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Unread 03-29-2007   #1 (permalink)
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Default I have an elderly cat with unusual behavior...?

She's around 15 years old, and quite recently, she's been drinking a lot more water than she used to. Also, when you feel her, you can easily feel the bones with nothing much in between the bones and the skin. She's gradually become less timid about going upstairs, where the dogs usually are, and I haven't noticed any difference in urinating. What is the problem, and how do I fix it? Unfortunately, it'll have to be cheap, easy, and cannot involve taking her to the vet (if it were my choice, I'd be more determined to fix the problem, but it's my parents' choice, and they don't think it's worth it to save her if it costs much time/money). Also, it's going to be relatively impossible to give her shots, so that can't be done... is there something I can put in her food/water? I don't want to lose her, I've had her near all my life, so... can anyone help me?To sweetasshelly:1. I want a serious answer.2. You are showing behaviour similar to that of (Q), a moderator of sciforums. He also intentionally ignores the point of everything and chooses to respond to things of minimum importance.
 
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Unread 03-30-2007   #2 (permalink)
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O.K here is the thing to do- Every four hours give the cat kibbles n bits so that the cat will have more dog like characteristics. Then it will be like a dog and it can play with the other to... may b u can eat some 2.
 
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call the humansociecty see if they will help you if not she might not make it sometimes when they drink alot of water they are having liver trouble or are diabate or kedney prombles good luck hope everything turns out ok
 
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Ok. If you honestly have not heard the news for the past 2 weeks, you need to go to (menufoods.com/recall/products) Many foods have been recalled due to a type of chemical rat poison in the wheat that was put into these foods and is causing kidney failure in cats and dogs. Kidney failure is irreversible, but you need to have the cat tested at the vet and then make your decision based on the tests. Dont let her suffer!
 
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Try some vitamins. But it sounds like her kidneys are starting to fail. So sorry about your kitty.
 
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I think the only way you might be able to save her is to take her to the vet. It's damn expensive, but these little critters in our families are definitely worth it! I hope all works out okay.
 
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sounds like a kidney problem...look, buy her some urinary friendly cat food...they sell this stuff in any grocery store. or buy science diets k/d formula food...you'll need to go to petsmart or some other specialty store for that food. it's not much more expensive, and it may just save her life (or at least extend it). good luck!
 
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Excess thirst (like in humans) can signal diabetes.If she is eating normally, I wouldn't worry...she is just old, getting feeble, again like humans do.I am sorry, but she probably will die soon...try to prepare yourself.Dying is a natural part of life, and hers has been long for a cat!Show her a lot of love & attention, so she feels loved in her twilight time.
 
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Unfortunately, there isn't much you can do at home. Your cat is elderly and is showing some symptoms associated with sickneses that catch up with elderly cats: kidney issues; or diabetes (just the two I can think of right now). Such diseases can be treated so that the cat can live a longer time and in relative comfort. But you need a vet's proper diagnosis. For now, unless you can convince your parents, make sure that your cat is well-hydrated (drinking water). You may also consider a change of diet, but then again, the vet is the best person to recommend to you waht food the cat needs. Why not tell your parents that you just take th cat for a check up and then describe what symproms you are observing in your cat. With any luck, the vet may be able to tell you what's wrong without taking a battery of tests. Then he can recommend what home care you can do for your kitty. The ct is worth a vet visit at least. Costs about $20 - $35 depending on where you go.
 
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That doesn't sound good. I've been there. The extra water could be a sign of diabetes. We had a diabetic cat. I gave him an insulin shot every day for over 8 years. He died at age 23!!!!!!!!!!! The loss of body weight in an older cat is usually normal. No problem urinating is a good sign and so is climbing the stairs that means her hind-quarters are not deteriorating. That would be a sure sign of kidney failer. As for climbing the stairs, is there a spot she wants to rest in once she gets there? Cats crave heat. Heat rises. Spook, on my lap as usual, actually sleeps in the furnace room on the furnace!. Nice and warm. She is a 17 year-old kitten! I would convince your parents to invest a few dollars in your kitty and go to the vet. At that age a checkup is really necessary . At her age, the solution could be as simple as a change in diet, however make sure the vet knows about the water consumption. Best of luck!
 
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