Little Mouse update
I’ve been a bit worried about Little Mouse of late. Right now he is doing fine because he had a steroid shot a couple of weeks ago, meaning he can (sorta) eat. He ‘grazes’ a little bit on the hard food and he’s getting Fancy feast. He’d lost weight, down to 4.1 kilos, when I had him weighed at the vet last time but I already knew that –you could feel every vertebra and his middle was concave. Since the steroid has kicked in, he’s gained some weight back. I’m not satisfied.
One of the things I’m doing, and it is expensive (as in seriously, majorly), is opening 6-8 cans of fancy feast a day for him. He only laps up the gravy and nibbles a bit (a bit) on the parts that are the most saturated with gravy. I’ve tried adding water and mixing it into the food — he won’t touch it. He won’t touch it blended with the blender or heated slightly so it is warm and scentful.
On Thursday, I bought the sugarless version of Ensure. He is not a fan. I’m force-feeding a syringe full of it once a day to buff him up a bit. In the U.S. there is something called Clinicare that is made by the same folks who make Ensure but is formulated specifically for cats and dogs –everything they need diet-wise in a liquid. You can’t get it here. It is also crazy expensive. Well, so is the sugarless Ensure — 20 sheks per can — only two days’ worth of feedings (it is only safe to feed for a max of 48 hours after opening the can, so most of the can goes to waste. And he hates it.)
The pharmacist was amazing. She called all over the place trying to find someone who carries the Clinicare (which is usually administered via a feeding tube and not just eaten because cats don’t seem to like the taste) and talked with 4 different vets who specialize in pharmacology for advice, unfortunately with no luck.
So this is what I am determined to do. I am determined to come up with a recipe for a gravy that is the same consistency as the FF gravy he loves but that has all of the nutritional needs for a cat packed into it. It will need to be something I can make and either freeze into manageable portions (that won’t lose nutritional value as a result or during the defrosting) or can be vacuum sealed and stored in the cupboard (by far the best option if we are talking convenience). I started research on Thursday and have some ideas for how to fulfill some of the requirements but haven’t found a solution for others –a whole host of others. Once classes are over in June, I intend to turn my kitchen into a laboratory. Let the experimentation begin!