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post #1 of 6
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I have three wonderful kitties, 2, 10, and 21. My 21 year old seems to have been having one problem after another for last four months. Here is a brief history :
He is a neutered male, I watched him come into this world when I was 4 and have since been with him. When he was around 8 yrs, he got a real bad UTI and almost died. Had all sorts of tubes and IV's in him.

At 12 I went by my parents house to visit him (I had moved out a couple months prior) and found him in horrible living conditions, in fact he wasn't breathing. I did everything I could, he came back and from that moment on he's been living with me.

At 16 he had a tumor on his right ear. He would scratch it and fling blood all over. I took him to a few vets, one said he would cut off the ear and my cat would mostly likely die anyway because of the condition of organs, it was very risky putting him under. Acouple others just told me he would most likely die because he's considered at risk due to his age. Then I found a godsend who would not have to remove his ear, would monitor all his organs and assured me that he would be ok. The surgery went beautifully, but the vet made sure to tell me that he cannot go under again, that death would be pretty much guaranteed and his kidney's were going.

About eight months later, I was in the right place at the right time when I saw a pool of blood come out of his anus as he went to the bathroom. I rushed him to my vet, with the blood and they put him on antibiotics. Evidently, he munched on some sort of houseplant the triggered some nasty bacteria in the stomach. He said my cat would have died by the next day had I not acted so quickly.

For the last few years, he's been fine with the exception of some puking here and there the last couple years. About 4 months ago he started to munch the litter, i kept stopping him, but he'd get into it when i slept. I've sinced switched litters and he stopped. He has since lost a few pounds, I can feel all of his bones. He walks like an old drunk. He confined himself to the bathroom for a couple weeks, i had to bring him his food and water. He has constantly been in good spirits though, purring, talking to me and licking my hand. His kidney's are shot, consuming large amounts of water and peeing like a race horse.
Now he moved to the kitchen which is where he has been for the last month. He got an abcess on his left cheek 2 weeks back, within 2 day it swelled the left side of his face. Literally the first sign if it occurred overnight. His eating habits have been the same like everything else. My former vet is not in practice anymore, so I call around. Everyone wants to put him under, I explain he can't, it'll be a death bed. They agree, but yet they want to do other things too, like worry about a little cataract. I guess in the big city it's all about taking money. I got ahold of a friend who had some antibiotics for her kitty that had recently passed and gave the amoxicillan to my kitty. The abcess drained, face is normal now.
Now a new problem. His butt is leaking. He goes to the litter box, does his business, though he isn't pooping much. On his way back to the kitchen he squats and discharges the most foul smelling brown liquid on the carpet. I keep cleaning it up. The last two days, it's gotten all over the kitchen floor, his bed, it's just coming out on it's own without him squatting now. It's even when he's sleeping.

Now , I've read the threads on anal glands, etc. and I know everyone's first thing to say is "take him to the vet". I'll do anything in the world for this cat, I love him dearly, but even if this isn't something the have to put him under for, they keep coming up with a series of things they want to do which require him going under. With his history and age, one might even say to put him down. This is not a chance I am willing to take. By all means, if something was terribly wrong that was making him suffer, I would ease his pain, but I don't see the point in that if he is still enjoying life. He does not seem to be in any discomfort and is very loving. He's had many close calls and he is not ready to go. Can anyone please give me some advice on what I can do for him?? PLEASE!

In Dire Need Of Help

(ok, it wasn't that brief of a history, but he's 21)
post #2 of 6
If its just anal sac leaking then the vet can show you how to express them at home as long as hes semi cooperative...my only worry at his age and all is is it cancer or something more serious-I'd take him for bloodwork to see where he stands with everythign else. Also could be possible hes allergic to antibiotics or that it reacted wrong with his system...I had a cat that ate a can of wet food that didn't agree with him and it really messed him up(He was very sick at that point but I often wonder if it made him that much worse-he passed within the week-was about 16 yo) I think in all seriousness if it were me I'd put him to sleep-only cause of the kidney issue(lost my cat that way-he was a healthy 20lbs within the 8ish months dropped to 8lbs. And I always look back thinking I waited to long(but take that with grain of salt-thats MY opinion.
post #3 of 6
You can't just let it go and you know it. If it his anal glands they will just express them and he might be on antibiotics for a while - that's it but if you let it go and they become impacted then he will need surgery - believe that is not fun and I am speaking from experience.

Anything else you and your vet can make the best choices together based on his condition and age.

Please take him to the VET!
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thank you both for your advice. I don't think it'd be an allergic reation to the antibiotics because that's what he's always been given. I'll check again with a vet, but most have been pretty uncooperative with everything. Thanks again.
post #5 of 6
I am sorry to hear about your baby, if I were you I would hang in there-he will tell you when it is his time, but you have to be listening. For now I would be frantically searching for vets by phone-ones that wern't just in it for the money.

As long as he isn't showing any signs of pain or discomfort keep fighting.
post #6 of 6
I'm very sorry for your kitty, however he IS 21. It could be anal glands, maybe they aren't working properly anymore. He's lived a good, long, full life. Although he will "tell you when he's ready" you do need to read the signs. Weight loss, walking like a drunk. Maybe now he can't control his bowels? I know you're trying to do the very best for your kitty. I'm sure he knows it too... I just hope you DO read the signs. Animals hide their pain VERY well... they keep themselves happy for our needs, not their own.

My reccomendation is to definitley go to the vet to see what is going on. I'm not saying throw in the towel, now is his time to go. Because really this could be something SO simple throwing him off and he could have 2-3 more years, but I would definitley see the vet just to do an overall maintanence exam, see what's going on and make sure he's okay.
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