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Q: Is my cat in any pain???

November 18, 2008 | By MISSTAMMY | 14 answers | Expired: 2096 days ago

MISSTAMMY

I have a wonderful 19 yr old cat and i am trying to figure out if she is in pain. she has lost half her body weight and throws up after almost every meal. she still can get up and with the help of stairs, can get down from the bed to go to the litter box but her legs are very weak. she still purrs alot but every morning and sometimes at night she lets out these bellowing meows. i am hoping its because she is just hungry from throwing up and not trying to tell me she is hurting. if anyone can offer advice please let me know.

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Dec 02, 2008

Our female Siamese had hyperthyroidism for the last 4 years of her life. She started with the vomiting and weight loss. Her vet put her on thyroid pills which didn't agree with her, so we went to 3-4 meals a day to keep her weight up.
The loud crying for Osa was that she was looking for us, so we would get her and that ended the crying.

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Kelly
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Dec 02, 2008

You really need to get your cat checked out by your vet. As cats age they are more susceptible to age-related illnesses such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, chronic kidney failure, arthritis, etc. Most of the diseases can be treated with diet & medication & the cat can live comfortably but you need to be sure & not guess. All senior pets should get regular checkups to keep them healthy & to catch potential risks before they cause too much deterioration & damage. I have a senior with chronic kidney failure. She threw up regularly, lost a lot a weight quite quickly & almost died even though we are always diligent with the vet visits. After a few days in the hospital & a low protein diet she is acting like a kitten again.

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Michelle S.
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Nov 20, 2008

Have you taken her to the vet? Cats tend to go downhill fast and she may have a chronic issue like renal or liver failure. Their liver enzymes tend to go a bit haywire too when they do not eat or vomit for extended periods. If her mucous membranes (gums and skin) appear yellowish I would take her into a vet immediately.

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Patricia  C.
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Nov 20, 2008

Only you can judge whether or not your cat is in pain. If you doesn't act like she is in pain, well, who knows. The fact that she throws up after every meal isn't good. Have you checked with the vet or tried changing her to a different food? There are ways to make her more comfortable, because it sounds like you really don't want to put her to sleep, unless she is in pain. Only you can make that decision with the help of a medical professional. I would, however, check with a medical professional.

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Chris G.
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Nov 19, 2008

My cat Patches was 19 years old when I had to put her to sleep. I know how hard it is to make such a decision but I would call a vet and ask them what they think would be the best solution but if your cat is throwing up everytime it eats, there must be something wrong. And 19 years is a long time for a cat to live, I should know. Good luck and God bless.

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Julee C.
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Nov 19, 2008

I had a dog live to be 17 years old. Sometimes, it takes awhile to notice a change in behavior, and we SO want it to be just part of the aging process. However, anytime a living thing starts wasting (losing noticable weight), they need to go to a doc, or in this case, a vet. I probably should have taken my Precious (see journal entry) in to say good-bye a year before I worked up the courage to do so. I kept hoping she would go in her sleep. 19 years is a long time. Sometimes, we just have to let go...Good luck and my prayers are with you. Julee

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Liz C.
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Nov 18, 2008

I think only a vet is qualified to answer that question. If you are asking it, you should be taking her there, quickly.

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Charise
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Nov 18, 2008

This is a question that should go straight to a vet. Nineteen year old cats have health problems, but only a trained vet can adequately diagnose the problem and determine if your cat is in pain.

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Cowbelle K.
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Nov 18, 2008

SHe sounds like such a sweetie! It is likely that your cat is in some kind of discomfort (at age 19 - wouldn't you be if you were a cat?). Most likely from arthritis. It will cause weakness in the hind limbs and then they don't use them as much and that is why they get skinny in the back end (muscle atrophy). Therefore they get weaker. Like someone else said, purring can also be a sign of pain. Take her to your vet and have some blood work done, especially a thyroid test. Hyperthyroidism is common in older cats and can cause weight loss and sometimes this bellowing meow that you are hearing. A thyroid supplement may be prescribed and she could then feel a lot better. Remember, she is still very old for a cat, but you can make her life more comfortable!! Good luck!

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Littlebear0360
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Nov 18, 2008

I would take your cat to the vet and get it checked out!! Better safe than sorry even if it doesnt seem to be hurting!

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