Help- my cat is getting so skinny . H...

Help- my cat is getting so skinny . HE IS ALL BONES AND HAIR!!

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Butchs Mom

United States

#1 Jul 30, 2007
Butch is male, 12 yoa, adopted from cat care society 2 years ago, When we adopted him he was very skinny, they said he was a picky eater. So I took hime to the vet, had teeth problems, put on antibiotics, he was 6 pounds then after antibiotis he went up to 11 pounds. Then he started losing weight again, took him back to the vet, said he had abcessed teeth that needed pulled,(this was to help him eat again)
So had teeth pulled,2 months ago. All his upper teeth are gone. He ate baby food really well started gaining weight, now he is back to 6 pounds, he eats like a champion, he can not eat hard food.( I grind all his food in the blender for him)
The vet has ran blood tests, diabetes,liver enzymes, stool samples, etc, looked at him, cost over $900.00 as of today.
The vet stated he is constipated and to give him fibersure, I do this every other day. But no idea about the weight loss.
I need help on this he is a walking skeleton, he is so sweet, with big green eyes, But I can't afford to keep paying vet bills. The only thing left of him is his bones, lots of long hair,his big green eyes and a loving soul.

“Spay and neuter your pet”

Since: Jul 07

Burnt Hills

#2 Jul 30, 2007
Did your vet run a thyroid test? This is a very real possibility. Ask your vet about FIP. This is a very hard disease to diagnosis. Only way is through a biopsy. Ask your vet to put him on a high calorie diet.Also chech the internet for info. Type in feline - thin. Yoy could try Cornell, Morris animal foundation, and the Veterinary medical information web pages. I'll try to see what other info i can send your way. Good luck!
Butchs Mom

United States

#3 Jul 31, 2007
Norskejente wrote:
Did your vet run a thyroid test? This is a very real possibility. Ask your vet about FIP. This is a very hard disease to diagnosis. Only way is through a biopsy. Ask your vet to put him on a high calorie diet.Also chech the internet for info. Type in feline - thin. Yoy could try Cornell, Morris animal foundation, and the Veterinary medical information web pages. I'll try to see what other info i can send your way. Good luck!
Thank you for the infomation, I will okk it up, Butch is such a sweet cat and he is wasting away to nothing, I really appreciate your response.:)

“Spay and neuter your pet”

Since: Jul 07

Burnt Hills

#4 Aug 5, 2007
Butchs Mom wrote:
<quoted text> Thank you for the infomation, I will okk it up, Butch is such a sweet cat and he is wasting away to nothing, I really appreciate your response.:)
Just checking to see how Butch is. I hope you found some answers. Please give me an update on his conditon.
Calo

Kingsport, TN

#5 Aug 27, 2007
Butchs Mom wrote:
Butch is male, 12 yoa, adopted from cat care society 2 years ago, When we adopted him he was very skinny, they said he was a picky eater. So I took hime to the vet, had teeth problems, put on antibiotics, he was 6 pounds then after antibiotis he went up to 11 pounds. Then he started losing weight again, took him back to the vet, said he had abcessed teeth that needed pulled,(this was to help him eat again)
So had teeth pulled,2 months ago. All his upper teeth are gone. He ate baby food really well started gaining weight, now he is back to 6 pounds, he eats like a champion, he can not eat hard food.( I grind all his food in the blender for him)
The vet has ran blood tests, diabetes,liver enzymes, stool samples, etc, looked at him, cost over $900.00 as of today.
The vet stated he is constipated and to give him fibersure, I do this every other day. But no idea about the weight loss.
I need help on this he is a walking skeleton, he is so sweet, with big green eyes, But I can't afford to keep paying vet bills. The only thing left of him is his bones, lots of long hair,his big green eyes and a loving soul.
This could also be a problem in his upper intestine where calories are absorbed. Ask your vet "over the phone" exactly what he was tested for.
He shouldn't charge for this. He's missing something. I'll ask my vet what else it could possibly be.
Shelly

Kenly, NC

#6 Aug 30, 2007
My cat was 17 in June and is literally wasting away. Last year he was 17lbs and is now 9lbs. I am trying to decide if he should be put to sleep. What a hard decision. He keeps getting constipated over and over. We tried cisapride but it did not help. He went in for an enema last week and has eaten very little since. He may have kidney disease. Poor thing. Just sleeps all day with no energy.

