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Kathy, the author, is holding her black and white cat named Bubba who taught Kathy how to assist feed him.
This site is dedicated to my beloved Bubba. An amazing,
gentle soul and my constant companion for 20 years.
Bubba, I'll meet you at Rainbow Bridge. Purrs, Kathy

     The 1st encounter I had with the idea of "force feeding" a kitty was in 1997 when an acquaintance said his cat was sick and was just going to let it die. Horrified, I took Isky to the veterinarian and learned he probably had fatty liver disease. It was recommended that a biopsy of his liver be taken and sent the the lab and at the same time of the surgery, a feeding tube would be implanted to enable us to get more nutrition in him and heal the disease. I was clueless and believed the veterinarian knew best, so I said "ok." Well, the kitty had a stoke on the operating table and he had to be put down a day later. I later learned that I could have force fed him by hand and he would have survived. Why, oh why, was I not given that option? Additionally, the biggest tragedy is that I went to San Antonio during Isky's illness for a job interview and I could have taken Isky with me and had Dr. Norsworthy care for him because Isky wasn't that critical and he could have been saved because Dr. Norsworthy knew what to do as explained in his paper!

     One year later, my beloved calico was diagnosed with Vaccine Induced Feline Sarcoma. She stopped eating, so I began force feeding her. I had no clue what I was doing... I was just bound and determined NOT to have to put a feeding tube in her. The new veterinarian did what he could to help me, but it was the "blind leading the blind." I finally got into a routine, but never felt that I was doing enough and didn't even know if I was providing her with what she needed. She was a sweetheart till the end, and I attribute the force feeding for allowing us to spend more time with each other than the veterinarians believed.

     Fast forward to January 2003. My calico's brother, Bubba, began to eat less and less. He started losing weight and the vets did not know why. Every test under the sun was run and nothing was found. I was fed up with everything, so I started force feeding him.

     Bubba was a CRF (chronic renal failure) kitty and I belong to the Yahoo CRF Group. I wondered... did Yahoo have a group for force feeding kitties? YES! And now they are calling it "Assist Feed" instead of force feed. How nice! So I joined the group and received SO much help! I learned various techniques and detailed information that I wish I had known years ago. What a wonderful thing for people to gather together and share information to help our beloved kitties.

     There wasn't a website dedicated to helping people with assisted feeding so I started AssistFeed.com. This site is for you. The purpose of this site is to compile as much information as possible in one location to assist those that are brand new to assisted feeding as well as help fine-tune the techniques of those who have been assist feeding for awhile.

     Purrs,
     

 

 

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Disclaimer: Kathy Fatheree is not at all a medical expert. Contents of this web site are a collection of Kathy's assist feeding experiences as well as the experiences of other cat owners who have assist fed their cats. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, Kathy Fatheree or anyone associated with this web site cannot be held responsible for anything that may happen as a result of using the information on this site.