My cat is still alive but he’s skin and bones. All week I ponder...what to do, what to do. It’s not that I don’t want to take him to the Vet. I am not poor. But you got to know that first the Vet would want to x-ray because you just can’t tell what’s wrong with him. I’ve never had less than three cats at a time, most times more. I know cats.
So I opened his mouth and checked his teeth. Cats tend to have tooth problems when they get older and Gerald is about ten years old. Hardly very old for a cat but not a kitten.
Not that I knew what to look for with those teeth but they looked fine to me.
He spends most of his days in the closet but many hours he lays by the water bowl. I give him very soft food, baby food. He sniffs but just does not eat.
And yet here it is two full weeks of this and while he’s skin and bones, his eyes are bright and he does not appear to be in pain.
Thank you all for indulging me. I live alone and my pets are very important to me.
Fish-your cat needs to go in for blood work/Vet assessment. Many older cats are now suffering from this and this may be the cause. Vet also need to check kidney function.
My Vet husband and his colleagues are amazed at the number of new cases per year they are seeing.
We now have 2 older cats with hyperthyroidism and are on meds that are easy to get down, using a cat “pill pocket”.
You need to take your Cat to a Veterinarian ASAP. You say you are not poor, whatever that means, but if you love your pets so much how on earth can you let them suffer as your cat is obviously doing. As for being in pain? How on earth do you know this? Animals simply do NOT react to pain as people do and one of the first signs of pain in an animal is a lack of appetite.
Do something for your Cat or else take it to a shelter where perhaps they will help.
Fishtalk, Pugmama is right. I also had a cat, at ten years old, that lost weight so quickly over a three-week period it was startling. The fact it happened so quickly I almost didnt notice before it was too late and the fact he was a Norwegian Forest cat and very long fur. Although his fur had also changed dramatically too.
There is another treatment besides pills I opted for and it cures the cat of hyperthyroidism but you always have to watch kidney function closely. It is a radioactive iodine injection.
This was expensive but I felt the better option for Gabby because pills often cant regulate thyroid. This cures the problem. Plus you dont have to isolate the cat after returning home as sometimes is stated on various websites.
He recovered beautifully from this and lived to be 16 years old. Good luck. I love cats so much I cant find words. I understand your concern but do not wait to see a vet!