Marianna

Canada

#184 Mar 26, 2009
I had a 13 yr old cat, who was healthy, happy, and perfectly normal.
Within a matter of two weeks, he had lost almost all of his weight, and didn't eat much (which was his favorite thing to do). I took him to the vet, and he basically said. " we can run some blood tests, exploratory surgery, and hope for the best, but basically we would just be prolonging this existence that he has".
So, I thought about it, and decided to have him put to sleep.
I couldn't imagine him being sliced, and diced, and poked, and prodded, in hopes they could figure out what might be wrong with him.
It just seemed more humane to put him to sleep. He had a very long, adventure filled life.
He currently rests in an urn in my home ;)

My second, and last cat, who is now 11, is slowly starting to lose weight, although she eats like a horse, and although I love her dearly, if it got much worse ( I think its just a seasonal change), then I would have her join her buddy, right beside him.

It just doesn't make sense to me to prolong an animal on drugs, surgeries, and in the end, their lives aren't any better. They spend the remainder of their life lathargic, and a shadow of their formal selves. It doesn't seem real happy to me.
YourAnIdiot

White Lake, MI

#185 Mar 26, 2009
If that is all your vet said, then you SERIOUSLY need to find a new vet. No one here can help you except a vet (obvisouly not the one that all he said was give him ensure).

“Spay and neuter your pet”

Since: Jul 07

Burnt Hills

#186 Mar 26, 2009
Marianna wrote:
I had a 13 yr old cat, who was healthy, happy, and perfectly normal.
Within a matter of two weeks, he had lost almost all of his weight, and didn't eat much (which was his favorite thing to do). I took him to the vet, and he basically said. " we can run some blood tests, exploratory surgery, and hope for the best, but basically we would just be prolonging this existence that he has".
So, I thought about it, and decided to have him put to sleep.
I couldn't imagine him being sliced, and diced, and poked, and prodded, in hopes they could figure out what might be wrong with him.
It just seemed more humane to put him to sleep. He had a very long, adventure filled life.
He currently rests in an urn in my home ;)
My second, and last cat, who is now 11, is slowly starting to lose weight, although she eats like a horse, and although I love her dearly, if it got much worse ( I think its just a seasonal change), then I would have her join her buddy, right beside him.
It just doesn't make sense to me to prolong an animal on drugs, surgeries, and in the end, their lives aren't any better. They spend the remainder of their life lathargic, and a shadow of their formal selves. It doesn't seem real happy to me.
okay Marianna, from reading your comment you need to do two things. One get a new vet, two, you need more education on how to care for your cats. First I don't understand how your vet can make the comment he did without running any tests. More often than not a blood test will show the vet exactly what is wrong. Whne either a human, dog or cat is sick that is the first thing to be done. If something is amiss in the blood work they have a good idea what is or what could be wrong. Sometimes they may have to do additional testing to confirm an illness. Any surgeries that need to be done to the animal will not cause pain as they will be anesthetized. Not all illnesses are a death sentence. Case in point, my one kitty has the begining of renal (kidney) failure but meds have helped control and slow down this disease. She has been on this meds for 3 yrs now and she is still active and plays with all the others at the age of 14 yrs. The vet said she can live another 4 to 5 yrs. So why put her down? Do all these people who have to be on meds all their lives not have quality of life cause they are on medication? What may I ask was wrong with the first cat? As for your second cat, from the sound of it may have a thyroid problem which can be controled with meds and or a simple surgery. Please find another vet. Do NOT delay. This is NOT just a seasonal change?????
Karen

Saint Paul, MN

#187 Mar 29, 2009
I thought that because I knew it was time for Clydie, that I had no choice but to send him to catnip heaven, I would be feeling better as time goes by. And immediately afterward I was actually OK. However, as the days go by (it's been a week now), the finality of it sinks in, that he's gone forever and I'll never ever see him again and I'm feeling sadder than last week. I guess this is a normal process. Now I'm wishing I could have one last hug and then I realize that it's forever and I feel so sad, so empty and of course I cry. I guess this is all part of the process of losing a best friend.

“Spay and neuter your pet”

Since: Jul 07

Burnt Hills

#188 Mar 29, 2009
Karen wrote:
I thought that because I knew it was time for Clydie, that I had no choice but to send him to catnip heaven, I would be feeling better as time goes by. And immediately afterward I was actually OK. However, as the days go by (it's been a week now), the finality of it sinks in, that he's gone forever and I'll never ever see him again and I'm feeling sadder than last week. I guess this is a normal process. Now I'm wishing I could have one last hug and then I realize that it's forever and I feel so sad, so empty and of course I cry. I guess this is all part of the process of losing a best friend.
I know exactly how you feel!!!! I truly sympathize with you. Forever is such a very long time. My Tabitha was my best friend and we couldn't find out what was wrong with her but we knew it was the end and so we decided catnip heaven was where she needed to go in order to be free of pain. We decided (my vets) that a necropsy was neeeded in order to give us an answer. After we sent her to catnip heaven and before the necropsy I asked the vet for some time with her. Well I held her in my arms for at least 10 to 15 minutes before the vet tech came back in to get her. I asked for a few more minutes with her and she said that Tom (the vet) was waiting. I replied that I know but forever is such a very long time and I just cried and cried knowing I could never hold her in my arms again. I cherish those last moments. Now when I want to hold her I grab a teddy bear and close my eyes and think of her and sgueeze the heck out of one poor TB:) Think happy thoughts Karen. Clyde knows you had is best interest at heart and that you loved him. He's with God and is no longer sick and in pain thanks to you. He may not be here physically but her is in your heart forever and no one can take that from you.

