Should I put my cat to sleep? Siamese is 16 years old. a year ago his spleen was taken out due to mast cell. he has put on weight and kept it until now and takes steroid, benadryl, etc. everything has been great. what led to surgery was him crashing, barfing diahrea.
About a week ago we noticed he was squinting and starting to sleep with his mouth cracked. never seen this before. we took him to the vet and they did tests and couldn't tell us much except for some elevated liver levels over where he was last blood test. they did some eye tests and i forget but he wasn't reacting to every situation with the light off/on, but they think his retinas were good and pressure test was ok.
I'm at a loss with their guidance i feel its not good enough care. so they put him on orbax and zydaclin hoping a small chance it was a virus or something, otherwise considering he has cancer and is old look into putting him to sleep.
Just not enough info for me, I am stuck in a small town right now.
Its day 5 on the meds. he is still drinking allot and going to the bathroom. appetite shifts. he ate allot the day before yesterday then went 3/4 of the day without, then ate some wet food
. he is also liking chicken broth. since we keep a log of his weight anyway he is down 3/4 pound compared to before we noticed him not feeling well. not sure if thats a good enough sample.
he is very lethargic and stumbles a bit with everything that he does. he walks a little funny, has a little trouble cleaning himself. doesn't seem to react to stimuli as much, but he is navigating the house with litter box, food, bed, etc.
he just seems run down in a haze, but we are just ending day 5 on all these meds and i think their course runs out around day 10. tonight he was yodeling with me in the room and his tongue hangs out. i get the feeling he was uncomfortable trying to find a rest spot. this seems off and wierd to me so i gave in and gave him the pain meds they gave us after surgery in case he was in pain.
he isn't squinting like he was for the past few days now, i see color in his eyes but he leaves them cracked allot. they seem watery. little crust in the corners but no goop with color flowing out.
what i would love to know is how to determine how long i ride this out if its some secondary problem like herpes, or if its just a sign that he is slipping away and i should end his pain and put him to sleep. i just started giving him lysine in case it is herpes, they couldn't tell me a thing.