won't eat after surgery

can't figure out how to use this site! I got an answer, but it doesn't address my concern. My cat hasn't eaten, or had anything to drink, since her surgery on Wednesday. She behaves as if she is interested in food, even begs for it, but as soon as she gets it near her nose or mouth, she backs away. the vet only suggested to try to entice her with different foods, but so far - nothing. Tried tuna, baby food, canned cat food, cooked meat, cheese, beef broth, cat treats, beef jerky....... have gone as far as putting it in her mouth, and she just lets it fall out. she is playing with the other cats, and acting normally in every other way. I am beyond worried. Won't she be dehydrated by now?

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  • Lisa DaversLisa Davers SacramentoMember Posts: 3,642
    Accepted Answer
    Use wet food or Nutrical and smear it on the roof of her mouth so she'll have to lick at it and eat it. If that doesn't work you'll need to try to force feed her using a syringe with wet food mixed with water. If she hasn't been drinking she will be getting dehydrated. Feel her gums - if they feel sticky rather than slippery she's dehydrated. Pull the skin on the scruff of her neck away from her body and let go and if it doesn't smnap back quickly she's dehydrated. Use your other cat as a reference to see what normal look like. It's possible she's been drinking when you aren't looking but this will help you know for sure. The vet will need to help you with forcefeeding/fluids for dehydration. Cats can get very sick from fatty liver disease if they don't eat and your vet should be helping you with this. If they aren't you need to find another vet. You may need to find a cat specialist vet in your area so your cat can get proper treatment.
  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    I remember your question(s) and we have tried to give you our take on your problem based on our own experiences. Remember that we are not vets here, only cat lovers. If it's been almost a week and your kitty is still not eating, then it's time to take her back to the vet. He will show you how to force feed her. You will need to have someone show you how to do this, because pushing too much food down into her stomach isn't good and could be dangerous. If she is dehydrated, that could be fatal and she needs to be on an intravenous drip. When a cat stops eating for as long as your kitty has, it's time to call in the professionals.
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