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How do you wean a cat off a feeding tube?

How do you wean a cat off a feeding tube?

It is generally a good idea to wean off of the tube feedings as the patient begins to eat. It is also best to have them off of the appetite stimulants prior to removing feeding tube support. Once the cat is eating normally for a week, the feeding tube can be removed.

Can a cat be bulimic?

True bulimia has not been documented in cats. Cats who vomit frequently almost always have a medical condition that causes vomiting. But the best thing would be a trip to the vet for tests that may give insight into why Snickers is so predisposed to throwing up.

How is an Esophagostomy tube removed from a cat?

Esophagostomy tubes can be removed immediately after placement or left in place for several weeks to months. Care of the tube exit site may require periodic cleansing with an antiseptic solution. Tube removal is performed by cutting the finger-trap suture and gently pulling the tube.

Do you have to put your cat through a feeding tube?

Unfortunately, when most people hear the term “feeding tube,” they tend to panic – feeling like this is the end of the road for their cat. However, feeding tubes should not necessarily be viewed as a doom and gloom overly heroic measure. I often hear people say “oh, I would never put my cat through that!”

When to put a feeding tube in an anorexic patient?

Feeding tubes do require a short period (~10 minutes) of general anesthesia to place and this is often a concern when the patient is very debilitated. This is why it is better to put a feeding tube in an anorexic patient sooner rather than later.

How long does a PEG feeding tube stay in?

Another type of feeding tube is called a PEG tube and is shown at the bottom of this page. This type of tube takes more expertise to place and must stay in for a minimum of 2-3 weeks unlike P or E tubes which can be removed at any time.

Is it OK to syringe feed an ill cat?

Anyone who has ever tried to syringe-feed an ill cat for very long recognizes the stress that is involved for both the cat and the human. Not only is it very time-consuming, but the critical issue is that it is often very difficult to meet the caloric and hydration (water) needs of the cat with this method.