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Share advice for keeping your aging cat happy and healthy

  
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pootkitty

little miss poot- poot
 
 
Purred: Wed Apr 13, '11 10:05am PST 
HI I'M 12 YEARS OLD & ALSO HAVE BEEN LOSING SOME MUSCLE DENSITY & MOM CAN FEEL MY BUTT BONES WHEN SHE PETS ME BUT I STILL EAT LIKE A "PIG" AS OFTEN AS THEY'LL FEED & RUN AROUND LIKE A CRAZY GIRL!WE USED TO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY UP TIL ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO SO NOW I ONLY GET TO GO OUT DURING THE DAY SO THAT I WON'T GET LOST AT NIGHT.I.M STILL A HAPPY CAT WHO CAN PURR REALLY LOUD!
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Winnie- (Angel)

465573
 
 
Purred: Sat Apr 16, '11 5:09am PST 
Got My thyroid test results back and it was normal...so i guess i've just lost weight because i'm getting old.
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Bastet

Pet me! :)
 
 
Purred: Sat Apr 16, '11 10:56am PST 
Glad to hear everything's okay Winnie. smile
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Delyte, Dark- Angel, at- Bridge

Me and my- person, together- against all
 
 
Purred: Sun Apr 17, '11 2:56pm PST 
This is Delyte. I have lost a tremendous amount of weight too, down from nearly 14 lbs at age 10 to my current skeletal 8.5. Ny person has been trying to control my thyroid for three years with the medicine that you rub on the ears but it doesn't seem to be working. I go back to the vet at the beginning of next month to have my values done againn. If I have to switch to the pill form, it is going to be a problem because almost any medication that I take orally upsets my stomach and then I stop eating which makes everything worse. She is very frustrated that something like thyroid is destroying me when it is controllable for so many. I am now too weak to go through the radioactive treatment, and in any case they would have to take me to St. Louis, 100 miles away in the car, and leave me there for several weeks. They don't think I would survive that. Plus I have shown some signs of confusion lately, and I am pulling out my fur on my rear. This getting old is really not any fun at all. My person is going to give me a big birthday party in two weeks, before the vet visit, so I have something to look forward to.

Lots of purrs to you, Winnie! Black cats rule, especially when they keep all of their beautiful furs and don't spread them all over the floor ... red face
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~Purrcy ~- Meohmy

I AM- MARSHMELLOW CAT!
 
 
Purred: Mon Apr 18, '11 12:36am PST 
Purrcy here.
I have been struggling with weight loss for a couple of years due to illness. My mumma combats this by giving me several meals (as much as I will eat) a day of foods that I like. Mumma would love to switch me to healthier foods,but eating is key here and if I don't like it and won't eat it, it doesn't make sense to try to force it (mumma's logic). The main thing,in mumma's opinion is eating..as best I can. At age 14, mumma doesn't see any sense in trying to change my mind about the foods I will eat.
My weight (when I have been sick) has been as low as 8.8#. Currently I weigh 10.12# (average weekly weight right now).
I have a scale and mumma weighs me on Sundays and writes down how much I weigh. If I feel, sick she weighs me more frequently and adjusts my meals accordingly. Sometimes she has to hand-feed me and give me fluids under my skin.
Mumma can FEEL if I have lost weight just by picking me up and running her hands along my body.
As an older cat, I have lost some muscle tone and mass...this is normal in a cat - or human - as we age.
Old age ain't fur sissies as my Granmaw says. And btw my grandmaw is 89...and mumma buys her all kinds of bad food like pie and cake and pastry....as well as supplemental drinks to try to help her gain weight. Her Doctor told her to eat STEAK!!! Because guess what??? at 89 bad eating habits aren't going to kill her!!!
Love,
Purrcy
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Winnie- (Angel)

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Purred: Wed Apr 20, '11 12:21pm PST 
Look's like i celebrated those clear test results too early, the vet told us today she's pretty sure i have cancer.....
Don't really know what happens next but i'll fight as hard as i can.
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Bastet

Pet me! :)
 
 
Purred: Thu Apr 21, '11 9:34am PST 
Aww Winnie I'm so sorry! My human has cancer (Leukemia) and it can be a tough road to travel sometimes. I'm not sure what the treatment is for cats but if you want to talk I'm here for you.
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Miss Mittens- - Angel DG #14

Angel Diva
 
 
Purred: Thu Apr 21, '11 12:25pm PST 
Winnie, I'm sorry your vet thinks you have cancer and am purring for you and hope it isn't true. Do you know what kind of cancer your vet thinks you have? I had intestinal lymphoma. If you have questions, let me know!
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Winnie- (Angel)

465573
 
 
Purred: Thu Apr 21, '11 1:07pm PST 
They think it's liver cancer, all my tests were normal but the vet said she can feel that there are lumps on my liver and with the weight loss (i'm still losing weight) and the slight sickness problem i've had she said it all points to cancer.
They wanted to put me under and do some tests but they did say that just putting me under anesthetic at my age could kill me and if the tests prove what they think they will there's nothing they can do about it anyway, my two legs said no, they didn't want to take the risk, so im home, doing my normal things and being spoiled....
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Miss Mittens- - Angel DG #14

Angel Diva
 
 
Purred: Thu Apr 21, '11 3:56pm PST 
Winnie, I'm so sorry and understand your mommy's decision. hug

Is there anything your vet can give you to help you feel more comfortable?

Before I was diagnosed with intestinal lymphoma, the vet I was then seeing thought I might have liver cancer (or some type of liver disease). She said the only way to be 100% sure was doing a surgical biopsy. When she explained the poor prognosis if I did have liver cancer, my mom decided not to put me through surgery and opted to do nothing. Sometimes liver cancer can be diagnosed with an ultrasound and needle biopsy but a needle biopsy on the liver is risky and we've heard of cats bleeding to death a few days after having it done, so mom opted not to have that done either.

When mommy changed vets, my new vet immediately suspected I had intestinal lymphoma and sent me to a specialist. He was able to avoid surgery and diagnose me by doing a biopsy via endoscopy along with an ultrasound. Since intestinal lymphoma responds well to chemo and the prognosis was good, I went on chemo.

Purring for you Winnie and purring that you have many comfortable days ahead of you to spend with your loving family.

little angel
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