One of my 20 yr. old cats has been losing weight so I brought him in for blood work. All the tests came back normal except it showed him anemic. We wormed him as I'd had others get anemic from hookworms so I thought I'd give that a try first. After 2 weeks he kept declining. I brought him back in today and his anemia is worse, but he's negative for feluk/aids, overactive thyroid, no fever and all the other tests are normal. He's lost 2 lbs. in 2 weeks. He's down 5 lbs. in the last 6 months. We think it could be cancer, but here is my question. Let me back up, I realize now that he had an upper respiratory episode going on that I didn't know about. You know how well they hide stuff. Anyway, I'm wondering if the anemia could be caused by him not eating enough. I didn't have a chance to ask my vet this question this afternoon so I thought I'd ask you and see if anyone out there has any experience with anemia.
The vet gave him a short acting steroid injection, a B complex injuection and little fluid under the skin, just to perk him up. I have him on Clavamox 2X a day. He did eat a little when he came home from the vet.
He's not acting ill, just weak. He still wants to be held and looks like he feels OK other than being weak.
Any comments you have will be greatly appreciated.