Maggie is giving me high blood pressure!!!
On Thursday, she weighed 5lbs 2.2oz. Since then she has been playing like a maniac and now weighs 5lbs 0.2oz. HUH? She eats, but not like a piglet. For example, she only ate 1.5 syringes for breakfast. And to top it all off, last night, she threw up.
So, what is going on? I've run threw my list of possible causes and settled on two.
1) She's mildly constipated.
Her digestive system is getting more efficient at dealing with her food, so it's pulling more nutrients and water out of the food. She's drinking a lot but less than before, so the water is coming from her food, I think. Her poop is smaller in volume, harder, and more like Isabel's. (If Maggie buried hers, I couldn't ID whose poop was whose.
) But as her system is pulling more out, it's slowing down, so she's actually getting backed up inside. She only poops about every day and a half. Last night, before she threw up, she ate 2 syringes and threw up about 1. It was like there was only limited space and the last one had to go. About 1/2 hour later, I fed her a bit more just to see what would happen, and she had no problem keeping 1/2 a syringe down.
2) She's got mild pancreatitis.
Pancreatitis can be caused by too much food and too rich of food. As a piglet, she was overeating. No 4.5lb cat needs 1 cup of high calorie food! But then again, she wasn't digesting it well, so it got pushed out. According to their website, she needs 1/4 can of high calorie food per day which is about 4 syringes. (Not 4 syringes per meal, 4 times a day!
) If her pancreas is not secreting the digestive juices in sufficient quantity, the stomach may retain the food longer and so is still full when she gets her next meal. She doesn't have the severe sypmtoms, such as constant vomiting, diarrhea, or bloating, so it's a mild inflammation if anything.
So, until I talk to my vet, I'm going to hedge my bets. I've started adding pumpkin to her food to increase the fiber and she likes it! (She actually was eating it straight.
) She'll be getting slightly more digestive enzymes, VitC, and limited to 3 syringes per meal to lessen the load on the pancreas. Since her energy level is so high, I'm not in panic mode (well, maybe just one foot over the line!). There's also the real possibility that 5lbs is close to her ideal weight, so her body sees no reason to pig out any more.
I just wish she would eat on her own.
I think she's in the psychologically dependent stage of hand-feeding, because she can eat from a plate (especially if it's not hers
), but having mommy squirt it in is easier. The problem is she will eat to please me, which is probably why she ate too much last night. When her tummy says no more, her heart say keep eating for mommy.
Okay, I had to stop for her lunch and she greedily ate 2.5 syringes. Maggie sure likes to keep me wondering!
... And I know that you would do it all over again if you had to....
Yah, some of us are stupid like that.