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One Cat's Struggle with Feline Hepatic Lipidosis

Monday, March 8, 2010

Force-feeding your cat: Planning a feeding schedule

It can be hard to squeeze 6 or more feedings into one day, so it may help to plan a sort of feeding schedule. Remember, getting plenty of food into your cat is the key to them surviving fatty liver disease (feline hepatic lipidosis), but feeding too much at once will make vomiting more likely, so small but regular feedings are important.

If you work part time or work from home, planning your feeding schedule will be the easiest. However, if you have other obligations you will need to try to plan around them as best you can. You can plan feedings about 2 hours apart, a little bit less if you have to but not much less — too much in your cat's stomach will make vomiting more likely.

As an example, if you work from 8 to 5, you can feed at 5:30am when you get up (5:30 and 6:00 if you split the first meal into two feedings), 7:30 just before you leave for work, 5:30pm as soon as you get home from work, and again at 7:30, 9:30, and 11:30. You will be tired, to be sure, but you can stand a month or two of that schedule if it means the difference between life and death for your cat!

As a variation on that schedule, if you can go home on your lunch break you can feed at that time. That will leave you with only 3 feedings for the evening, instead of 4, which may make the evening schedule a little more manageable.

The actual schedule you use isn't as important as just sticking with it. The smaller and more frequent the feedings, the less likely your cat is to throw up. Also, a good feeding schedule makes it more likely that you will be successful in getting enough food into your cat!



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