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When did Mingka last have blood work?Is she able to eat any food readily or just small pieces and fluid?Any vomiting or diarrhea?
The question is what started this for her. The weight loss is likely due to her not being able to eat very much. If she has not had blood work performed or even a recent exam, my concerns with her age would be oral pain, organ dysfunction, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, etc. I would recommend having her examined, blood work performed including a thyroid panel and an exam performed to determine if she is in need of a dental cleaning/extractions.
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You did ask what could cause weight loss so quickly and those are your top answers. If you wish to avoid veterinary care for her, you'r best bet is continue as you're doing now with soft foods. Eventually with more persistent weight loss, you're likely going to need to consider euthanasia for her vs. allowing her to continue to lose more weight. Alas, she is over 12 years of age and just like a senior human the risk of her body beginning to fail is a substantial one.