“Spay and neuter your pet”

Since: Jul 07

Burnt Hills

#7 Aug 30, 2007
Shelly wrote:
My cat was 17 in June and is literally wasting away. Last year he was 17lbs and is now 9lbs. I am trying to decide if he should be put to sleep. What a hard decision. He keeps getting constipated over and over. We tried cisapride but it did not help. He went in for an enema last week and has eaten very little since. He may have kidney disease. Poor thing. Just sleeps all day with no energy.
Did you take the cat to the vet? There is something medically wrong with the cat. And it could be something that could be conrolled with meds. Who gave the cat an enema and cisapride? Did a vet do blood work to determine the cause of his lose of weight. Things don't sound kosher and your cat is slowly dieing. What's wrong with you. If you have taken this cat to a vet and the cats not getting better you need to switch vets. Or has your vets recommended tests and you refused. Either way things don't click with your comments. I have 21 cat and never would my animals lose that much weight and not see a vet to have the problem taken care of. You need to be more forth coming with info.

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Shelly

Oxford, NC

#8 Sep 1, 2007
Of course I took him to the vet. They gave him the 2 enemas and put him on cisapride. She said they could do blood work for $98.00 but she said she was pretty sure by the symptoms that it was kidney disease. My sister had 2 cats that she spent thousands on and they both died at 15. The vet said most cats live between 14-15 years. I had a 21 year old cat but this is not normal. It is very hard to pill a cat everyday. Why put him through that. By the way he has started eating again and seems to be happy.
Calo

Manchester, TN

#9 Sep 1, 2007
Norskejente wrote:
<quoted text>Did you take the cat to the vet? There is something medically wrong with the cat. And it could be something that could be conrolled with meds. Who gave the cat an enema and cisapride? Did a vet do blood work to determine the cause of his lose of weight. Things don't sound kosher and your cat is slowly dieing. What's wrong with you. If you have taken this cat to a vet and the cats not getting better you need to switch vets. Or has your vets recommended tests and you refused. Either way things don't click with your comments. I have 21 cat and never would my animals lose that much weight and not see a vet to have the problem taken care of. You need to be more forth coming with info.
Shelly is coming on here for help. You don't need to be so harsh. Just offer your advice but leave out the cuts.

“Yeehadi”

Since: Aug 07

Woodland Hills

#10 Sep 2, 2007
Shelly wrote:
My cat was 17 in June and is literally wasting away. Last year he was 17lbs and is now 9lbs. I am trying to decide if he should be put to sleep. What a hard decision. He keeps getting constipated over and over. We tried cisapride but it did not help. He went in for an enema last week and has eaten very little since. He may have kidney disease. Poor thing. Just sleeps all day with no energy.
It may just be his time, Shelly. I've had many Siamese cats, around 20 in total I guess, and the longest lived was Smokey, who died in 2004 at age 19. I notice in a subsequent post you say he'eating more and is happy. That's a good thing, obviously, but you'll need to weigh what he's getting out of life, both positive and negative, against your own need to keep him around. It's hard to do the right thing, I know. Over the years I've found that when the aged cats have lost interest in everything, including me, then it's time. More pain for them always works out to more pain for me too.-Cat
Shelly

United States

#11 Sep 2, 2007
Thanks Calo!! I would do anything for Jake.(my cat) You may be right Cat. He woke me up meowing this morning which he has not done lately and ate very well but tonight he is laying on his side looking so sad. My vet said they could come to the house to euthanize when I feel it is the right time.
Shelly