“Spay and neuter your pet”

Since: Jul 07

Burnt Hills

#189 Mar 29, 2009
Karen, As an after thought do you think that maybe rescuing another kitty who needs tlc and a home would help ease your grief? You know that would be a beautiful tribute to Clyde. It would be saying to him that you had such a wonderful and special love for him and that you can't help but think to have that again would be an honor in his memory. Sometimes that helps to take your mind off your loss and focus on something positive. Hey, maybe a female and you can name her Bonnie:)
Karen

Saint Paul, MN

#190 Mar 29, 2009
A Bonnie would be a great idea - I've thought of getting new kitty from a shelter but not absolutely sure yet(too soon, have another cat and my place is small). Clyde actually was named by people at the shelter where I got him. And there was a female in the litter and they had named her Bonnie. When the time comes, that would be a good idea to name my next kitty Bonnie. And it would definitely be from a shelter. Thanks again.
Barbara

Whittier, CA

#191 Mar 30, 2009
My cat, T-Bone, is 17 years old, he was doing great until last year, when he had to have surgery for a cyst on the side of his face., it was awful., his whole jawbone was exposed., after that, he started losing weight, and now he is just skin and bone., he eats all the time, but seems to be getting thinner and thinner., I thought maybe he could have tapeworms or something., or maybe it was just he didnt fare well after the surgery., being he is so old., his bloodwork, showed he didn't have anything wrong., sometimes he screams out like he is in pain.., other than that he seems to be a happy cat., but it breaks my heart to see him so thin.,

“Spay and neuter your pet”

Since: Jul 07

Burnt Hills

#192 Mar 30, 2009
Barbara wrote:
My cat, T-Bone, is 17 years old, he was doing great until last year, when he had to have surgery for a cyst on the side of his face., it was awful., his whole jawbone was exposed., after that, he started losing weight, and now he is just skin and bone., he eats all the time, but seems to be getting thinner and thinner., I thought maybe he could have tapeworms or something., or maybe it was just he didnt fare well after the surgery., being he is so old., his bloodwork, showed he didn't have anything wrong., sometimes he screams out like he is in pain.., other than that he seems to be a happy cat., but it breaks my heart to see him so thin.,
Seems to me that it may be necessary to have his blood checked out again. It could be cancer or it could be thyroid or a kidney issue. If he is really getting too thin I would not delay. Tomorrow isn't soon enough. His eating is a good sign though. Also sometimes elderly kitties do cry out for reasons like they are confused or possibly deaf. My cat Sammy is 20 yrs and she sometimes does this. Also 17 isn't so old for a kitty especially one that has had a good life and someone who cares such as yourself. Please do take him asap. Some diseases can be put in check with the right meds and enable your kitty to live even longer. Good luck and please let us know how you made out.
porkchop

Mccormick, SC

#193 Jul 17, 2009
Shelly wrote:
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.
I could do it alot cheaper than that.
Chelsea

Mexico, NY

#194 Jun 23, 2010
i have a cat named little one i am 14 years old and when i was 10 i was walking home from school and some kids were messing with her she was a stray i picked her up and took her to the vet right away since then she has been doin pretty good but still seems tramutized when shes neer children she hasnt been eating well and is extremly skinny we have taken her to a vet and he put her on a high calorie diet she has been eating more and more but she seems to just get skinnier i think it may be related to what you said about the upper intestines shes only 4 years old and we really dont want to put her down.........

“Spay and neuter your pet”

Since: Jul 07

Burnt Hills

#195 Jun 23, 2010
Chelsea wrote:
i have a cat named little one i am 14 years old and when i was 10 i was walking home from school and some kids were messing with her she was a stray i picked her up and took her to the vet right away since then she has been doin pretty good but still seems tramutized when shes neer children she hasnt been eating well and is extremly skinny we have taken her to a vet and he put her on a high calorie diet she has been eating more and more but she seems to just get skinnier i think it may be related to what you said about the upper intestines shes only 4 years old and we really dont want to put her down.........
Manlius, I know where that is and little one is the name of your kitty and I have a little one too! Okay can you find out from your mom if the vet took any blood from the kitty to have it tested? This is very important and you must find out first before I can help you farther. Please let me know right away as I am going away for two weeks on Sunday. Maybe you can have your mom help out here so I can ask her some more specific questions. I am not a vet but I have 25 kitties of my own that are rescues. I know lots of things about cats and it may be necessary for your mom to take kitty back to the vet or to another one. Please don't delay so I can help you with your little one:)
Breonna

