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Has your girl had any blood work run in the last 6 months?
The loss of 50% of her weight suggests blood work would be a good start. We can see conditions such as liver disease, kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, etc. that can cause severe weight loss that can be managed with medication and diet, in many cases. I would talk to your vet about doing an exam, full panel of blood work and thyroid panel. Often times, they will have results for you while you wait in the office and a determination can be made on what treatment needs to be started, if any.
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Age is not a disease, as the saying goes. Cats have lived to 30 with good body condition. Health concerns are more likely to be the root of the weight loss than age alone. $300 is a good investment to know what is wrong with her. Once you know, this can help determine what route to take. If it's related to her thyroid, medication can right what is wrong and she will gain weight back and should return to her normal condition. If this is diabetes, insulin and diet change can help. If she's in liver or kidney failure, you'll be buying her time before she passes anyhow and major medical intervention may not be indicated if you wish to avoid the expense for her to pass on anyhow.
Checking in, JACustomer. How is your companion doing?