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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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I have an older cat who has become so thin and she barely eats.

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I have an older cat who has become so thin and she barely eats. Her stool is runny and she can't control her bowel movements. She also has difficulty sitting down, it's as though sitting down will cause her pain so she takes it very slow. I have changed her food to get her to eat, but she only eats sporadically, maybe 2 times a week. What should I do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry to hear of this with Mama Kitty. At 18 years of age there's rarely just one thing wrong going on. I suspect that she's painfully osteoarthritic but, most important, her cachexia (wasting) and inappetence are hallmarks for major organ insufficiency. Mama Kitty is likely to be in renal failure, hepatic failure, and may well suffer from an age-related cancer.It's unlikely that she can be managed in a conservative manner at home - at least initially. The first order of business would be to have her vet perform a thorough physical exam on her including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests. You'll know within 24 hours if she can be helped without going through advanced testing and therapies I would find inappropriate at her age. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin