Are there any natural supplement that will stimulate cat appetite for cat with pancreatic cancer?

He is not eating or drinking so we need to know if we have other option so that we can push him to eat.

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    By: Erika Raines El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    Conventional medicine has given us very few options to stimulate appetite in cats. There are a few natural, at home remedies that you can try. First of all, if you have not already tried, offering him palatable food outside of traditional cat food can sometimes be a helpful option. You can try offering him tuna, meat based baby foods or any other type of food that he might find appetizing. Sometimes cats will drink more water if the water from a can of tuna is added to their normal water dish. If you have tried this with no success, you can try giving him a B-complex vitamin from a health food store or pharmacy, or request that your veterinarian administer a B-complex injection as this will sometimes stimulate appetite. Additionally, there is a nutritional supplement available through your veterinarian and at most pet stores called Nutri-cal. Nutri-cal is a flavored gel that is very high in calories. It can be smeared on the inside of your cat's lips or on his gums to encourage him to eat. Catnip can sometimes also stimulate cats to eat. There are also a couple of prescription drug options available, such as mirtazapine or cyproheptadine, that may stimulate appetite. If none of these options are working for you, complementary medicine can offer you some more options. Acupuncture can be very effective at stimulating appetite. Treatment with acupuncture can also help improve your cat's overall quality of life through his illness. If this service is not offered by your veterinarian, you can ask for a referral to a local veterinary acupuncturist.

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