Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:50 PM
Hi there I am new to the forums although I have been reading for quite awhile. Apologies for this first post being a long one.
I have an elderly cat who is almost 17 yo. About 6 weeks ago we had to pts her older sister who had many problems. It was tough during the last 18 months with Annie as she yowled almost constanly some days, the vet said she had cat dementia as well as a thyriod condition, heart and kidney problems Moppet seemed to be sad at first but then seemed to enjoy being an only cat.
I was the one who could not cope with only one cat in the house (after 5 at one stage) and got a kitten. At first Moppet was hissy and and ran from him, after a few days she stopped eating and blaming myself for stressing her with a new kitten took her to the vet. Her potassium levels were very low and the vet put her on tablets, the vet said her not eating was nothing to do with a new kitten as she did not stop eating until a few days after the kittens arrival. The kitten was lonley and tried to play with her so I got another one to be a friend so he would not bother Moppet.
On the potassium tablets as well as her cortisone for a bowel problem and blood pressure tablets she seemed to improve although her appetite was not as voracious as it used to be. The two kittens did not seem to bother her and she stopped hissing at them, instead giving them the "look" if they tried to play with her. All was good or so I thought.
5 days ago she again stopped eating, she wanted to but if she tried she would gag and claw at her mouth. I took her to the vet and they kept her in overnight rehydrating her. The opinion was she had throat ulcers possibly caused by the scratching of the large tablets she was on. She came home from vets yesterday as they considered she was eating ok. Today all she has had is some juice from a can of sardines. She will not try any chicken mince, her favourite. She seems really miserable and just wants to lie on the path outside. She also has a large lesion on her head under her ear, the 3 vets at my practice all have different opinions as to what it is, one says it is sun cancer which is what I thought it was originally. This lesion is raw looking and horrible, it looked like just a dry scab until one vet told us to soak it off and apply antifungal lotion, it seems to be getting worse.
My question is, when do you know if your darling cat has had enough, is she trying to tell me something by not eating. Would I be prolonging her pain by taking her back to the vet to be rehydrated and force fed?
Please help I am feeling very sad.