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My Cat is wasting away before my eyes...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I am not in a very good mood today. My 16-year-old cat still refuses to eat. It's been about two months since he's been able to eat well.
He started grinding his teeth when he ate and since then doesn't eat much. At first I started force-feeding him for a week or so, but he really hated it and I felt like I was torturing him. His eyes would go all wild and he would grind his teeth more.
He's had his teeth & gums checked, sonograms, x-rays, prednisolone, anti-biotics and nothiing is helping. I was going to have exploratory surgery done but he's so weak I'm afraid he might not make it and why put him through all that if he does. The vet seems to think he has intestinal cancer (She said she felt some thickening of his intestine walls). He's gone from 10-11 lbs (his usual weight) to about 6/6.5 lbs. He still purrs from time to time but he's getting weaker and tends to like dark quiet places. I just don't understand why he only grinds his teeth when he eats. At least he doesn't seem to be in any pain.
Sometimes I really don't like pets...if they have to die, they should run around all happy and then just stop...not do this terrible lingering thing where you don't know what's wrong or what to do.
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    So sorry to hear this news about your cat. Pets are so precious and become like family. Thinking of you in EC. emoticon
    2678 days ago
    It's hard when you've cared for them so long and can do nothing for them... have you tried that paste they feed to injured cats? It's very high in nutrients and they seem to like it pretty well, but in your situation I don't know if it would be worth it. *sigh*

    My service dog died of a heart attack recently, after 15 years of loving and caring... and I have to tell you that "just stopping" is worse than having time to prepare for their departure. My X was there, trying to help him breathe and we were both crying... he was so much a part of our relationship and we both loved him so much...

    It was horrible, hearing him howl in fear for the first time in his life, watching him convulse, gasping, on the floor for the few seconds it took,and realizing there was nothing we could do for him... He'd been having a few problems and though they seemed relatively minor, because of his advanced age and our personal situation, we talked about putting him down before my X left for TX the end of September--and had decided to set aside the money from the next payday... Animals don't show pain the way people do, because in nature to do so is to put them at risk from larger preditors--or even others of their own kind!-- If I'd known Dawson was in pain...

    I wish now that we had borrowed or something and taken care of it then and there. And I hope I never go through anything like that again!

    I wouldn't give up loving people, just because pain comes with the package. It's life. And life is GOOD.

    And that is just one reason I will always have pets. They are unconditional love wrapped in fur, and I will always have room for that in my life. Everything has a price, and this, as difficult as it can be to say good bye when their time comes... is SO worth it!

    You know in your heart that your dear little friend is looking for a dark quiet place for a reason. It will be a heartache, sure, but please think seriously about it. It may quite possibly be better for the two of you if you spend some quality time with him and then help him find that quiet peace while you still have the opportunity to hold him and help him... SHERRY is right, follow your instincts--but don't wait too long... emoticon

    Kathy emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2680 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/20/2011 2:00:23 PM
  • SHERRY28269
    I had the exact experience with my cat 'Angel'. When she started not eating and running from me when I gave her meds last week, I made the painful decision to put her to sleep. She was almost 17 and has had a really good life. She had been sick for almost 2 years on and off. That was last Thursday. It was the hardest thing I've had to do in my life. I thought it was selfish of me to keep trying to force medicine and food on her and it was best to let her go. She was 12 pounds at one time and last week she was down to 6.5 pounds. You will know what to do when the time is right. emoticon
    2680 days ago
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