, but she also didn’t say “no” to my request.  Still, when the email with the photo arrived in early December, I was surprised.

Starlight and I had gotten into a very comfortable rhythm in our life together since Melissa had been euthanized in August, 2021.  Although I wanted Melissa to come back, I was willing to give Starlight as much time as she needed to explore being an only cat.

Then on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, I received an email from Indian Spring Cattery in Virginia.  I had contacted the breeder, Dr. Doug Schar, in early October, explaining that I expected my friend in spirit, Melissa, to return, and that she had told me she had found a breeding female at his cattery that she wanted for a mother.

I also explained I was a professional Animal Communicator, and that I’d recognize her from a photo.  It would be a female kitten, a Tonkinese.

To my amazement, Dr. Schar was completely open to helping me find the returning Melissa, even with his rule about kittens going to people in the order in which they send in a deposit.  He had experienced a feline friend return to him, which made it easier for him to understand my situation.

The circumstances surrounding this kitten were interesting.   She was supposed to go to a family that had suddenly decided to move and couldn’t take her.  Clearly, the Soul or Spirit of Melissa must have had advanced information, otherwise, why take this body if it meant ending up somewhere else?

Human reactions can be complex and complicated.  I took one look at the photo, and burst into tears and sobs.  Clearly my heart had instantly recognized her.  Meanwhile, my mind was telling me this couldn’t possibly be Melissa.  So for the first 24 hours, my mind and my heart were in this strange dance.

Once I accepted my heart’s knowledge as “truth,” I had more challenges to address.  I, myself, couldn’t go to Virginia to pick up the kitten.  Fortunately, there was an unexpected, miraculous solution.

Cary Hanson, Dr. Shar’s assistant, was coming to Connecticut by Amtrak on Friday, December 10, to visit family.  If this was Melissa, all I had to do was to meet them at New Haven’s Amtrak station that Friday evening, and the kitten would be delivered into my arms.

I spent the rest of the week organizing for Melissa’s arrival.  I can’t remember now everything I did, but here are just a few of the things I do recall.

  • Set up the St. Bernard-size dog crate to contain the kitten.
  • Kitten-proof the room — not a small task.
  • Buy everything she needed, especially the food she had been weaned onto, the litter she’d was accustomed to, toys for a baby kitten, and more.
  • I had to make sure that Starlight was going to be OK with the sudden return of Melissa.
  • Find someone to drive me to New Haven on a Friday evening.  I can’t drive safely at night, nor on interstate highways.

I said many prayers that all would come together in Divine Right timing.

I’m very lucky, graced, in fact, to have some amazing friends who were eager to help and who considered a trip to New Haven to get a kitten a fun adventure.

With great excitement we arrived in New Haven with time to spare, and then had to wait several hours due to train delays.  When Cary finally arrived, she climbed into my friends’ car and we moved a kitten from one carrier to another and took care of all the paper work.

It was a 2 hours drive back to my house.  Melissa had been on the road since about 10 a.m. that morning and we got home close to midnight.  She hadn’t eaten or used the litter box since leaving the cattery.

When I took her out of the carrier, I noticed that she was wet.  She was drooling.  She was limp and not very responsive.  Clearly, she was traumatized.

I put her into the litter box, but she just seemed dazed.  Fortunately, she did urinate.

I offered her water and food, but she wouldn’t eat or drink. This was not a good sign.

Holding her and stroking her and speaking softly to her didn’t elicit any reaction.

I placed her into the warm and soft cat cave I had ready for her, and she just lay there, completely limp.

Because I’m a strong emotional empath, I could feel her overwhelming grief, loss, confusion, and terror.

I already had sprayed the room with Rescue Remedy, and I put some on Melissa.  I had ordered Feliway, but it hadn’t yet arrived.

I managed to get a few drops of water into her mouth, despite her jaws being clamped shut.

For the next 3 days, I struggled to get food, water, and electrolytes into a kitten who was completely overwhelmed and who seemed not to recognize me.

Crate with litter box, cave, and food.

Melissa’s safe space.

Infinite gratitude and appreciation to:

Bob and Nishanto Kane,
dear friends drove me to New Haven to get Melissa.

There’s more to the saga of Melissa.
Look for the next installment coming soon.

 

Homemade All-Natural Feline Electrolytes

April 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Animal Communication, Animal Healing, New Posts

Providing the Potassium Cats Need

When In Renal Failure.

@ Nedda Wittels, 2011; Updated May 2, 2021

Image of Violet, Blue-Point Siamese.

Violet got home-made electrolytes for 2+ years prior to leaving at age 18.

