Hello, I have a Himalayan cat that is approx. 8 years old (she was a rescue). Has a history of digestive issues. In 2011 she tested positive for clostridium. The last few years, she has had a history of constipation that usually results in me having to give a high dose of lactulose or have a vet give her an enema.
This past August, I took her to the vet for weight loss, lethargy, loss of appetite and sinus
issues. Her highest weight has been 8.5, but she had gone down to 7.5 within a matter of a few months, and a few months later she went down to 6.5. The vet treated her for a few days to try to remove the very hard feces that was stuck inside her, and a couple of times thought she had felt a growth while doing so. The first time she thought she found one she did an x-ray and it eased her worry about it, and the second time she thought she found one she encouraged me to take her to a hospital to get an ultrasound. I rushed her to an emergency vet within an hour, and the ultrasound found no growth. She stayed in the hospital two days to receive fluids, get treated for a sinus infection and get treated for constipation.
Upon returning home from the hospital, she had an increased appetite and had very normal bowel movements, which she hadn't experienced for a while. Her energy was back, even in a way I hadn't seen in months.
I've noticed over the past few days she has a loss of appetite again, and I feel that she is a little lighter when I pick her up. She has become lethargic this week, and tonight she just in general acts like she doesn't feel good. She's been sneezing
a lot again, which always makes me wonder if she's not able to smell the food
and, therefore, doesn't care about eating it. But she is also hunched over at times when she stands, which is something I notice her doing when she is constipated. It's really difficult to tell when she is constipated because I have three cats and am away at work during the day, so I'm not around to see her go or always know who's doing what.
Can you please tell me your thoughts, and next steps? I am also contemplating what vet to take her to ... the vet that thought she had discovered a growth would not give her an enema for the constipation, which has been a solution in the past with a different vet (that has now passed away). The last vet that treated her was the emergency vet hospital nearby, and they said I could bring her in tonight but they are currently full and treating many "red zone" cases right now.
Thanks for your help.