We are already working with the vet on this, but I wanted to see if anyone had similar experience with their fur-babies.
We have an old kitty, she's about 17 years at this point, and she's always been small (7-8 pounds is kindof normal for her, people always think she's not full grown yet). She has been a free feeder her whole life, we leave a bowl of kibble out 24/7 along with water and she comes and goes as she pleases.
About 3-4 weeks ago she started vomiting once a day, every day, like clockwork. We switched her to a sensitive tummy kibble and the vomiting tapered off, and then stopped all together. We thought we were in the clear, but then we notice she's suddenly getting very thin and her energy is decreased. We schedule an appointment with the vet, but one morning I notice she won't even get up out of her sleeping spot, so I drop everything and take her in. She gets a barrage of tests (blood, urine, x-rays) and.... everything looks normal except the vet reports she has some pain in her back/spine area near her hips, but that seems unrelated to the weight loss. Her teeth/gums look fine as well, so it's unlikely that she's having pain from eating. She had a follow-up appointment for another urine test as the vet wasn't confident they got a clean sample, but again it came back normal. Meanwhile, she's down to 4.8 pounds. Just super tiny, fur and bones kitty.
They prescribe pain killers, appetite stimulant, nausea suppressant, and high calorie wet food. She still eats, but she just doesn't eat enough. She still gets excited for treats, but when we give them to her, she just sniffs them but doesn't eat. She's also lost interest in her kibble for the most part. But she does eat the prescribed wet food, she just won't eat enough of it. We are supposed to get 200 calories per day in her, but we are lucky if we can get 80-100 calories.
The vet is stumped. They referred us to a specialist for an ultrasound, but they are pretty booked up and we have to wait 2 weeks before they can get her in. In the mean time, I feel like I'm keeping this kitty teetering on the edge. I realize she is very old and may be nearing the end, but I want to keep her happy and comfortable as long as possible.
Has anyone had a similar experience? What ended up happening? Any advice you can give, particularly with getting a cat to eat more? Also, if anyone has pointers on how to give a cat pills, that would be appreciated. She puts up a heck of a fight and is real good at spitting pills out a few minutes later when I've let my guard down.