NOTE:  This article is being revised because I have learned quite a bit about the uses of electrolytes and giving them to cats over the last 10 years.  The story about Violet is still true in every detail, but there is additional information and a change in the formula that I feel you find helpful in caring for a sick cat or dog.  Remember, I’m not a veterinarian, so please use discernment in determining what is best for your own animal companions.]

One of the most important nutrients for cats and dogs in renal failure is potassium in the form of a mineral salt.  When the kidneys are not functioning properly, potassium and other mineral salts tend to be washed out of the body.  This can lead to vomiting, reluctance to eat and to drink plain water, heart attacks, and death.

In addition, animals who have had diarrhea or vomiting, regardless of why they have diarrhea or have vomited, may reject food because their electrolytes are low.  This loss of electrolytes can become serious if not addressed, especially because cats can’t go more than a couple of days without eating some food.  If they don’t eat for 3 or more days,  their livers may start to break down.  (If you’re not sure of the accuracy of this last statement, please check with your veterinarian.)

In normal kidney function, the kidney’s are able to hold onto mineral salts and send them back into the body.  But when the kidneys are not functioning properly, the salts can be washed away.

If you, yourself, have ever needed electrolytes due to heavy sweating during the summer months, you know that being low in minerals salts is not pleasant.  You feel thirsty, but plain water doesn’t satisfy your thirst.  You may grow tired, weak, and confused as your body’s need for electrolytes increases.  You can develop nausea, diarrhea or constipation, and vomiting.

For humans and animals when electrolytes are depleted, death can result.  This makes it imperative to get your cat or dog back to eating something as quickly as possible.  Electrolytes can be key to restoring their appetite.

Most humans, when they need electrolytes, drink a mixture filled with chemicals and sugar.  Even Pedialyte, which is designed for human children, contains some chemicals which some animals can’t tolerate.

The sugar in electrolytes keeps the electrolyte formula from tasting bitter, and helps increase blood sugar rapidly when the body is depleted due to refusal to eat.  In an emergency, fluids of this type may be given intravenously.

Cats can’t handle very much sugar.  Their bodies aren’t designed for carbohydrates or sugar.  When your veterinarian gives subcutaneous fluids, the sugars are going into the body without going through the digestive system.  For humans and dogs, some carbs/sugars are OK to consume by mouth, but for cats, it’s not the best thing, and certainly not on a long-term basis.

Regular veterinary medicine uses medications and subcutaneous fluids which contain electrolytes.  The fluids are injected under a cat’s loose skin near the neck. In an extreme situation, I understand that this may be necessary, but whenever possible and for the longer-term process of renal failure, I prefer a natural approach.

And if your cat has vomited hairballs or food or even just liquid which cats sometimes due as a way to cleanse their body, giving some electrolytes helps them get back into balance quickly and back to eating quickly, too.

Back to my two elder cats in renal disfunction.

I kept searching for a natural formula and soon found a homemade one someone had devised for her children.  I altered it to make it suitable for my cats.  This is what Sakhara and Violet took for the last 2+ years of life.  I administered it by dropper to make sure both cats got the amount they needed.  Both cats took it readily.  It worked just fine for them, and neither cat needed any subcutaneous fluids for the entire time they remained in physical form.

I have an article on my website on how to teach your cat to take liquids by dropper.  It’s called Medicating Your Cat, and is in PDF format.

It’s definitely worth teaching yourself and your cat how to do this.  If you begin at a young age when you’re cat isn’t sick, you can give a few drops of plain water.  Once your cat accepts that easily, when they become sick, you’ll have a much easier time giving them liquid medications.

If your cat will accept electrolytes by dropper, that makes it easier for you to give them some when they are refusing food completely.

If your cat is eating, but not very much, you can put some electrolytes right into the food.

Just omit the honey from the following recipe, as the smell might not be familiar to your cat, and cats decide what is or isn’t edible based on how it smells.

If the formula is just water and the two salts, it has no smell and your cats will consume it in food quite readily.

Please read the disclaimer at the end of this article before trying this on your own.  Thank you.

HOME-MADE, ORGANIC ELECTROLYTE FORMULA

  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water (I prefer to use structured water because that’s better for the kidneys.)  Use spring or filtered water. AVOID chlorine and fluoride.

 

  • 1 Teaspoon raw honey  [OMIT this if you plan to use electrolytes in food.  If your cat hasn’t eaten for 24 hours, a little raw honey  in the electrolytes is a good thing, but raw honey has a strong odor.  It’s better than other sugars because it has natural antibiotic properties and is less sweet.  The honey you buy in supermarkets has been cooked and has other types of sugars added to it … and they don’t have to put that on the labels.)

