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  1. dazzafact

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    My 13 yr old cat ain't eating and I'm extremely worried. He has been like this 2 or 3 weeks now, but has now deteriorated to him not eating at all. He's just had a stay at the vets where his blood was screened for the usual suspects, had an ultra sound, anti biotics, steroids and an appetite enhancer. Apparently he ate whilst at the vets but we've brought him home and he just isn't interested in food. The vet said there was nothing he could find wrong with him, and the last resort is an x-ray to see whether there is any problems with his head or something.

    Has anyone had any experience of this type of thing and can offer any advice? :lease:
     
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    High mate. Is he still going to the toilet? Have they x-rayed or checked his intestines (feeling along them looking for an agravated area)? One of my cats had similar symptoms and it ended up being an impacted furball (it was only the second one that either of my 2 vets had heard of in a combined 15 years experience). He ended up having to have an operation to remove the furball as he wouldn't have been able to pass it himself. Once it was out he was back to his old self again.

    Good Luck mate.
     
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    Hi,if the vet try everithing and seems no resolt,why don t ask for a second opinion in another vet?Even the best vet can make mistake.I have two cat and my oldest one soffer from stress,is very nervous and don t eat much,since the birth of my 1 child.Anyway best of luck
     
  4. dazzafact

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    They haven't x-rayed as yet as I don't think he was/is strong enough to be anesthetized; however he did say if he didn't improve that would be the next course of action. He has had over the years a very nasty cough, which since he stopped eating, has stopped. The confusing and quite frustrating thing is after 500 quid the vets can't find a thing wrong with him, he even said he was healthy for his age. I'll take him back in tomorrow and go from there.
     
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    Sorry to hear about your cat, I hope they can fix him.

    Liam (dog lover and previous owner, closet cat lover! LOL)
     
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    Perhaps the cat is simply bored with the diet or environment your are offering?

    They can be faddy and can change their tastes in food overnight.

    What is the vet feeding it that you are not?

    Are you subjecting the cat to stress? Excessive noise? Change of furniture or carpets? New pets or kids? Possible chemical pollution? New vacuum cleaner or washing machine/ powder/ perfume/ toilet cleaner?

    Ours quickly got fed up with the new subwoofer and started sleeping downstairs for the first time ever. Disappeared overnight never to be seen again after being as regular as clockwork for 7 years. The same night as a neighbour's birthday firework display in the garden next door. The poor cat was terrified of thunder and new year fireworks and would dash about and then hide under the furniture. I may have brought the thunder home.
     
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    Try him on different food if you haven't already. Maybe give him some tinned tuna or salmon. Make sure you have a bowl of clean water down at all times too. Cats, being desert animals, get most of their water from their food so if they're not eating they risk dehydration.
     
  8. dazzafact

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    I have tried all types of cat food and fish products; and we have the exact food at home that the vet fed him. I fear it is more than a him just being a fussy cat.

    When he was at the vets he was given pain killers, steroids and an appetite enhancer, which would obviously help him want/swallow food. We have to take him back in tomorrow and he will be x-rayed, but the vet told us that he believes that it will come back with the all clear, and that the very last resort would be to cut him open to see what they can see that way-but he doesn't think that would be advisable. I am really scared that we won't be able to bring him back

    He is laid on the footstool thing stretched out, staring at me, with one of his legs wrapped around mine......
     
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    I feel for you mate. It is not nice to think about. Stay positive! Hopefully the x-ray will find something and that it can be fixed so that he can get back to being himself again.
     
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    My Dads cat went through the same thing, his turned out to be infected gums and had to have all his teeth taken out. He used to not eat and act like he was scared of the food. I have two cats so I know how hard it must be for you. Hope the little fella gets well soon.
     
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    Hi, dazzafact.

    I hope things are a bit better today. :)

    If not, see if another vet might be able to have a look. I can see you have tried everything, and I know how much it hurts when your pet is suffering – it’s really no different from watching a person suffer, but the pet cannot tell you exactly what’s wrong.

    From our cats, and what I have heard here and elsewhere, his teeth and gums may need looking at. Is there anywhere in your house he seem to be more comfortable? As others have said, have his interests, tastes, etc., changed, though I note you have tried different food?

    As said here already, try to stay positive :) – I know it’s hard because it’s such a worry. :( Hopefully, the X-rays will show something treatable.

    Wishing you all the best. :smashin: :)

    Carl :)
     
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    Had the same problem with one of my cats a couple of years ago. He stopped eating and drinking, and was becoming weak. All the usual tests were negative, and only thing left to do was x-rays. Turned out he had eaten a small rubber gromit which had become lodged in his intestines.

    £900 worth of surgery later, he was back to normal.
     
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    When this happens, cats usually just move homes.
     
  14. dazzafact

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    We took him back to the vets this morning and they have x-rayed him, and found a blur behind his liver; which he suspects is a cancerous. He feels a biopsy will be too much for the little bugger to cope with, but has given us 3 options, but really he is just advising us to put him him down. I really can't begin to explain how I feel. I have just burst into tears for the first time in 14 years:eek:god knows what the wife will be like when I tell her.

    Thanks for all your advice guys but I think I just need to let go now.
     
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    Really, really sorry to hear that mate (you've got me choked up now). I have been through this with 3 of my/my mums cats. The only thing you can do is just approach it by looking at what is best for him now. My thoughts are with you mate.
     
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    Always a heart breaking decision, especially if you have children.
     
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    We have no kids, I think we substituted them with cats 9 years ago, brother and sister aged 4 from a rescue place. Our lives have revolved around them which is leaving me somewhat disjointed. i know the right decision is to let him go, but can't stop mesel feeling that 4 weeks ago he was right as rain(albeit overweight) and that we felt, even with his urinary tract problem, he still had a good couple of years left in him.

    Thanks for all the advice and sentiments guys.
     
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    My cat's health deteriorated rapidly (when I was 19 years old) and after xrays the vet said he had feline AIDS (whatever it's called), I was down to feeding him with a seringe and super nutritious gels as well as cleaning his coat for him.

    It broke my heart but I decided to have him "go to sleep" because I knew he was hurting.
    You have to be selfless here and do what's best for your cat.

    I feel for you and your wife.
     
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    FIV, and you can get injections to protect against this now.
     
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    The cat was from a rescue shelter and he got vaccinated when I got him but died about a year later. We assumed he got it before being vaccinated at the shelter (he was a house cat).
     
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    When you have a pet that can and has shown you affection, for the last 10 years or so, it can be very upsetting when this happens, my commiserations...

    Dave
     
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    Sorry mate to hear,be strong and all my commiseration too
     
  23. dazzafact

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    We have let him go.
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    R.I.P stan
     
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    :(
     
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    My sincere sympathies to you and your cat, dazz.
     
  26. Carl Stock

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    I’m so sorry, dazzafact. :(

    The main thing is that you loved him and he loved you. He’ll surely love you forever for loving him all his life and doing the best for him at his end.

    I know what it is like to lose cats and dogs, and it is never easy, and you have my utmost sympathy in any case.

    :(

    Carl
     

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