Cat Veterinary

Have Cat Questions? Ask a Cat Vet Online.

Ask a Cat Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

I just read a case similar to what I have been experiencing…

Customer Question
I just read a case...
I just read a case similar to what I have been experiencing with my senior cat, but I think mine could be worse. I have a 17 and a half year old female cat, she has always been pretty healthy. Also she has always been only my cat since I was only 6 years old and as a kid with a responsibility I did not make a great job, and we have only visited the vet about four times in her whole life. Thankfully she has been super healthy until recently. I think it may be important to mention we are very attached to each other, as for when I started to be more absent her health started to decline, more specifically a little over a year ago when I had the opportunity to take a long vacation. At the time we used to live with my parents in the same house she has always lived on, she stopped eating had constant diarrhea and with a couple of shots and my return she got her health back. As I work very far from my parents’ house I had to move out because I live in a chaotic city. I didn’t want to move her out with me because of her age and it seemed it could be hard on her to adapt to a new place in which she would be alone for entire day, (she likes company and my stay at home mom and my home office dad have always been around with her although my parents and my cat did not interact with each other, they just used to breath in the same room) I used to go back every weekend to see her, sometimes more but as we were not sleeping together anymore she started to have health problems again, the same ones as when I was on vacation. Finally I got a job that allows me to be with her a lot more but I still have to move out of my parents’ house so she moved in with me and got her health back for about two months. For the last couple of weeks she has been having health problems, and they seem to be rapidly getting worse. She has been having trouble moving, she started to slow down a lot in walking, jumping and even taking a seat for about a month now and it seems that every day is a lot more of hard work for her, she even goes to her litter and can get herself all in before doing her business and everything is a mess now. She has been having constant diarrhea, very liquid with some chunks on, it sometimes seems like it has a bit of mucus on it and almost every time it has a small amount of blood on it maybe 4 droplets or more. Sometimes it doesn’t seems like she is quite finished and walks a little more and2 poops in another place but a very little amount. A week ago on Friday she started vomiting everything she ate, then seemed to stop and then come back. I went to look out for a vet who gave her 3 shots, one for the pain, one for gastritis and one antibiotic. He told me it was likely for her to have a renal failure, and she should be on an digestive care diet, she is an aggressive cat so he told me to be sure of his diagnosis he must get her some blood work but for her age it was almost impossible to retreat the blood, as he would have to give her some anesthesia but it would be likely for her to not wake up. And it would maybe be a lot of trouble and stress for her as for it was very very likely the results would show she was in fact sick and the treatment would do very little for her because of her fragile state. Since then she has almost stopped eating, not her digestive diet cans, or the food she used to eat. A day she eats a couple of bites of ham or tuna, and takes in a lot of water. She still has diarrhea but as almost all she takes in is water her poop is almost liquid. I have been reading a lot trying to get informed about what she might have, how to deal with it, and even if the best option is putting her to rest. She has been losing a lot of weight, and seems hungry every time I approach the kitchen, but would not eat. She only wakes up to take a bite or two, poop and drink water and if I’m lucky enough she might stay awake for not more than 10 minutes for a cuddle session. She does not seem to be in pain. I already stablished the three things she loves most, (getting up when she hears the dishes, waking me up in the morning and eating her treats) She do’s 2 out of 3, but I still wonder how long should wait until I have to make the decision as for me, it feels like I’m watching her die in slow motion and it is very hard to deal with. I do not want to wait until I see her suffering before I make the decision, as I do not want her to suffer at all. But I’m afraid it would be too soon and I would be robbing us of our last mornings together. Sometimes it feels like she was waiting for us to have our final time together, to say our goodbyes and spent two months together and finally let go. What should I do? Is there anything I can do for her? Any kind of treatment I can give her? Should I wait no more? S
I’m very sorry for this to be too long, and for my broken English, this is my second tongue. As I mentioned before, we did not frequent any vet, so I really do not know who to talk to. Please help.
Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Answered in 14 hours by:
7/30/2017
Cat Veterinarian: Joan, Vet Tech replied 11 months ago
Joan
Joan, Vet Tech
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 19,748
Experience: Vet Tech 35+ years working w/Cats
Verified

Hello,

My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 35+ years. I am so sorry you have to post a question like about your long time friend. I know this is the hardest decision anyone who has a Pet has to make. You have done a great job getting her to 17 years old. If this is Kidney failure as suspected by the Vet. Generally we have the Cat on a special diet and do subcutaneous fluids under the skin to keep the toxins from building up in the body. She is showing you signs at this time she is tired and weak. Her time of 10mins cuddling is all the strength she has. The fact she is not eating is another problem because cats when they do not eat find their Liver affected with Hepatic Lipadosis which is Fatty liver Disease. This too allows the toxins to build in the body to the point it can affect her body and mind.

The prognosis/what will happen is not good and she will continue to decline ahere she can no longer spend the precious 10 mins of cuddling with you.

Her body is giving out and even though she loves you, he quality of life is failing. I cannot tell you what to do, but you need to be seriously considering saying goodbye. I know this is the hardest answer I ever have to give, but ultimately you will have to make the decision. Sometimes loviing them means letting go rather than waiting the extra time.

Please hit reply and we can disuss this. I know it is hard for you not only becuase of language, but because of your love of her.

Joan

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: Joan, Vet Tech replied 11 months ago

I hope the information I supplied gave you some clarity on what you want to do. I hope I was helpful and I am here if you need further help.

Joan

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a cat veterinarianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Joan Your Own Question
Joan
Joan
Joan, Vet Tech
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 19,748
19,748 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Vet Tech 35+ years working w/Cats

Joan is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Cat Veterinarian

3,959 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

4,834 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

4,652 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

3,998 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Cat Veterinarian

3,943 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew

Cat Veterinarian

3,076 satisfied customers

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Deb

Dr. Deb

Cat Veterinarian

2,959 satisfied customers

I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.

