We have managed to get an appointment for the vet on Sunday. Little cat was the runt of the litter and has always been a bit small and sickly, although feisty too. We've noticed that he's lost a lot of weight. He is still eating - they have house cat specialist biscuits and occasional tuna as that's the only wet food he will eat. He's always been a sink cat - loves drinking from taps and always after water, possibly more so at the moment. Coat looks dandruffy and tufty now, though he always was a bit tufty. He is very quiet at the moment and just seems like a much older cat. He will be 6 in August. His brother is the opposite of him. He is fat and twice the size of little cat.
I'm thinking little cat might be diabetic or have hyperthyroidism, but thought he was a bit young for these conditions.
Any words of advice greatly received. I'm worried about him .
Yes I too would think that 6 is a bit young for those sorts of conditions, but really there is no point in guessing or speculating until you've seen the vet. Let's just hope for the best and that it's something that can be easily cured. Sending positive vibes your way ...
Kidney failure and not looking good. I'm gutted. It has happened so quickly. We've left him for some better blood tests and drip overnight, but damage might be too widespread. Tests he had done today are not looking good. It's like he's turned into a different cat in a week.
Not without detailed bloods which they can't do until tomorrow. From the bloods they could do in-house today, his kidneys seem to be in a bad way and he just looked so poorly when we got him there - really subdued. Whilst he's been here, he's been off colour and drinking loads, but still eating and having cuddles. I just felt so bad - like we've not done enough. The symptoms only really started to show over the last week though. I'm just so sad. Every cat I've known growing up has lived to a ripe old age. For him to be this poorly at 5 is so unfair.
The vet said not to get our hopes up. He will probably perk up on the drip, but she's not sure he will survive without it. She's going to contact me tomorrow. I'm so sad I've had to leave him there by himself. It seems cruel when we are his family and he's a house cat who hates leaving. He's also scared by himself and always travels in a carrier with his brother. His brother is really out of sorts. He's been curled up for a bit in the last spot little cat was before we left and seems to be looking for him.
I was just wondering whether, in light of his age, he perhaps he went outside and could have got hold of some rodent poison or been in contact with lilies or something. (Thinking particularly of his brother here.) Coming on 6 is pretty young for renal failure without an intervening cause.
He's a house cat and we don't have anything that could have poisoned him in the house. We are wondering - given that he was the runt and always quite sicky - whether it is congential. Plus, he doesn't eat much and isn't a scavenger. His brother eats everything so if one was to get poisoning, it would more likely be him. The other thing is his calcium is raised and she said that could be a sign of cancer. Bloods tomorrow might shed some light.
I've just about had my fill of cancer, given we've only just finished two and a half years of chemo for DDs cancer. I can't believe she finally finishes treatment and we get hopeful life can get a bit more normal, and now the cat gets some disease that he is too young to have and we could lose him. Sick of illness, sick of doctors, sick of hospitals. As I said, it's all shit.