Fayetteville, NC

#196 Jul 1, 2010
My cat roxanne is a maine coon. And over the past couple months she has done nothing but withered away. We are taking her to the vets tomorrow. But she uses the bathroom fine. [has an awful strong smell to her poop] and she eats everyday and drinks all her water. The only thing I can think is heartworms. She is now nothing but skin and bones and I'm very sad. :(
Nynaeve

Cookeville, TN

#197 Jul 9, 2010
I have 2 babies, a huge black kitty named Romeo (2 years old) and a little calico named Bitsy (16 months). My MIL and I rescued Bitsy from some of my Husband's cousins who were chasing and scaring her when she was around 5weeks old, and who we found out had feline hepatitis when she gave it to our other kitty. Romeo I took away from some teenagers I found kicking him (quite literally) around like a soccer ball when he was roughly 9 weeks old, and as a result has permanent brain trauma in addition to the feline hep. Both of them eat well, and Romeo is as fat as shiny as any kitty mama could ask for, but Bitsy is not gaining weight like she should.

My vet and I have been struggling to get her weight up since I got her, but nothing is working. There are no other factors except for the hepatitis, we have run every test we could think of on her, but all came back negative. She's energetic and she is always running around bullying our beagle, or wrestling with Romeo, or just playing with stray bottle caps. She gets plenty of water, and she's not having any trouble with bm (although she does like to pee in plastic bags if we leave any around). I've been reading this thread for awhile, and I'm impressed with the knowledge that I see, so I'm hoping that someone will have some ideas to help me get some weight on her. Unfortunately it can't be too expensive, since we already owe our vet almost $5,000 and you can't get walmart or petco to allow a payment plan...

“Spay and neuter your pet”

Since: Jul 07

Burnt Hills

#198 Jul 9, 2010
Nynaeve wrote:
I have 2 babies, a huge black kitty named Romeo (2 years old) and a little calico named Bitsy (16 months). My MIL and I rescued Bitsy from some of my Husband's cousins who were chasing and scaring her when she was around 5weeks old, and who we found out had feline hepatitis when she gave it to our other kitty. Romeo I took away from some teenagers I found kicking him (quite literally) around like a soccer ball when he was roughly 9 weeks old, and as a result has permanent brain trauma in addition to the feline hep. Both of them eat well, and Romeo is as fat as shiny as any kitty mama could ask for, but Bitsy is not gaining weight like she should.
My vet and I have been struggling to get her weight up since I got her, but nothing is working. There are no other factors except for the hepatitis, we have run every test we could think of on her, but all came back negative. She's energetic and she is always running around bullying our beagle, or wrestling with Romeo, or just playing with stray bottle caps. She gets plenty of water, and she's not having any trouble with bm (although she does like to pee in plastic bags if we leave any around). I've been reading this thread for awhile, and I'm impressed with the knowledge that I see, so I'm hoping that someone will have some ideas to help me get some weight on her. Unfortunately it can't be too expensive, since we already owe our vet almost $5,000 and you can't get walmart or petco to allow a payment plan...
Thank you for rescuing Romeo and Bitsy. What is Bitsy's weight now and what are you feeding her. Also if Romeo is overweight has he had a thyroid test done to see if there is a problem with him? Let's start there first. Also do you free feed or only feed once or twice a day.
Nynaeve

Cookeville, TN

#199 Jul 10, 2010
Romeo is not overweight, he is just very large and furry lol. We suspect he may be part Maine Coone. But he is very muscular as well, so not much of that is actually fat. According to our vet, he is in pretty much perfect condition if you ignore the feline hep and brain damage. My comment on Romeo being fat and shiny was more a local slang than anything else.

Bitsy weighs at 3lbs 4oz at the moment which is actually a bit up from last week. She is not a very large kitty, but our vet said she needs to be at least 6lbs to be anywhere close to healthy, and he would prefer to see her at 7-8lbs.

Both of them are fed the same thing, which is half a can of friskies pate morning and evening, with a full bowl of purina dry food available all day long. Plus, a cute face meowing at the fridge door generally winds up in a tsp of tuna or salmon (the kind that comes in water, not the oil based) for either of them. Bitsy has no trouble eating, or keeping everything down.
Nynaeve

Cookeville, TN

#200 Jul 10, 2010
Eh... no clue why that just double posted lol...
Nynaeve

Cookeville, TN

#201 Jul 10, 2010
Or why it just changed my city lol, but oh well.
Jenna

Medford, NJ

#202 Jul 19, 2010
I also have a "teen" cat (13yr old F) who has lost so much weight. The vet tested and found thyroid...put her on that med that begins with an M. For a few weeks she did great...but then started self mutilating in her face and neck area. Turns out that this is a rare side effect of the med. I took her off it until the mutilating cleared up, then started her again on a very very low dose, hoping to desensitize her to it by giving small dose over long periods, slowly increasing it. But she is still having a slight reaction. i don't know what to do. She has never been a big cat, but weighs only 6 lbs.
Has anyone ever been thru this?
sharon

Nottingham, UK

#203 Jul 22, 2010
hi my cat is 20 years old he eat about 6 times aday he drinks well but he is all skin and bones what shell i do is it time to put him to sleep,

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