Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Dog training - dog behavior > Cat behavior forum - cat training

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old November 1st, 2008, 02:00 PM
poobear poobear is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 4
My 15 year old cat - think she is sick

We have had 2 house cats for a long time the first one we got back in 1993, the second was picked up 6 months later, they were always kept indoors and treated very, very good. There were never any others in our house hold, myself, and my girlfriend at the time and the two cats, and they were never sick,and both had their needles. As time moved on we moved into another house, and eventually had a baby last year. In the last 2 - 3 months we have noticed a drastic change in the oldest cat, it started spending a lot of it's time in the basement, and stopped using the kitty litter box to pee in, and the cat was never ever like this. We have also noticed a big change in the cats weight, it was always a heavy cat around 12-14 pounds, now she hardly weighs 7 pounds, she still eats a lot, but seems to be drinking a lot more water. I don't know if the cat is upset with the introduction of a baby into the house hold - were she was always the baby, or if the cat is genuinely sick, yesterday I blocked off the basement removed all items( couch, chair, etc..) and started cleaning the floor, we moved the kitty litter boxes to another room, the other cat seems not to mind, but the older one just cried all night, and this morning wanted to go outside, she is sitting out by the back door and doesn't want to come back in. One more note here on this we have also noted lately with the change in the cats weight, she seems to have lost a lot of rear leg muscle, and when you pet her, you can feel her vertebrates in her back bone - any suggestions would be greatly appreciated - as this is a long time pet.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old November 1st, 2008, 02:09 PM
14+kitties's Avatar
14+kitties 14+kitties is offline
150% PRO S/N
Starcastle Champion, V:force Champion, UFO Shoot Out Champion, Parachute Panic Champion, Mission To Mars Champion, Disc Dash Champion, Crazy Closet Champion, Railway Line Champion, Penguin Pass Champion
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: MYOB
Posts: 15,408
My only suggestion to you is to get your pet to the vet the sooner the better. She is quite obviously sick. Weight loss as drastic as that is not something to fool around with. Drinking tons of water is another sign of illness. Please get your kitty to a vet.
__________________
Assumptions do nothing but make an ass out of u and me.

We can stick our heads in the sand for only so long before it starts choking us. Face it folks. The pet population is bad ALL OVER THE WORLD!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old November 1st, 2008, 02:11 PM
rainbow's Avatar
rainbow rainbow is offline
-
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Beautiful BC's Kootenay Country
Posts: 34,759
I'm sorry to hear about your kitty.....she is definitely very sick and you need to take her to the vet asap. It sounds like diabetes to me....

http://www.cat-lovers-only.com/felin...-symptoms.html

Good luck and please post with an update.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old November 1st, 2008, 02:26 PM
poobear poobear is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 4
Unhappy

Thank you for you're replies, I have to do something - this is like a child to me especially after 15 years of love and affection and is very hard to think about losing her, and to see her sick like this is even worse -:sad:
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old November 1st, 2008, 02:30 PM
rainbow's Avatar
rainbow rainbow is offline
-
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Beautiful BC's Kootenay Country
Posts: 34,759
Is your vet open today so you can phone and make an appointment to take her in as soon as possible?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old November 1st, 2008, 02:52 PM
poobear poobear is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 4
Unhappy

I just called the vet, but they are closed for the weekend, so I called the vets private number from their answering machine, and explained every thing to him, he was not to concerned on see her today and said that they would be open on Monday morning at 8:00 am, he said that diabetes was one of two possibilities, he did not bother to tell me what the other possibility was, I am dis heartened to think what that one is:sad::sad:, she will be at the vet first thing Monday morning.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old November 1st, 2008, 03:01 PM
14+kitties's Avatar
14+kitties 14+kitties is offline
150% PRO S/N
Starcastle Champion, V:force Champion, UFO Shoot Out Champion, Parachute Panic Champion, Mission To Mars Champion, Disc Dash Champion, Crazy Closet Champion, Railway Line Champion, Penguin Pass Champion
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: MYOB
Posts: 15,408
Drinking lots of water is also a sign of failing kidneys. There are lots of things you can do for that. As long as it's not too far advanced it is not a death sentence. We have a couple of people on here who have kept their ailing babies alive and thriving for a long time with proper care and food.

Speaking of food....... what are you feeding her? Cheap, dry food is the worse thing you can feed. Anything with corn, wheat gluten, by products are not great choices for your cat. Cats need meat, not corn. A good canned food with no by products, grains, etc is the best way to go. Wellness, Evo, Eagle Pack, any good quality food is the best you can do for her. It will also give her some of that extra water she is craving.

Check out our food forum here. There is tons of information on feeding your cats so they get the nutrition they need.

Thank you for getting her to the vet asap!!
__________________
Assumptions do nothing but make an ass out of u and me.