< Previous | Next >

Related Cat Veterinary Questions
Well, we have an outdoor cat and a relatively new dog. When
Well, we have an outdoor cat and a relatively new dog. When we first got our dog, she would roll in and eat the cats poop. I scolded her and gave her a lot of baths and hopefully broke her of the habi… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
11,013 satisfied customers
My parents dog got ahold of my cat a few nights ago. At
My parents dog got ahold of my cat a few nights ago. At first he only seemed emotionaly tramatized with no external injuries. Since then he is having trouble eating and drinking. After we give him liq… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
11,013 satisfied customers
My welding plans are great, except for my parents being
My welding plans are great, except for my parents being such assholes. They pulled out half of the money form the wedding saying they couldn't afford it. Bullshit!!! Now Paul and I have to pay for sev… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
11,013 satisfied customers
Thank you for considering my question: Soup, my 15-year-old
hello, and thank you for considering my question:Soup, my 15-year-old calico Tabby, is exhibiting unusual behavior. It's not an emergency situation, but it does have me worried for her well-being. I w… read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
2,985 satisfied customers
Help. My beautiful 7 1/2 week old kitten swallowed 1/2 a
Help. My beautiful 7 1/2 week old kitten swallowed 1/2 a nipple as she was bottle feeding ab out 15 minutes ago. She is acting normal. I plan to call her vet first thing in the morning. Should I be ta… read more
Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
600 satisfied customers
My 1 1/2 old fixex girl cat has 2 thingsthat bother me, 1 her
My 1 1/2 old fixex girl cat has 2 thingsthat bother me, 1 her poop stinks - I mean reeks & can be smelled rooms away & has been this way since we adopted her from the shelter, after she was found w/ a… read more
Steve O.
Steve O.
Practicing Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,640 satisfied customers
hello. I had 2 cats--brother and sister--I raised from kittens
hello. I had 2 cats--brother and sister--I raised from kittens and they were 10 years old. They of coarse were companions in my home. The brother died 3 months ago. It is myself and the ten year old f… read more
Dr. John
Dr. John
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
5,053 satisfied customers
Hello! Panicked cat parent, here. She was perfectly fine and
Hello! Panicked cat parent, here. She was perfectly fine and alert yesterday morning, then vomited two hairballs at once about noon (each about 2.5 inches long), followed by her normal foam vomit a co… read more
CalCatDoc
CalCatDoc
veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
553 satisfied customers
My mom recently went into a nursing home. Her 13 year old
My mom recently went into a nursing home. Her 13 year old spayed cat Penny needs to move in with me. (All my cats are exclusively indoors of course) Penny has not been vaccinated in 9 years. At my hou… read more
Dr. Drew
Dr. Drew
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,076 satisfied customers
We have a ten-year old female Maine Coon named Savannah who,
We have a ten-year old female Maine Coon named Savannah who, up until yesterday, hated everyone but loved me and my husband. Within the past day, she became extremely aggressive toward us both. Initia… read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,413 satisfied customers
What should we do with our cat during an 11 day vacation? Options:
What should we do with our cat during an 11 day vacation? Options: 1. board at our Vet 2. Take her with us (11 hr car ride then stay at my parents' home with us) 3. Ask a friend to check on her at hom… read more
Dr. John
Dr. John
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
5,053 satisfied customers
I have a female cat named Chloe. She is a little over a year
I have a female cat named Chloe. She is a little over a year old and she is like a mini-cat. She's very small, about the size of a 6 month old kitten. She has a very sweet, timid and often skittish pe… read more
ER Vet
ER Vet
Medical Director
VMD
1,770 satisfied customers
Good morning, So my cat Jasmine is about six years old,
Good morning, So my cat Jasmine is about six years old, and two months ago she moved from my step dads house with her brother, Samson (they had to stay locked up in the basement for the majority of th… read more
CriticalCareVet
CriticalCareVet
Veterinary Specialist
Doctoral Degree
2,629 satisfied customers
I have a new cat. I got her March 20, 2010. She was born Nov
I have a new cat. I got her March 20, 2010. She was born Nov 16th 2009. I've given her all her shots. She stays indoors. Every weekend we come down to my parents. I keep her in the same room and have … read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,220 satisfied customers
cat: today to feed her and she has thrown up, pooped..petting
I'm watching my sister in laws cat while she is out on vacation, I went over today to feed her and she has thrown up, pooped on the floor and there was a bit of dried blood on on the floor. I went to … read more
Dr. Hinson
Dr. Hinson
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,196 satisfied customers
Dear Dr. Jodi Lynn Smith, Pleez help me...I am disabled, live
Dear Dr. Jodi Lynn Smith, Pleez help me...I am disabled, live on SSD, do not drive,and simply cannot afford vet bills.I have a 6 y/o MarmaladeTabby,named "Monkey Man".He has been the love of my life k… read more
Dr.Fiona
Dr.Fiona
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
3,587 satisfied customers
cat: my 18..harley, who is 10, is much more relaxed and calm..cuddle
I had to have my 18 year old cat put to sleep. My other cat, Harley, who is 10, is much more relaxed and calm now. He has become much more needy though. He was the boss-cat but he and the other cat us… read more
Samantha Stephenson
Samantha Stephenson
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
44 satisfied customers
My cat has a resorptive tooth. I took her to the vet who did
My cat has a resorptive tooth. I took her to the vet who did bloods on her and scheduled an extraction. Then the bloods came back with slight liver enzyme levels that set off this thunderous need for … read more
Dr. Drew
Dr. Drew
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,076 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x