Casper is in the Hospital

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What a story of poor Casper. I can only chime in that some cats will eat Gerber's baby food meat, 2 sitter formula, no additives at all. A fountain might help as well. I have 2 or 3 in the house running all the time and they are used. My two new rescues prefer dry food but will eat a little bit of Fancy Feast Medley and Fancy Feast Savory formulations. They were always offered wet food when they were outside but given the lack of control of who ate what, I think that the dry food was more available.
 
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Thanks, again, everybody! :)

We're in recovery mode, just settling down after all the prodding and poking.

Casper seems to be getting back to normal. Just a while ago, he was doing one of his favorite things...

Making biscuits on his favorite furry pillow! :D

 
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Update:

Casper has been using the litter box every day for the past few days.
Tonight, after work, he came running out of the bathroom to make his usual “victory lap” around the house then I went in to check the box and there were two deposits.

He has been making deposits at least once per day for the last three days.
They are a little bit on the “muddy” side but, since he is on Cisaprid and an extra dose of Miralax, that is to be expected. Right?

The vet‘s instructions are to keep him on Cisaprid for ten days then go to every other day.
We’ll keep giving the meds and the laxative for the rest of the week before weaning down to a maintenance level.

He has been eating wet food every day. He accepted it a lot easier than we expected. It seems like Casper knows that he should be eating it. He’s spooky like that, sometimes.

His activity level has been better, too. Just recently he “helped” his Girl-Human with her crocheting. ;)


I wouldn’t say that Casper is out of the woods, yet, but he is doing better.

We will have to get his hernia taken care of but I think it best to do one thing at a time. Right?

So far, so good...

Thanks for all your support! :)
 

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I have one cat who is happy to eat wet food but only if we sprinkle a bit of Fortaflora on top. It’s not the cheapest solution but either is throwing away uneaten wet food. And since she also refuses to drink water, this allows us to keep her hydrated. I’d suggest adding a bit of water to Casper’s wet food, too.
 

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Glad to hear that the Cisapride ;) is living up to its reputation, Caspers Human Caspers Human !

K KatherineE - while Fortaflora is a goldmine for the vet industry, Brewers Yeast isn't and will help replenish your purse while (most likely) having the same effect. Just crumble a few flakes and sprinkle!
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I'm new here, but I've seen you guys around. Great to hear he's doing better! Returning issues are a nightmare.

Can I ask, when he only wanted dry food, was it because of the consistency or the taste do you think?

Get well soon, Casper. 😊
 
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Casper has food-insecurity issues. That’s a big part of the reason he’s so picky.

I had a long conversation with the vet about this.

Casper was abandoned and he suddenly found himself outdoors, fending for himself, not knowing where his next meal was coming from. The vet said that cats in this situation become picky eaters for fear of getting into something bad. Either poison, spoiled or unfit food that might make them sick. Once they find a source of safe food, they tend to stick to it.

Casper’s rescuers lured him in with Meow Mix brand dry food... bottom of the barrel stuff but appealing. His rehab foster family fed him the same. When we adopted him, that’s what he was eating so, for sake of comfort, we fed him, too.

Thats why it was so hard to switch him to eating Purina Cat Chow. It’s better quality but middle of the road stuff. As long as he was eating reasonably healthy food, we were happy.

Now that Casper has digestive trouble, we have to go through the whole ordeal of switching him to at least 50% canned food.

We keep a little bit of Cat Chow out for him so that he doesn’t worry about lack of food but we take it away when it’s time for him to eat canned.

Thanks for all your support! :)

Casper will be happy to know that there are people out there pulling for him and sending him good vibes! :vibes:
 

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If Casper likes to play, try making the food part of a game somehow. Throw a piece of dry food and make him run for it, reward him with his favourite food. Have a look at some of the feeding dishes that can be toys too. The things we do for our cats....
 

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Glad to hear that the Cisapride ;) is living up to its reputation, Caspers Human Caspers Human !

K KatherineE - while Fortaflora is a goldmine for the vet industry, Brewers Yeast isn't and will help replenish your purse while (most likely) having the same effect. Just crumble a few flakes and sprinkle!
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Nutritional yeast has a cheesy flavor that is also accepted by cats.

Another way I "spiced" up Krista's food when she was being picky was to crumble up freeze-dried food (Stella and Chewy's Dinner Morsels) or freeze-dried meat treats into a powder and then sprinkle that over her wet food.
 
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