Extremely poorly cat, what would you do?(26 Posts)
Apologies in advance for a long and post.
Our lovely 6 year old female mog has been unwell for the last couple of months. It started with some unusual amounts of vomiting but otherwise totally 'normal' behaviour. The vet did blood and stool tests which revealed nothing amiss. We agreed to wait and see over Christmas/New Year and initially we were optimistic as the vomiting stopped but in the last 10 days she became increasingly reluctant to eat very much at all and in the last 2 or 3 is basically totally anorexic. She'd lost some weight during the vomiting phase anyway but she's extremely bony now (we're taking basically bones and fur). She went back to the vet on Friday who palpated a hard lump in her pelvic area and thickened intestine, so booked her in for an ultrasound on Tuesday (earliest they could do).
After the appointment she has become a entirely different cat, lethargic, weak, glazed dilated eyes, wheezy purring constantly, unsteady and awkward gait and completely food averse. My gut tells me she's on her way out but when we took her in to the vet this am because we were so worried they just gave us some special food (which I tried syringing but she spat most of it out) and said to wait for Tuesday.
I feel like we're prolonging her suffering, and I hate seeing her in so much obvious pain but obviously if the vets can do something, anything to keep her with us I'd want to know but don't know if that's just us being entirely selfish because we love her so much.
I am now wondering if we ought to be calling them tomorrow for a more humane end to her misery but am completely yo-yoing between that and waiting it out, if she lasts that long. What might you do in this situation?
I'd take her back sooner and get them to recheck her, tue is a long way away of not eating! Potentially they could bring the scan forward as an emergency, or give her something to help in the mean time. Or they may agree a more humane end would be better with how she is now
You poor thing, and poor cat
I would call the vets and try to get seen before Tuesday.
The hard lump might have been poo?
That aside, i am disgusted your vet sent you home today. Your cat is clearly suffering alot The purring is often an end of life thing. If she isn;t eating (and i presume not drinking) then she will be dehydrated. They have put you in a position where now you are having to consider out of hours veterinary care. This is £££s. If you are insured, it may well be covered though.
Are there other vets in your area because i wouldn;t have much faith in this one. She is clearly seriously ill and pts might be the kindest option but without further investigation and treatment at this age it might not have to be.
Definately call the vet, they might be able to get some fluid and nutrition into her to make her more comfortable until her scan.
Just reread your post after reading what * lemi* posted.
I missed the bit where you said they had seen her in this state today. That is disgusting and negligent. I would be looking for another vet too.
Sounds as though her only hope is to go on a drip. Poor you - the whole situation is awful and you're clearly tryig to do your best for poor puss
I also missed the bit about you having seen the vet on Sat. Not good care from them imo. Hope you get something sorted <hug>
Thanks for your responses, I really appreciate it. She's a bit perkier today (wondering if some of the listlessness and generally weird behaviour yesterday was down to the painkiller shot she was given) but obviously still not well, and still not eating.
We called in at a different vet this morning and explained the whole scenario (ours is closed on Sundays) and they basically agreed with what our vet had done so far. They did give us a bigger/better feeding syringe to use which seems to make things a bit easier. We're going to work from home tomorrow so we can play nursemaid and our usual vet will be open then so we can call them if we have any more urgent concerns.
I have also felt a bit disappointed by their seemingly relaxed attitude to her plight, but I think I may just be being an over sensitive owner - she's my baby after all!
Now just preparing ourselves for the worst r.e. diagnosis. I know Dr. Google should be avoided but everything I've read seems to point to lymphoma. Does anyone have any experience of this with their own pets?
Also. I realised I didn't state that while she's not eating, she has been drinking water so not too concerned about dehydration.
Intestinal lymphoma in cats falls into two main types one type the cats do really well ( I have patients still doing well three years later) and one they do really badly (last case we made a decision before we got the biopsy result).
You know your cat best if you feel she has had enough say so your vet.
You can tell if she is dehydrated by pulling the scruff of her neck slightly, if it pops back quickly then shes fine, if it goes back slowly and feels puddingy then she dehydrated and needs fluids. I had a cat with intestinal lymphoma, we missed it as the bloods suggested something else, but within a few weeks she was very poorly, we did an exploratory lap (i was a vet nurse at the time) and we didn't wake her up She went downhil very quickly and there were multiple tumours.
It is one of the possibilities yes, but until they scan or go in and have a look its just one thing that requires ruling out.
Fingers crossed for you x
Thanks for all your help and advice. Just to update, sadly it does appear to be gastrointestinal lymphoma .
She has two masses, one is blocking her intestine preventing her from passing stool, hence the anorexia. Our vet immediately referred us to a specialist hospital after her ultrasound today and she's currently with them for more diagnostic testing to confirm it definitely is lymphoma and hopefully begin steroid treatment to shrink the masses. She's not in good nick at all, so on going treatment will hinge a lot on how she fares in the next day or two but we at least now feel 100% happy that she's getting the best care possible. Keeping all appendages crossed that we get a bit more time with our lovely pudding of a cat.
I'm sorry to hear this OP. She's in the best place possible now and good luck to her over the next couple of days. X
Sorry to hear this RainDrops, I hope the specialist vet can help and your cat can be well enough to spend a bit more time at home with you
I'm so sorry to hear this. My cat just got diagnosed with the same thing. for you.
Really sorry to hear that shove - it's so awful seeing them suffering. I don't know if you're planning/able to treat your cat but regardless I wish you both the very best.
In the end our cat's cancer turned out not to be lymphoma. Instead it was some other aggressive tumour - the oncologists weren't able to properly identify it and whatever it was, the prognosis was much worse. As such, and with her condition deteriorating daily, we took the painful decision today to have her PTS. We both stayed with her throughout and she's now resting in a wildflower bed in our garden. Obviously totally devastated to lose her but glad we were able to repay all the love she gave us with that one last kindness.
Oh Raindrops, my heart goes out to you, it really does. It has all happened so quickly for you.
You made the humane decision, the only decision you could have made, even though it was difficult. From what you've said, she couldn't go on without pain, and she needed your help. I know it's unbelievably painful, but you did the right thing. She was clearly very loved and must have had a wonderful life with you. Really, the tears are for yourselves and the way that you will miss her, because she gave you so much. I hope that you can have a gentle evening and look after each other.
So sorry to hear Raindrops - my old girl has just been diagnosed with cancer and I'll have the same decision to make when she's had enough.
So sorry to hear that Raindrops. It's the most difficult decision of all, but you've done the absolute best by your gorgeous girl.
Thanks for your kind wishes, was especially tough coming home from work this evening and not seeing her sitting at the window waiting for us like always. I hope those of you with poorly mogs have many happy days with them before you have to make this decision.
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