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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
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My 14 year old cat was almost 20 lbs 3 weeks ago (bet

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My 14 year old cat was almost 20 lbs 3 weeks ago (bet nickname was "Fatty") but she's now approx 9 lbs, not eating, not drinking & not going to the bathroom. I've tried wet food but most of the time she smells it & walks away, other times she eats a bit then walks away. Her eyes look swollen or sucken in & they produce a lot of goop. She's got black crusty stuff around her nose too. Obviously she acts lathargic & nothing like her normal self. I'm a newly single mom of 2, recently went thru a divorce & I don't have the money to do a bunch of tests. Please help me. I have a feeling it might be her kidneys but I don't want her to suffer.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Such profound weight loss is seen with malignancies and the end stage of many different metabolic diseases - chronic renal failure as you mentioned, chronic hepatic failure, and diabetes mellitus are just a few of the common ones at her age. Unfortunately, we don't have the luxury of waiting to have her vet take a look at her because your description of her is one of a critically ill severely dehydrated and electrolyte-imbalanced cat. I understand your financial constraints, however. You are looking at a significant expense for a cat whom needs to be hospitalized for critical care while diagnostic results are pending and Chloe's prognosis for meaningful recovery must necessary be poor whatever is finally diagnosed. I regret to say that under the circumstances, euthanasia would be an reasonable course of action.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
That's what I thought. I'm so close with both of my cats & shes my younger one. 3 weeks ago she seemed fine & now we're here. As soon as I get some money, I'll take her in to at least be looked at. I'm sure they'll say the same thing but I'll want to spend some quality time with her before doing so.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I understand. I can't set a follow-up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update - even after rating - at a time of your choosing.