Took my old cat to the vet today
August 9, 2018 9:10pm CST
My cat is 16 and at that age they are pretty ancient. Up until now she hasn’t had any health issues thankfully! Since my boyfriends dog was so sick that time a month ago or so my cat started vomiting often after that. It got to the point where it is happening too often and so I called the vet to get her in. She had sores under her chin too that I thought was from a flea collar irritating her skin. I took it off and it hasn’t improved any. On the internet it looks like cat acne. She wasn’t fond of being trapped in the carrrier on the 45 minute drive. Her confused meows broke my heart. The vet checked her over and said she does have a little arthritis which I was figuring by how she walks lately a bit off and slightly shaky at times. He asked me twice if she was really 16 and the second time asked if she’d been with us that whole time which she has. We bottle fed her as a kitten. Her teeth looked bad to me but he said they looked pretty good, a little irritation but it didn’t seem like enough it would make her gag. He said he didn’t feel any tumors, her heart is good, she’s a good weight of 10 lbs, she’s got good color (I guess they get pale or something I don’t know lol) and no fever plus her having a healthy appetite is a good sign. He said we could do blood work but she wouldn’t like it and he didn’t really think it was necessary. He cut her nails which she didn’t like. She’s old and sore so I leave her be and let her keep her long nails lol. He put a liquid dewormer on the back of her head. I had never even heard of such a thing so I learned something new. He gave her a shot of an antibiotic to clear up the sores under her chin and another shot that I think was a vitamin I don’t recall. She’s such a good cat. She meowed loudly but never hissed or tried to claw them. The vet tech held her down by the scruff of her neck and while she wasn’t being hurt I still felt so sad putting her through all this. The vet sent us home with a probiotic for her to dissolve in her food once a day for a week. Photo is of a pretty view I saw while I was out geocaching and has nothing to do with the post other then pretty it up.
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• Bunbury, Australia
Our poor old cat had to be put down at 16. She had feline leukaemia. I think they check the colour of their gums. If it's a nice healthy pink then they have 'good colour'. They do it with other animals too. With horses they push their thumb against the gum. It will go pale but should almost immediately become pink again.
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• United States
@JudyEv how heartbreaking that must have been for you family. I really dread the day we have to put our cat down. That makes sense about her gums then why he said she was a good color and everything looked good. She did have a spot that was a little bloody and looks like teeth have fallen out toward the back and the other side looks like she has cavities. I noticed lately her having a harder time chewing so I will continue to wet her food for her and let it soak until soft even after all the probiotic is gone.
• United States
My bfs oldest cat is 15 i think, and shes got bad teeth and arthritis now. So yours being 16 without the bad teeth, and only a little arthritis.. I'm shocked. But that's good. Our cat has only been to the vet twice. He hated it both times, and even shyt all over the vets floor and his carrier the second time. My friend use to cut his nails, but he doesnt sit still for it and she doesnt come around often anymore so she doesnt do it much now. And vets wont unless he gets rabies shot.
• United States
@Courtlynn its awesome your boyfriends cat has lived that long. Sad about the teeth and arthritis though My cat has only been to the vet a few times this was the first time that anything was wrong that she needed to be seen. This vet knew she wasn't up to date on her shots but cut her nails anyway. I got lucky on that as I know vets are required to give them a rabies shot before doing anything with them. Maybe he just forgot. I was worried her being sick giving her a rabies shot wouldn't be good for her so I was glad he didn't give her one.
• United States
She has stopped vomiting but then for about the past 5 days has refused to eat. I finally after trying all kinds of dry cat food went and bought her some cans of wet cat food. The day before when she ate it she vomited everywhere and had diaherrea. I gave her another can yesterday and put the last dose of the acidophilus in it and she kept it down. I will give her another can for dinner tonight.