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Help. Our cat diagnosed with pancreatitis 2-3 weeks ago has

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Help. Our cat diagnosed with pancreatitis 2-3 weeks ago has become totally anorexic. Responds to smell of food with contortions of the mouth. Have tried food stimulant
( mirtazapine), gets daily 200 ml of fluids, 2x daily doses of Pepcid and raglan, and buprenex, pain med. still not eating. Skin and bones. Any suggestions????
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 4 months ago.

Thank you for using Just Answer. My name is Rebecca; I am a veterinarian. Please give me a moment to type my answer.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 4 months ago.

I am sorry to hear your cat is so sick with pancreatitis, and is not eating. How long since he last ate food?

One concern is a condition called "fatty liver" or hepatic lipidosis. If a cat goes too long not eating, it causes this serious liver condition. Has he had any recent blood tests to check his liver values?

Expert:  Rebecca replied 4 months ago.

I might try Cerenia for appetite and nausea. However, if he has fatty liver, he may need a feeding tube implanted to get him eating again. It is easier to give medication through a tube as well.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 4 months ago.

Has an ultrasound been done? When a cat is not eating, and is skin and bones, I worry about cancer. How old is your cat?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Rodney is 12. We have tried Cerenia, with no success. We did have an ultrasound. No cancer, but pancreatitis was detected. This process started. 7 weeks ago with a UTI requiring 3 weeks of. Antibiotics. He began gaining some weight and became increasingly active. However this was short -lived and his anorexia returned and. Became even more. Pronounced. On two occasions. He was hospitalized for 3 to 4 days. On. Both visits Intravenous. Fluids. Temporarily ended. His anorexia.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 4 months ago.

I am worried about his anorexia leading to fatty liver syndrome. I would consider having a feeding tube put in, and checking his liver values. How long ago were blood tests done?

Expert:  Rebecca replied 4 months ago.

I hope you were able to see my response; I have not heard back from you! How is Rodney doing?

Please let me know if this was helpful! If you have more questions, please ask.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 4 months ago.

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