We can stick our heads in the sand for only so long before it starts choking us. Face it folks. The pet population is bad ALL OVER THE WORLD!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old November 1st, 2008, 03:03 PM
rainbow's Avatar
rainbow rainbow is offline
-
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Beautiful BC's Kootenay Country
Posts: 34,759
It could also be hyperthyroidism which is also easily treated. Glad you have an appointment for Monday morning.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old November 1st, 2008, 03:18 PM
krdahmer's Avatar
krdahmer krdahmer is offline
~Cat Servent~
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Posts: 5,229
Everyone has advised you well so I just wanted to add some for your appointment monday and second the food recommendations. Hopefully it's something treatable and you will have many more years with your furbaby!
__________________
Windy~Smoke~Buddy~Palomine~Fagan~Asker~Mickey Blue Eyes Venus

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” -Mahatma Gandhi

"We're the renegades, we're the people; With our own philosophies; We change the course of history; Everyday people like you and me"- R A T M
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old November 1st, 2008, 03:34 PM
joeysmama joeysmama is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: northeast
Posts: 1,343
Please come back and let us know how she is. I'm praying that it's something treatable and she'll be feeling better soon. I think it's a good sign that your vet didn't think it was an emergency.

I had a cat that was pretty spoiled and overweight and after our first baby was born she started to lose weight. I thought it was the upset in the household but it turns out it was a tooth problem and she wasn't chewing her food so it was kind of passing through without absorbing nutrients. We changed to a better quality food and she finally hit a healthy weight.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old November 1st, 2008, 03:41 PM
kanis's Avatar
kanis kanis is offline
Slave to Tonks
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Beautiful British Columbia
Posts: 172
My Ares ate a lot, drank a lot and lost a lot of weight. He had a hyperthyroid so I thought that's all it was. He had regular vet check ups - almost bi-monthly. When his water consumption increased, I worried it was diabetes. It was cancer. He died May 10th, 2008. He would have been 16 years old on Oct 19. I miss him. Get your cat to a vet immediately.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old November 4th, 2008, 02:13 AM
growler~GateKeeper's Avatar
growler~GateKeeper growler~GateKeeper is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 17,280
Hi Poobear

How did the vet visit go?
__________________
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do

The Spirit Lives As Long As Someone Who Lives Remembers You - Navaho Saying

Vindication ~ For all those pets who became sick or lost their lives from tainted pet food
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old November 4th, 2008, 02:25 AM
rainbow's Avatar
rainbow rainbow is offline
-
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Beautiful BC's Kootenay Country
Posts: 34,759
I was wondering the same thing.....I hope your kitty is okay.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old November 7th, 2008, 04:05 PM
poobear poobear is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 4
Unhappy

Sorry for the late reply,

Things did not go very well at all at the vets, I got some very bad news, she was diagnosed with diabetes, kidney failure, and what appeared to be intestinal cancer, we had to have her put to sleep, to stop the suffering......it was not an easy decision to make after 15 years of loyal companionship, I can't believe how quick she had started to fail, in a matter of 3-4 weeks she went from weighing 17 pounds and had dropped to 7 pounds, the vet told us that some times when the cats diet is very healthy and they are in the right environment, they can hide the fact of an illness for quite a while.
Since she had spent her entire life watching the outside world from inside, for her last 2 days we let her out to play in the leaves blowing in the wind and roll in the grass and check out all the smells and curiosities that the outdoors brings with it. We took her home yesterday and gave her a very nice spot on the property to lay to rest, it's the first place in the morning that the sun hits.
Gone but never forgotten
Ganzy(PooBear) - May 1993 - Nov 2008
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old November 7th, 2008, 05:36 PM
Dog Dancer's Avatar
Dog Dancer Dog Dancer is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 6,605
Poobear - so sorry to hear you lost your sweet kitty. You did the best by her, and that is what counts. RIP sweet kitty you were well loved by your humans.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old November 7th, 2008, 09:58 PM
kanis's Avatar
kanis kanis is offline
Slave to Tonks
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Beautiful British Columbia
Posts: 172
Poobear,

I'm so sorry for your loss. It's never easy to lose a member of the family.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old November 7th, 2008, 10:22 PM
Love4himies's Avatar
Love4himies Love4himies is offline
Rescue is my fav. breed
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Boating in the 1000 Islands
Posts: 17,763
I am so sorry to hear about poobear She is now living pain free and running and playing in the leaves.

Cats do hide their pain very well.
__________________
Cat maid to:

Jasper, male Ragdoll ?? (approx 10 yrs)
Rose semi feral, a cpietra rescue, female tabby (approx 7 yrs)

Sweet Pea RIP (2004?-2014)
Puddles RIP (1996-2014)
Snowball RIP (1991-2005)

In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats.-English Proverb

“While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.” Stephen R. Covey
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old November 8th, 2008, 02:10 AM
growler~GateKeeper's Avatar
growler~GateKeeper growler~GateKeeper is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 17,280
Poobear I'm so sorry about Ganzy :sad:

sweet Ganzy now running free at the Rainbow Bridge
__________________
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do

The Spirit Lives As Long As Someone Who Lives Remembers You - Navaho Saying

Vindication ~ For all those pets who became sick or lost their lives from tainted pet food
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old November 8th, 2008, 02:32 AM
rainbow's Avatar
rainbow rainbow is offline
-
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Beautiful BC's Kootenay Country
Posts: 34,759
Poobear, I am very sorry to hear about Ganzy. :sad: My deepest condolences to you for your loss.


Sweet Ganzy
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 0%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:37 AM.