I *think* I might have found a magic formula that gets her balanced nutrition! At least for now...
It is still worrying me that the Cerenia, the magic anti-nausea bullet, does not seem to be working. She is eating, but still with much tempting on my part. I do have 2 more days of Cerenia pills to follow up, so hopefully she'll be eating normally again soon. But the big news... She likes the Fromm wet food.
Hallelujah! So I am doing a half can of wet food with a half cup of kibble mixed in twice a day - AND SHE IS EATING IT. The ingredients are so good, I would eat it. Seriously. So right now, she gets about 160 calories from wet + 200 calories from kibble twice a day. And I am going to slowly up the kibble amount (I don't want to scare her off it by putting in too much) because that's still not enough. I am worried about giving her too much until her tummy gets used to being full again. She is still not getting hungry - I need to lure her with the smell of the food (I literally bring the dish into the bedroom, let her get a whiff, and then bring it back out to the kitchen).
She also gets lots of cookies - probably six a day now. I got the recipe for the homemade cookies the oncologist's assistant the VEC was giving us - they have milk and cheese, so she is getting some nutrition there, too.
*** What formula do you guys use to determine calories/day? There are a few around. Before she got sick, she was 55 pounds. She is now about 52 pounds, so she needs to gain and then probably needs a bit more because she is sick. How do I figure out how much she needs?
I'm in the same city. If you ever need ANYTHING -- a drive to VEC with her even -- just holla. My work is literally a block from VEC.
You shouldn't have to go through this alone!
Thank you so, so much. This is very kind. I promise I will take you up on it if I ever need to. It means a lot.