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I dont know whats wrong with my cat!

post #1 of 22
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I have a 5 year old cat. Her name is klarisse. She used to be a very fat cat up until October-ish last year when she started losing weight like crazy.She is super skinny now and i can feel her spine when i pet her. She also seems to be acting funny. She used to be a cuddly playful cat, but now she just sleeps and stares off into space. Her fur isnt soft like it used to be and she's has periods where she'll eat one day and then she'll only pick at the food the next or not eat at all. She also seems to limp walk, or when she walks she leans a bit. She doesnt seem to want to sit, but more curl up on all fours with her back hunched. She also doesnt like lay sprawled out and sleeps in that curled up position. My stepdad doesnt have the money to take her into a vet and we havent been able to find anything useful on the internet.

Please help
post #2 of 22
She might die without a Vet. My Cats woth Crf did that. My Yoshi went from 14 Pounds to 5.2 the day he was Pts. Your cat seems to be very Sick.
post #3 of 22
When cat's hunch over like that, it often means they are in pain or discomfort. If she's not eating and her coat is poor, I can pretty much tell you for certain that she is ill.

We could make guesses about what was wrong with her here, but even if we were right (which is unlikly since the symptoms you gave us are pretty basic signs of most illnesses), you would have to go to the vet to get treatment.
post #4 of 22
Goodness, it sounds as though she is slowly dying which would be terribly painful. Please take her to a vet. At this point he may recommend euthanization but if she started losing the weight back in October, I'd guess that her liver has probably shut down by now or at least not working very well. She honestly really, really, really needs to be taken to a vet.
post #5 of 22
I really think your cat needs immediate vet help. Here's a link found on the catsite that might be useful.

When you can't afford a vet

Lots of vibes for your kitty!
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by Kereneko View Post
My stepdad doesnt have the money to take her into a vet
This article might help when you can't afford a veterinarian
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
thanks for your help guys.. It was her liver.. We didnt get her to a vet. but my friends sister who is a nurse came over.. She's even worse now a week later. Its to painful to walk for her and she doesnt wanna do anything but lay there. Were just gonna let her die peacefully and hope she has a good afterlife. I dont think they was anything we could of done for her..

No she hasnt passed on.. but she's holding on for dear life. Im sure she'll go soon though. =[
post #8 of 22
You are letting her suffer. My friends Cat had liver problems and is ok now.
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by Kereneko View Post
thanks for your help guys.. It was her liver.. We didnt get her to a vet. but my friends sister who is a nurse came over.. She's even worse now a week later. Its to painful to walk for her and she doesnt wanna do anything but lay there. Were just gonna let her die peacefully and hope she has a good afterlife. I dont think they was anything we could of done for her..

No she hasnt passed on.. but she's holding on for dear life. Im sure she'll go soon though. =[
So you are just going to let her die a slow painful death? At least have her put down peacefully at the vets. Don't let the poor thing suffer like that! This is awful.
post #10 of 22
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well there isnt much -I- really could do.. Im only 14 and dont even live with my stepdad which currently has the cat..
post #11 of 22
The symptom sounds very serious, but if your family can't afford the vet, you should always put food on the table for the family before taking care of the cat. But I think it won't cost too much to put her down. If you take her to a shelter, they might just put her down for you.
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by Jen View Post
So you are just going to let her die a slow painful death? At least have her put down peacefully at the vets. Don't let the poor thing suffer like that! This is awful.
I understand that sometimes finances get in the way of medical care, both for ourselves and our pets. Unfortunately, that is the sad reality of things sometimes. It's not fair.

However, I agree that letting the cat suffer until some indeterminate time that she does pass away on her own is, quite frankly, morally reprehensible, regardless of questions of money.

Please read the links that others have posted regarding what to do when you cannot afford veterinary care. Call shelters in the area and ask about free or low-cost clinics they might operate or know about. Call vets, explain the situation, and ask about financial aid or other arrangements, such as working after school or on the weekends (I assume you're still in school, based on your comments) in exchange for care for your cat.

If none of these pan out, then do this as soon as possible: call the vets and shelters back, and find out which ones are willing to euthanize her for no cost. Then take her to the closest one, and pet her little precious head while she passes peacefully away.

