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Do older cats, just give up and fade away?

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BatteryOperatedBoyfriend Tue 14-Jun-16 13:05:16

My poor cat is poorly, the vet has done a blood test and can find nothing really wrong. She wants to do a urine sample to rule out a few other things. We think she is about 13/14 as she was a stray when we got her about 12 years ago.

She has lost alot of weight over the past few weeks, now has stopped eating and drinking. She is very lathargic.

She just looks frail. sad

If its her time, I dont want to keep taking her to the vets and upsetting her, I would rather keep her at home in the hope she isn't suffering.

Vet is going to see her again tomorrow and try and get some fluids into her and maybe put her on a few days of anti biotics to help her should there be an infection. The blood test was so traumatic for her today, they had to keep trying as they couldn't get any from her.

cozietoesie Tue 14-Jun-16 13:55:40

That sounds like quite a young age to just fade away from old age alone - I'd have thought it was more likely that there was some underlying cause.

But - if it is her time, what is the point of keeping her going grimly on in the 'hope' that she isn't suffering? It's all about her now.

TroysMammy Tue 14-Jun-16 13:58:27

If she has stopped eating and drinking and has lost interest in her surroundings it sounds as if she is really poorly. As an animal lover it's a hard decision to make but also the right one to prevent suffering. You have also got to take into consideration is it really fair to put her through endless tests and medicating her unnecessarily when it's best to let her go with dignity. Hugs.

YesItsMeIDontCare Tue 14-Jun-16 14:03:38

I'm sorry to say this, and you have all my sympathy, but it was when he stopped eating and drinking that I decided that his time with me was over. It's horrible, but not as horrible as dragging him backwards and forwards to the vets and fighting to get tablets down him. It would only have been for my sake, not his.

(((Hugs))) to you OP.

pambeesley Tue 14-Jun-16 14:05:06

I would be very concerned about the lack of eating, what if you give her something really tasty like some tuna? Would you eat it then? Have you given her some food on a spoon?

I was worried as my 12 year old with CKD stopped eating but I took him to the vets and they gave him an antacid injection and hes better now, so it could be lots of things.

I would see another vet!

BatteryOperatedBoyfriend Tue 14-Jun-16 14:15:18

I have tried her with tuna, cheese a couple of different cat foods I know she likes. She is currently sitting out in the garden in the rain, (she is awake).

I don't want to keep bringing her to the vets and stressing her out, I really don't want to suffer. But if it is her time, I could pay to get a vet out and let her die at home. But not if its too early.

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Tue 14-Jun-16 14:30:05

The vet will let you know if it is too early, they really will. DCat was checked 2 days before and the vet said he wasn't well, but not time to worry. He went down hill so fast that when I took him back and said I can't put him through this the vet agreed that he was very weak and it was absolutely the best thing.

The vet will not pts if they think they can help.

BatteryOperatedBoyfriend Tue 14-Jun-16 14:43:04

The problem I have is that the vet said for me to bring her in tomorrow and she will put some fluid under her skin (!?) and that it might be a bit painful.

DH thinks its too early as he seemed OK a week or so ago.

I'm so torn between not letting her go when its not her time, or just waiting a short time and maybe trying some anti biotics and see how she gets on.

She is walking around, getting through the cat flap, jumping up onto the bed. But she looks about 10 years older than she did 6 month ago.

Vinorosso74 Tue 14-Jun-16 14:45:26

Is horrible to see them so lethargic. Ours was diagnosed as diabetic earlier in the year and the vet also discovered her vitamin B12 levels were very low. She was lethargic, not eating as much as she should and not herself. She had 6 injections once a week and it really perked her up (obviously there was the diabetes issue too) but the difference is amazing. If there is no obvious illness, ask if the vet has checked vitamin levels.
Try and tempt her to eat, smelly food warmed up a little. Boiled chicken or turkey is popular with ours. Offer small amounts little and often.

pambeesley Tue 14-Jun-16 16:54:25

Yes warming food up is a good idea.

I think at the moment it probably is too soon as she could just be sick.

My last cat stopped eating but she also stopped raising her head. She died a day before we were due to put her down

BeBopTalulah Tue 14-Jun-16 23:58:48

My last cat was 16 and over the course of about a fortnight had stopped eating and lost about 20% body weight. He also had a slightly runny/bloody nostril.

First trip to the vets ended up with long acting pain killers/anti inflammatories and an antibiotic. After no improvement we took him back and a skull X-ray showed a huge tumour. We put him to sleep while he was still sedated from X-ray. I couldn't bear the thought of waking him up to do anything else to him. He'd been lying around my house for two weeks telling me he was done. However, I'm glad we tried the antibiotics first, as it could have been a simple infection and he had a great quality of life right up to that point.

I think The vet will not pts if they think they can help is great advice. They really won't. At the same time, I think your cat would thank you if a couple of simple (perhaps unpleasant) tests found a treatable problem which gave her another good year. I don't think it's unreasonable to try and get to the bottom of the problem first.


BatteryOperatedBoyfriend Wed 15-Jun-16 08:16:31

Thank you all, she still hasn't eaten, we are going to take her back to the vet this morning and try the anti biotics. Hopefully that will clear it up.

BatteryOperatedBoyfriend Wed 15-Jun-16 08:38:22

She's had a drink!! grinNo food still sad

lljkk Wed 15-Jun-16 09:24:57

My guess is that there is a specific underlying cause, but the tests to find out exactly what & any treatment are both going to be excessive: they would not enhance her quality of life for whatever time she has left.

It sounds like you've given her a great 12 years which is the most important thing.

bluetongue Wed 15-Jun-16 10:13:42

My sick kitty hasn't been eating for the past few days. Strangely she's still hanging around her food bowls and begging for food. She just won't eat more than a mouthful or just licks the gravy off wet food.

Decided to try poaching some chicken breast for her and give it to her while stil warm. She gulped it down smile

BeBopTalulah Wed 15-Jun-16 10:51:22

That's good that she's drinking smile You could try a simple broth to get her drinking lots? Boil up some chicken or fish bones.

BatteryOperatedBoyfriend Wed 15-Jun-16 12:01:04

Just been back to the vets, she has a high temp, so has had anti biotic injection, some anti inflammatories and some fluids.

cozietoesie Wed 15-Jun-16 12:33:10

Good luck to her. smile

Vinorosso74 Wed 15-Jun-16 13:44:21

Hopefully that gets her back to normal soon.

BatteryOperatedBoyfriend Wed 15-Jun-16 16:35:36

She has just eaten some of the high energy food (Science Diet) which is good news. grin.

Fingers crossed it keeps moving in this direction.

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