Cleo's Progress

One Cat's Struggle with Feline Hepatic Lipidosis

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Help with force feeding your cat

Are you having to force feed your cat? Do you need more information on force feeding?

I had to force feed my cat, Cleo, for about four weeks back in 2005. She had stopped eating because a dog was introduced into the household, and as a result of her "hunger strike," developed feline hepatic lipidosis, also known as fatty liver syndrome.

More recently, I force fed my cat a few times over a several-day period. Her appetite had disappeared and she lost three pounds over a period of a month or so, so I was naturally concerned about a recurrence of fatty liver syndrome. Luckily, she started eating on her own, and we have kept her on a diet of wet food ever since.

Also, long before Cleo got sick, my family had a cat that developed kidney failure. In the last weeks of his life, he stopped eating and we had to force feed him via a syringe. It was during that period that I developed my methods of force feeding a cat, so force feeding Cleo in 2005 wasn't anything new to me.

However, I realize that most people whose cats develop feline hepatic lipidosis/fatty liver disease probably have no clue how to force feed a cat. Luckily, there is help: This article does a great job of explaining how to syringe feed a cat. I'll also post with my own instructions at a future date.



  • At August 18, 2011 at 4:23 PM , Blogger LucyBurmese5 said...

    My 6 year old burmese cat has become very poorly, we are yet to get a clear diagnosis - I have been referred to a feline specialist and am taking him there monday, but he has symtoms of a nasty liver problem similar to FLD. We are currently force feeding him hills a/d through a syringe. I just want to say how helpful your blog has been, and the comments posted have given us a little more hope that our little man may be able to recover.


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