Our 6 year old cat Michaelangelo, 'Mic', recently became anorexic, or hyporexic for some unknown reason. This caused us to take him to A & M University Veterinary Medical Teaching Emergency Hospital for Small Animals on Tuesday. They ran many tests and ended up inserting an E-tube(Esophagostomy tube) for feeding and easy medicating purposes. This has been quite the learning experience and no small feat. Three days in and we're both exhausted and still trying to adjust.
Does anyone have words of wisdom, pointers, etc. for our transition back to a hopefully somewhat normal life and making etube manangement less stressful? The goal is to encourage Mic to eat again and consistently on his own so that the etube can be removed and he can have the best quality of life. He is a very happy, playful, active, indoor/outdoor and laid back cat who loves people, and children. He has been sad because of this change, any suggestions on cheering him up while he's cooped up in the house during recovery?
Brief Medical History: At this point we are treating him for Hepatic Lipidosis(the appearance of the liver suggests vacuolar hepatopathy or cholangitis). The majority of his blood test results came back fine with the exception of a few of his liver panels. His Ultrasound showed no signs of cancer and he was also tested for other viruses that came back negative too. His FeLV/FIV Snap Test was negative. He lost about 5 pounds over a few weeks. He has been known to struggle with allergies in the past which have caused him to be asmathic. We have used Chi methods in addition to occasional steroid treatments and low dose allergy medicine to treat his symptoms which could be linked to his upper respitory problems that he had as a kitten. We rescued him from Town Lake Animal Shelter in Austin, Texas six years ago.
We have had him on a grain free diet and Orijen cat food for quite some time. In addition to giving him raw chicken, duck, turkey, and fish; as well as other grain free wet cat food occasionally. We changed cat foods about the same time he started eating less (Wellness Core and/or Blue Buffalo Wilderness Salmon Adult Dry Cat Food due to other household cat sensitivities that arose). However he was refusing wet cat foods that he once enjoyed too (Soulistic, Natural Balance) which appeared to be abnormal as well. His eating ceased almost completely however he was purring, playful, and spirited amoung the other pets and acted as if nothing was wrong; except for his eating habit changes and weight loss. He is now being feed through his etube with Hills Prescription Diet l/d Feline for Heaptic Health until his liver gets better.