? Help Needed: Trying to Find Affordable Feeding Syringes

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  1. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    Hi all,

    Oreo Joe's mama, Bonnie, needs to find a source of more affordable feeding syringes for her boy.

    I've never had to syringe feed so I don't know what to look for.

    I've found these syringes online. I would be grateful if members with syringe feeding experience could tell me if these would be suitable for feeding a cat (10ml size is needed because Bonnie can't manage the 20ml size):

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Omnifix-Lu...11275&sr=8-2&keywords=10ml luer slip syringes

    If these aren't the right type of syringes, I'd be very grateful for any advice you can give on what to buy and where.

    Thank you!


    Mogs

    (@Bonnie & Oreo Joe - keep an eye on this thread for replies. :) )

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  2. Bonnie & Oreo Joe

    Bonnie & Oreo Joe Member

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    These seem to be for 1 time use and are more expensive than here! Of course then there is postage added and that adds up. There must be something else to use but.... I will be trying the cake decorator kit I taped the HUGE hole half shut. I imagine we will be swimming in pureed food.
     
  3. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    Bonnie, it's a box of 100. If they're suitable for syringe feeding that'd work out at 15 pence Sterling / approximately US$ 0.21 per syringe, not including postage.

    ETA:

    From your other thread:

    Big difference.


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  4. Noah & me (GA)

    Noah & me (GA) Well-Known Member

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    It's been a long time but I recall buying some at the local pharmacy. They were intended for something else but had a good seal and were easily washable. I've also used syringes where I've drilled a slightly larger hole in the tube.
    When I've had to liquefy something I've used a generic $10 coffee bean grinder. Easily cleanable and then straight to the landfill.
     
  5. Veronica & Babu-chiri

    Veronica & Babu-chiri Well-Known Member

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    Hi what I've done when I've had to assist feeding ( it turned out the delivery time of an feeding syringe was of a few weeks so I needed another solution) is a took a normal 5ml syringe and cut the tip out with a cutter and with the tip of a hot knife just made sure no sharp edges were left. With this you get a 5ml with a big hole in the tip that actually makes feeding easier since it doesn't have to be totally liquid.
     
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  7. Bonnie & Oreo Joe

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    I will try that. When this started he bit down, we called it the alligator lunge, on the tip and made the hole squished and I cut the tip off but it didn't work but the hot knife would maybe help. Thanks!
     
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  8. Bonnie & Oreo Joe

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  9. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Red! :)

    @Bonnie & Oreo Joe -

    The above syringes are € 0.61 / US$ 0.75 per syringe. Given that they seem to be available to purchase individually, maybe it might be an idea to order one or two to see if they will do the job?


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  10. Lisa and Witn (GA)

    Lisa and Witn (GA) Well-Known Member

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    If you are going to feed pate food I recommend using either a food processor or coffee grinder to mix it with water to make it soupy. I have one of the mini food choppers that works great for this purpose.
     
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  11. Larry and Kitties

    Larry and Kitties Well-Known Member

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    Just note that most of the syringes with the big, black rubber end are single use and after being reused the plunger sticks and when you try to pull it out the plunger body pulls away from the rubber end. Lubricating the rubber with olive oil or similar help make them last longer.
     
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  12. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    @Larry and Kitties - what do you need to look for in a suitable feeding syringe? As you can see from earlier posts on this thread, Bonnie's paying an arm and a leg for syringes at the moment. It would be a great help for her to get some pointers on what to search for online. (I don't have the necessary experience.)


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  13. Larry and Kitties

    Larry and Kitties Well-Known Member

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    I am trying to find more info. Te company. Pippin's Roost, seems to no longer be in business.
    Syringes like this use an o-ring vice rubber stopper and work well. However, one want one with a catheter tip vice a tip that accepts needles since the opening on the former has a larger diameter.
     
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  14. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    Hi Bonnie,

    Got a recommendation for this brand/type of syringe from a member on another thread:

    https://www.amazon.com/10ml-Syringe-Only-Luer-Syringes/dp/B01JJYDFHM/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?_encoding=UTF8&keywords=nipro 10ml syringe&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&psc=1&qid=1516315365&ref_=mp_s_a_1_1&sr=8-1-spons

    They are Nipro 10ml syringes with a Luer slip tip. She is in the US and gets a box of 100 syringes for US$ 17.00. Maybe you could ask local pharmacies whether they might be able to order in this brand of syringe for you and, if yes, ask them for a quote? (I'd imagine you'd need to order a box of 100 at a time.)


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  15. Larry and Kitties

    Larry and Kitties Well-Known Member

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    I just noticed that I left out from my last reply the link for the o-ring sealed syringes.
    Here is that link
    http://www.lambertvetsupply.com/Baxter-Oral-Syringe-10-cc-Full-Plunger-Clear_p_7621.htmlThe problem with Leur tip (either slip or lock) syringes is that the openning is very small and thus you have to have food that is is very fine. What I have done with Luer lock syringes is to cut out the slip tip part which leaves a relatively large opening such that one can syringe regular pate canned food.
     
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