Sorry, no pics, busy and tiring and frustrating day.
I was out for a while today – what should have been a quick trip became a major trek involving hopping a bus I’m not familiar with in order to get to the other branch of my fave pet store to get something the local one was out of. Was home by noon, though. Cory was okay, mostly just slept, apparently went on the balcony briefly.
- Breakfast crunchies: woke me a little early – I tried him with a single kibble of a new flavour, and he got super-excitable until I handed over the full deal
- Breakfast gushifuds: an hour later, did a little finger-feeding, the offered him the rest (slightly watered turkey pate), and he ate quite a lot enthusiastically
- Snack crunchies: 2x, 1/2 tbs each time – one while I was out, one when I got home, extremely interested and ate all
- Lunch crunchies: ate enthusiastically, dropped a few but not much
- Lunch gushifuds: swalllowed some, not entirely willingly – see below
- Snacks: 2x 1/2 tbs, les interested (possibly due to syringe/bottle feeding experiments)
- Supper crunchies: ate fairly well, although a bit sleepy
- Supper gushifuds: none
- Snacks: ate very enthusiastically – 2x 1/2 tbs
- Bedtime crunchies: 1 tbs, eagerly, although dropped a couple
- Water: 3x in the morning, one of them with Jackie while I was out – is trying to get ahold of it to suckle
- Fur-pulling: not as bad as some days – maybe working on reducing the treats really will help
Considering all the atttempts to get hold of the syringe and suckle while being syringe-fed or watered, I picked up a nursing kit, the same as what we used when he was teeny: a bottle with nipples of a couple of styles. With any luck, he’ll remember the trick of it and it may even feel reassuring to him. I’d rather he ate alone, but it just isn’t happening. The first attempt was not a success: the largest nipple in the kit is clearly much too large for him, and trying to open the smaller ones up enough for diluted pate to pass through is difficult. This meant that when it clogged, he’d get annoyed about me trying to keep a squishy rubber thing in his mouth for no reason, while I couldn’t see it was blocked, then it would come loose and hit him with too much atll at once. Honestly, I’d be ticked off, too. It took me most of a kibble snack to get his gruntle un-dissed. I’m going to call it a learning experience, not a failure. Way back when, we were using KMR, kitten milk, and when we started mixing in kitten pate, we just made the hole bigger and it was only occasionally frustrating for the limited period that he or Eva were getting a mixture. This is different.
The second batch involved taking an entire can of Fancy Feast beef pate, diluting it with 3 tbs of warm water, using my hand blender on it until it was frothy, then putting it through a metal sieve. I was left with 3 small containers each with between 35 and 40 ml of what resembles chocolate milk, and such a small amount of larger solids that it fit entirely on one teaspoon. For some reason, I’ve never met a cat who would tolerate anything microwaved, so each time it got warmed by setting the container in a larger dish of hot water. I tried putting the nipple on the end of the syringe, hoping that would give me more control and help him get the idea, but after a couple of attempts, he’s just getting cranky with the whole thing. Part of that might be because, while I would prefer to schedule his meals around his naps, his naps have always been able to last for quite a long time, and if we did so, he would get few meals through the day – and if they are small meals, they will not add up to enough that way. I’m reluctant to force too much volume at once on him, but it’s hard to get him to eat when he wants nothing to do with it. Also, the constant tiny snacks seem to be eroding his interest in kibble, rather than increasing it. This is worrying.
He got pretty standoffish for a little while in the afternoon and early evening. After I gave up, a little later in the evening he got very affectionate and demonstrative. I was absolutely exhausted – the bus trip ramped my anxiety close to red-zone, after a poor night’s sleep – and just didn’t have the energy left for anything but giving him lots of kibbles. Still worried that he’s getting not nearly enough calories per day, but he’s getting some and stressing him is bad, so it can wait til tomorrow or the next day