Okay, let me start by saying the cat in question, Oreo, is a short hair female indoor only cat who will be 13 on May 5th, that is if she lives that long, which up until a few days ago, I had no doubt that she would. Now, I'm praying for a miracle.
We had her to the vet yesterday, spent well over $600 and learned nothing. Quite frankly, I'm somewhat tiffed at my vet, for trying to talk me into letting them do an ultra-sound, x-rays, and an endoscope since the initial exam found nothing. We moved about 2 1/2 weeks ago, and the first week she seemed fine. She was happy exploring every room, testing out all the chairs, getting in boxes, playing with toys, being her normal old self. Then she started eating less and less and this weekend she stopped eatting and drinking altogether.
Here's what the vet said:
Heart and lungs sounded perfect
Blood work ruled out most common things like diabetes, etc
Still waiting for the results of the thyroid blood work
Exam went fine. Felt no masses/problems with any organs
She is not jaundice (a few years ago she got pancreatitis, stopped eating, and got so sick she developed fatty liver. Her skin was literally this color
Her skin color is perfectly normal but Oreo tipped the scale over 20 lbs most of her life and yesterday she was only 11 lbs 15 ozs. The vet said you can definitely feel her spine, which has only happened within the last week.
So, the vet gave her a shot of IV fluids, and sent us home with an appetite stimulate and two kinds of "vet approved" cat food which is supposed to be "amazing" for "cats that aren't eating but we don't really know why they aren't eating so we give them this and they love it! It's enriched to ..." blah blah blah whatever, and over 24 hours later Orie has yet to touch the canned food they gave us or the dry food. We've tried turkey, chicken flavored baby food, and regular canned food which she had been getting for about 2 months and up until recently, loved!
One last thing, she's doing this thing, the vet has no idea why, or what exactly it is, but I call it "the licky-lick" She started doing it a couple weeks ago (before we moved) but only right before she vommitted. Now she does it constantly, I even noticed her doing it while dozing!
Does anyone have any advice? We lost her "brother" Snickers October 17, 2007 at nearly 12 due to cancer, so I'm trying to prepare
myself for the worst, but I'm hoping caring cat owners might have some suggestions!