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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-27-2018, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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Hi. Just wanting some quick advice about my 17 year old girl, Siva. Last Thursday she started vomiting and diarrhea and was acting weird and somewhat weak and lathargic. Took her to the vet Friday and they did all labs, urine and an abdominal X-ray. She was dehydrated so they gave her sub q fluids and a shot for nausea.
All tests normal. Diagnosed with just a stomach virus.

Now here we are almost a week later and she won’t eat. She looks better, somewhat. Sometimes I can pet her and she’ll take a few bites but that’s it. I’ve tried everything. All her favorite foods. It’s like she’s afraid of it.

Called the vet. They gave her an appetite stimulant and pain meds. She’ll eat a few bites after the pain meds but that’s it. Vet said it could be pancreatitis.

Please give me any advice you can. Anyone experience this before? I’m frustrated and sad at the same time.

Could it be that she’s just dying?
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At 17 it is a possibility, my cat had liver issues that made him stop eating. When it 'hurts to eat' they develop an aversion. You can with your vets consultation use a feeding tube but that is a difficult choice. Is she hiding? Crying? Best to you and Siva.

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Hi Jlud,
Were her teeth checked? If she's got bad teeth or gums, it often becomes to painful to eat also...
At 17 years, if it is mouth issues, you would have to decide if it would be worth the effort to risk her going under anesthesia, and not coming back out of it.

If it's not mouth issues, she may be finally running out of the will to live (I've been there with a Grandma kitty...)

You could try making her wet food into a smoothie, that worked for a while with my Grandma....she was able to lap it up, and she got extra hydration, with enough water added, to blend it into the smoothie.

You could be coming up to an even harder decision...
If she won't eat, she will waste away, and it will be very hard for her...
Some things never get easier, but the last, most important gift of Love, we can give them, is to let them go, with Love, and dignity, painlessly...
I know how hard it is, to think about that...
Many, many Hugs...

"A Cat must have three different names:
An everyday family name; A particular name;
And the name but the Cat Himself Knows, and will never confess." T.S. Eliot

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