Yesterday my friend told me about her cat's problem (I'm the crazy cat friend so everybody tell me their problems now) So I gave suggestions for a better (senior) food for her 12 year old cat and told her she needs to go to the vet. She was complaining about spending the money and acting like the cat always ate the same thing so why should she switch. I got mad because if you are not going to listen to me, please don't tell me the story because now I will worry and I can't do anything about it. But I guess the guilt trip worked because she went to the vet today and spent $180 and he found ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with the cat and didn't even make any suggestions for a diet change. (FYI- not my vet) So I am bringing her a can of my Wellness formula (healthy) and one of my Fancy Feast Elegant Medleys (tasty treat) to see if that helps get the cat interested in eating. Anybody have other ideas for poor Spanky?
From my expreience with my cat, whom is older she stopped eating as much and became very skinny. The vet had told me it is a problem with her thyroid. So she may check into that. The vet should have noticed however if that was the prob. Hope it all works out.
Thank you. I asked her today and they did check for thyroid. My friend is just not willing to go any further with paying for tests than she has already. But they have been trying really hard to get the cat intersted in eating and have even tried baby food and she's eating better. Her daughter was home from college this weekend and gave the cat lots of TLC. She's doing a bit better. My own pets are like my children. Not everybody feels that way and it's just hard for me to hear it sometimes. So I try to help as much as they are willing listen.
The age is quite decent and would deserve a little bloodwork. Anorexia in cats is very dangerous since they get the Fatty liver disease and will die without expensive vet care. Just do the bloodwork (cost around 100$) and that will screen all the important organs in one-liver, kidney, thyroid, pancreas, plus also feline infections-FIV, FeLV. If these all are normal then it also could be teeth problems, if she doesn't want to spend money on dental, at least she can switch to soft food that will be more palatable for the cat if her tooth/teeth hurt and it's hard to chew the kibbles. But saving money and not doing bloodwork now will cost her much more money or the lost of the cat in the future.
When I was reading this, I thought, that sounds just like what I am going through. My cat is 12, starting losing weight,not eating. I took her to my vet and they did bloodwork, found nothing wrong with her thyroid, kidneys, heart, etc. No type of infectious diseases. NOthing came back weird on the x-rays. Was told it could be cancer of the intestinal lining, but to find it out would have to take her to a specialist and it would cost between $800 to $1200 for the test. I just do not have that kind of money. she is at home, still not eating. I am just making her comfortable, feeding her carsure until it is time for her to go. It is hard to see her go down hill, but what else can I do?
Wow, I feel really bad now because I stopped asking about my friend's cat and i honestly don't know how she's doing. She was doing better because the daughter was home from college for the Summer and the cat was happy. But then I got caught up in my own stuff and I forgot to ask anymore. But for your cat, the only thing I can suggest other than tempting her with different catfood brands and flavors would be to try some human baby food to see if she is interested. Beef or chicken. My vet had told me to use that when my kitten was sick and when I would be feeding her, the adult cats would be going crazy from the smell and trying to climb on the table where I had put her to eat. It's not a permanent fix, but it might be enough to regain some strength and put some weight back on. And they don't even have to chew it.
I'm so sorry. 12 years isn't even all that old for a cat so I can imagine how upsetting this must be for you. I don't know how long this has been going on, but don't give up hope. My other friend's 12 year old persian went through a similar spell but she was also throwing up whatever she ate. They tried her on several presciption foods and now quite some time later she has settled back into a routine and is doing much better. I can still feel some boniness when I touch her compared to my chubby young cats at home. But she has actually got a belly you can feel now. It was like she just decided to be anorexic for a while and now she's settling down. But in Harley's case, some of it was probably emotional as well because my friend had added an obnoxious new puppy to the household and now things have settled down.
Well, I made the decision to have out put to sleep, I am going this afternoon when I get off work. Her quality of life is just not there anymore. It was a tough decision to make but she is suffering too bad at this time. She fought a good battle. She is a great cat and she is going to missed soo much.
I'm so sorry for you having to do that. But I guess that's our job as pet parents, isn't it? To know when their quality of life is gone and that it's time to do what is right for them. One of mine was kind enough to just go peacefully in her sleep at 14 but the other had a tumor in her face and I reached that point last fall where I had to have her PTS at 15. If it's that bad, then your choice is the right one. I wish you strength this afternoon.