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05-16-2010 04:59 AM
SnufflePuff
Re: Still not healthy!

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Originally Posted by Hedgiepets
I would suggest giving her a little bit of yogurt. That will give her good bacteria, and maybe help with the absorption of the nutrients in the food.
I think I'll give this a try too. Any particular kinds that are better than others? I know to steer clear of ones with aspartame, anything else to watch out for?

Thanks!
05-15-2010 05:41 PM
Lilysmommy
Re: Still not healthy!

Small amounts of some dairy food is okay to feed, such as plain yogurt or cottage cheese. You just want to be careful to not offer too much, and don't offer it very often. Yogurt can be good because of the good bacteria that's in it.
05-15-2010 05:33 PM
Sela
Re: Still not healthy!

I thought yogurt was dangerous because it's dairy? o-o
05-15-2010 11:31 AM
Hedgiepets
Re: Still not healthy!

I would suggest giving her a little bit of yogurt. That will give her good bacteria, and maybe help with the absorption of the nutrients in the food.
05-15-2010 02:40 AM
chaos_emerald
Re: Still not healthy!

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I'll let you know if I find anything that works really well!
Please do! I'll do likewise. Thanks a ton
05-13-2010 02:29 PM
SnufflePuff
Re: Still not healthy!

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Originally Posted by chaos_emerald
Has Chloe started gaining anything back? I just wonder how long it will take. Emmy's appetite still hasn't really recovered since Feb. Sheesh! I'll definitely throw in more baby cat. I just worry about too much fat and her liver, but I guess anything to get some weight back on.

I would really love not to do the blood work and have her sedated again. The vet bill today was not cheap, not to mention this is the 3rd of 4th time we've gone since Feb. They turn out to be expensive little critters. And for some reason I want more! :P
Nope. Chloe is still losing. Which is weird because the past 3-4 nights she's been eating 30-35 kibble per night which is actually more than she was eating before the URI (her normal is 25-30 kibble per night - never been a big eater). Last night she was down to 460g and that was pre-poop so I don't know what to do with her! Her mix is now foods from 12%-20% fat, and I'm slowly adding more of the 20% fat foods. Chloe's sides are looking a little bittle sinky )( also so I'm not too sure what to do! I'm starting to cut her kibble up as well, but making sure not to leave put any crumbs in, so hopefully that will encourage more kibble intake.

I'll let you know if I find anything that works really well!

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Originally Posted by Nancy
My gang have always preferred X or Y shaped kibble as opposed to pellet, oval or round.
Blue Spa and Blue Buffalo Brand have Y Shaped kibbles but the weight control versions are lower in fat content (around 9%) so you'd have to probably get the adult or kitten version.
05-12-2010 11:49 PM
chaos_emerald
Re: Still not healthy!

Thanks so much everyone
05-12-2010 11:14 PM
Nancy
Re: Still not healthy!

My gang get Chicken Soup Cat Lite and Solid Gold Katz'n'Floken which are both X shaped. I believe all the Chicken Soup versions are X shaped so you could try it in the regular version.
05-12-2010 10:40 PM
chaos_emerald
Re: Still not healthy!

She'll be 2 in June.
I think she's a little thin, her sides sink in some. And when she was sedated today, just seeing her lying flat made her look too thin. She looked like she had deflated or something it was really sad. I can try to get a pick of her. I'm sure y'all could tell better than I can. I've never seen a pic of a skinny hedgie all I know is their sides would be )( instead of ()
I will acquire a pill cutter as soon as I have time, hopefully in the next few days, and we'll see if fresh food helps any.
Also Nancy, which brands are Y/X shaped? I wouldn't mind giving that a try, too.
05-12-2010 08:48 PM
Nancy
Re: Still not healthy!

It may be that she is having difficulty eating the full sized kibble. This doesn't mean she has an oral tumour. Sometimes their jaws aren't strong enough. I've had most older ones need softened kibble but even a 1 and some 2 year olds.

RC Baby Cat is generally loved by most because of it's small hedgie sized pieces and the fact that it is higher in fat so really yummy. While it is great for ill and recovering hedgies, sometimes they will decide it is all they want to eat. Instead of feeding it, you could go to a regular kibble which is higher in fat than the light, but not as high as kitten or baby cat. Try breaking up the pieces to make them easier to eat for her. If you do break it up, try to avoid giving her crumbs. For some reason, crumbs sometimes will turn some of them off. I think seeing crumbs they know the food has been broken. My gang have always preferred X or Y shaped kibble as opposed to pellet, oval or round.

If she's not skinny, I wouldn't really worry too much about putting weight back on and just make sure she is eating a decent amount. How old is she?
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