United States

#12 Sep 2, 2007
P.S. I love Siamese cats. My first one was and Jakes mom was SIamese. He is also Tabby with blue eyes.
Calo

Manchester, TN

#13 Sep 2, 2007
How are you holding up Shelly. I have a black cat named Simba. I recently found out he has kidney failure. There's no cure for him just fluid therapy and special food. It breaks my heart to see him wither away but he still has some quality of life. He acts pretty normal but lays down alot more. He used to weigh 22 lbs. and now weighs 12 lbs.
The vet said I will know when its time to have him put down. Thats a decision only you can make. Simba still follows me every where and still pulls my hand to his nose to smell every thing I pick up when I'm trying to put makeup on.:-D "He's sooooo cute."
If I ignore him when I'm on the computer (he sits next to me on a little stool) he will reach up with his paw and pat me on my arm and on my face till I pet him.
But when he starts gives up on life I'll do whats best for him no matter how painful it is for me.:-(
Calo

Manchester, TN

#14 Sep 2, 2007
Hang in there Shelly. Your little sweety will let you know when it's time.
Every one we love and every pet we have has got to die one day. Its a very painful part of life. Your job is to bring love to their lives while their with you and be strong when its time to let them go. And one day there may be another little animal that will need your special love in there lives and you will do it all over again....(Thats the heart of an animal lover.)
God bless you.
Shelly

Angier, NC

#15 Sep 3, 2007
Hi Calo, I really don't think I will get any more pets!! We have a dog also. How old is your cat? Mine won't sit on my lap anymore. He pretty much sleeps all day. He ate real well this morning but has not peed since yesterday. Now I am getting real worried.

“Spay and neuter your pet”

Since: Jul 07

Burnt Hills

#16 Sep 3, 2007
Shelly wrote:
Of course I took him to the vet. They gave him the 2 enemas and put him on cisapride. She said they could do blood work for $98.00 but she said she was pretty sure by the symptoms that it was kidney disease. My sister had 2 cats that she spent thousands on and they both died at 15. The vet said most cats live between 14-15 years. I had a 21 year old cat but this is not normal. It is very hard to pill a cat everyday. Why put him through that. By the way he has started eating again and seems to be happy.
Shelly - I apologize for my rude comment. When time is of the essence concerning the heath of any animal I get very anxious. Anyway last night I wrote a very detailed post and it never went through. Was I angry. Anyway I don't have time to rewrite it at this monent as I have an appointment but if you check back here around 9-10 EST I'll rewrite it okay. I hope all is well and I'll catch you later. Said a little prayer for your kitty last night. See ya!
Calo

Manchester, TN

#17 Sep 3, 2007
Hey Shelly, Simba is 10 yrs.old.
You mentioned your Jake hasn't peed since yesterday. Push down gently on his bladder "right infront of his private parts" to see if it's full and hard. If it is, take him to the vet quickly. He may not be able to go because of crystals built up in his urinary track. Simba had that about 3yrs.ago. It was very painful for him.
If I were rich I swear I would open up a clinic and offer help with no charge!!! It makes me sick to see people have to let their pets go because the vets want to make a proffet. Many will help it situations like this but alot will say "sorry".
Shelly, I'll pray for your Jake.
Please keep me informed ok?
Jake is very lucky to have you.
God Bless you.
Shelly

Kenly, NC

#18 Sep 3, 2007
He ended up going this morning. He also threw up all over. I just got done petting him and he seemed to enjoy that. I will keep you posted. I think I will know when it is time. Thanks for all of your prayers!
Shelly

Kenly, NC

#19 Sep 3, 2007
By the way thanks Norskejente. I will read your post later when you write it!!

“Spay and neuter your pet”

Since: Jul 07

Burnt Hills

#20 Sep 3, 2007
Shelly wrote:
By the way thanks Norskejente. I will read your post later when you write it!!
Hi Shelly - I'm back and will rewrite what I wrote. If you're still up give me a few to put it together okay!

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