If I had the money, I'd be more than happy to send it to you to get treatment, but we're going through some health problems with one of our own cats at the moment, so that's not possible. Please do the right thing, regardless of how difficult it is.
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by Kereneko View Post
well there isnt much -I- really could do.. Im only 14 and dont even live with my stepdad which currently has the cat..
I thought there was more to this situation. Is there another relative you could talk to--a grandparent, for example, or an uncle or aunt who might be sympathetic to what's going on and who might can help you out?
post #14 of 22
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No there isnt anyone i dont think we could talk too..
post #15 of 22
When I was your age I begged my Dad to let me take Patches to the vet and loan me money. He finally said yes but she died before we went.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by Kereneko View Post
No there isnt anyone i dont think we could talk too..
Then I'm sorry, truly. I seriously think you need to call the shelters and vets around where your stepdad lives, and find one that will help your kitty pass away as quickly and as painlessly as possible.

This is a lot for a fourteen year-old kid like you to have to take on, and frankly your stepdad or another adult should be calling around to these places, not you. This is just a rotten situation all around.

So, you're going to have to do it. It sounds like that's the best way you can help that cat. Like I said before, it's not fair, but I have confidence that you can do this.
post #17 of 22
i have a question - if you're only 14, how come i was able to send you a PM?
[i'm basically a skeptical person, what can i say?]
post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 
>> cause i think you had to be thirteen or older to join or something..
post #19 of 22
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My poor baby has passed on at about 10:30 last night. I know a lot of you seem mad that we didnt take her in. But we did what we could. We loved and cared for her up to her last breath.. and though some may think it was cruel to let her die on her own, we think she was very happy with us just being there by her side. She had a small smile on her face as she passed away. I know she will be loved and cared for by my mom up in heaven. I bet she was missing her kitty.

I guess thanks for the err... support. and sorry to those i made angry with our decision.
post #20 of 22
I'm very sorry for your loss, but she's in a better place now--and your mom is already taking good care of her up there! You both are in my thoughts tonight.
post #21 of 22
My thoughts are with you. I know what you are going through and if I had known that Sommer (my cat) was going to die I would have had her at home here with me instead of alone at the vets.

My cat just died this morning from Hepatic Lipidosis (fatty liver disease). She was in no pain maybe because it hapened so quickly, she died peacefully in her sleep. She was going to be 3 years old in two weeks. She was probably the runt of the litter (I rescued her when she was 2 weeks old) because she was the size of a 6 month old kitten. The end of January I had taken her for her shots and she was healthy. She weighed 6lbs 3oz. This time last week she was still 6lbs and healthy, running around like a maniac tormenting her brothers. Saturday morning she started having the dry heaves and stopped eating. Monday seemed a little better but still not eating. At the vets late Monday morning she weighed in at 5lbs 2oz. The Dr was concerned, figured it was her liver because she was jaundiced but figured it wasn't so bad considering it had only been 2 days since she stopped eating. It was going to cost us $927 to have her taken care of and she would have had to have a feeding tube for 30+ days. My husband and I weren't sure if we were going to save her or just have her put down since it was a lot of money and we have a new born at home. We decided to have the treatment no matter the cost thinking that since she was only 3 it was worth it because she would be with us for a long time. At 7:00pm Monday night the vet phoned and told me that it didn't look good. She had gotten worse since I had left, her blood pressure dropped so low that they had a hard time getting blood and she ending up passing out on them but he thought he got the IV into her in time. It was decided that we would wait until the morning to make a final desicion regarding her "life" -- tube her or put her down. She made the decsions for us. She passed away this morning around 7:00am. The vet said it was peaceful and she was not in any pain. We assume because she was so small she was unable to fight the disease and that's why it consumed her so quickly. Even the vet was surprised considering 1st off FLD usually happens in obese older cats. There was no reason for her having FLD -- no stress, she loved the baby, not overweight etc. It is just something that happened. It still cost us over $600. The money doesn't matter as much as had I known she was dying I would have had her here at home with us where she was loved, with her favorite things and not alone. Anyway, the meaning for all this ranting is to let you know that sometimes it is better for the animal to die at home -- money isn't always everything.
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by Kereneko View Post
My poor baby has passed on at about 10:30 last night. I know a lot of you seem mad that we didnt take her in. But we did what we could. We loved and cared for her up to her last breath.. and though some may think it was cruel to let her die on her own, we think she was very happy with us just being there by her side. She had a small smile on her face as she passed away. I know she will be loved and cared for by my mom up in heaven. I bet she was missing her kitty.

I guess thanks for the err... support. and sorry to those i made angry with our decision.
i'm so sorry about your cat. i think you are remarkably caring and its seems obvious to me that you loved your cat dearly. the fact you came here looking for help shows that. i feel you did what you could in a very difficult situation.

for you. take care.
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