18yr old cat
I love my Cat. I've had her for 18 years, since she was 5 weeks old.
She's had her ups and downs with wellness and we had a scare with Kidney/Liver issues
a while back (2yrs), but she's been fine since.
Well, the night before last, I gave her a can of soft cat food with her dry (which she normally
scoffs down) and this time she didnt touch it. Not like her at all. The next day (yesterday)
she couldnt eat or drink anything and threw up and had foul smelling diarrhea all day. Today, same thing.
She cant even hold down water. I've tried milk, creamer, eggs and more soft food... and nothing.
She's wobbly on her feet and I really think this is the end... I cried my eyes out this morning.
I dont want to put her through blood drawing, jabs, tests, etc at the Vet, only to have them tell me she's old and just send her home or tell me to put her down.
I know another day of no food and water will be devistating..
What would you do? I want to do the right thing for her.
Should I take her to the Vet? She hates it there and in the past has bitten/scratched etc. (totally not her norm behavior) I just dont want to do all that to her if it's just all a waste of time and only causes her pain.
Answer by Kate
well what can i say Wendy, it may be the end for her as 18 is quite old, however on the other hand it may just be a virus that will sort itself out in 48 hours, it is so difficult to say.
if i were you and as long as your cat does not appear to be in pain, let her rest and see if she can pull through on her own. However if she has not drunk anything at all then there is a danger of dehydration so if you can try to get some water into her that may help. but if she is the same tomorrow or shows further signs of illness in the mean time, then yes I'm afraid a trip to the vets is the best thing.
explain your concerns to him straight away about not wanting to put her through too much if it is just her time. If he is any good at all he should explain things to you first as to what he feels would be best for her, my vet is fantastic and I always know that he puts the cat first.
i do hope it is nothing serious and that she will be Ok again soon.
best wishes Kate