 

  • 3/8 Teaspoon sea salt (Celtic Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt are the best choices.)Table salt from the supermarket has sugar in it.  What? You haven’t read the label recently and noticed this?  It’s called “sucrose.”  Table salt is missing all the trace minerals available in a good quality sea salt because its a byproduct from salt processed for other purposes.

 

  • 1/8 Teaspoon potassium salt (365 mg)  Sometimes called “potassium chloride” and available in health food stores in powder form.  I use the NOW brand Potassium Chloride Powder and that’s the basis for this measurement.

Enough water to make 2 full cups (16 ounces).

My veterinarian and I discussed the exact amount of potassium required, so I know the proportions are correct for my cats. 

If you need help determining how much to give your cat, please consider an Animal Communication Session in which I speak telepathically to your cat to find out how s/he is feeling and help the two of you create a plan-of-action for managing the situation.  I can’t muscle test or give suggestions without speaking with your animal and doing a body scan.

OTHER THINGS YOU WILL NEED to make the formula.

  • A glass bottle that will hold 2 cups of electrolyte liquid for storage purposes.
  • A 1-ounce brown dropper bottle for easy dispensing.
  • An extra dropper for dosing your cat so the dropper in the bottle isn’t contaminated.

MAKING THE ELECTROLYTES

  1. Put the raw honey into the warm water and stir.  I use a small wire whisk, but a fork will do as well.  You want to break up the honey and spread it through the water.
  2. Add the sea salt and potassium salt..
  3. Put the mixture into the glass bottle and add enough water to make 2 full cups.
  4. Shake well.  This distributes the ingredients evenly throughout the liquid.
  5. Pour about an ounce of this into the dropper bottle.
  6. Refrigerate both bottles.

TO SERVE

  • The serving size for MY cats to start off was 3 dropper pulls from the 1 ounce dropper bottle. (This is about 1 full dropper.  Check with your veterinarian to determine the correct amount for your cat.)

    I reduced the serving size when I felt that my cats’ potassium levels were restored to “normal” and that they needed less for daily maintenance.  I also make adjustments for hot summer days when they need to drink more water than in cooler weather.
    I used muscle testing to determine when and how much of a change is appropriate for my cats.  If you are not trained to muscle test, please consult someone who has this training or consult your veterinarian.
  • Squeeze the liquid into a small cup.
  • Then use the extra dropper to dose your cat.
  • ALWAYS put the liquid into the SIDE of your cat’s mouth.  This prevents choking.
  • Put a few drops ON THE CATS TONGUE.
  • Allow the cat time to swallow and TIME TO BREATHE between swallows.
  • Gently stroke your cat along the spine as the cat is swallowing and breathing.  This helps you both relax.

FREQUENCY  [see disclaimer below]

  • In the beginning, I gave 3 to 4 times a day for a few days to my cats.
  • After 3 to 4 days, I was able to drop back to dosing twice a day.
  • If you feel your cat needs more, discuss this with your veterinarian.

 

When you first start giving electrolytes, your cat’s potassium levels might be very low.  If this is the case, yout cat would benefit from 3 to 4 servings a day for a few days.  If you cat’s not eating, you can give some by dropper and then add a squirt or two extra into the food.  Many cats will start to eat again when given electrolytes.  The salt will also make them thirsty and they’ll start to drink again, too.

If you feel your cat still refuses to eat or drink, take your cat to the veterinarian immediately. There are occasions when subcutaneous fluids are a valuable emergency measure.

My cats have been taught to accept liquids from a dropper.  If you’ve never done this before with your cat, you can start by giving the cat a bit of room temperature water with the dropper.  The cat may resist at first, but will find that “It’s just water.”  This increases the cat’s willingness to accept from a dropper.

If your cat is healthy now, I’d get the cat used to this idea by giving some drops of plain water by dropper every now and then so that ultimately, your cat doesn’t think anything of this.

That’s what I’ve done with Starlight, the youngest member of my feline family, and now she’s very receptive to taking things by dropper.

 

FELINE FEEDBACK

SAKHARA:  “Yummy.”

VIOLET:  “They’re OK.  I don’t much like taking anything from a dropper, but this tastes OK and it does help me stay feeling good.  Before I got them, I felt pretty yucky and didn’t want to eat.”

 

< > < > DISCLAIMER < > < >

Nedda Wittels is not a veterinarian and does not diagnose or prescribe medications or treatments for humans or animals.  For diagnosis and treatment of cats with kidney disease, please consult your veterinarian.  The information provided here describes what worked for my cats. You are advised to discuss this approach with your veterinarian before trying it.