I have a twelve-year-old, black and white cat, long and lean with a long tail. He had to be put on thyroid medicine a couple of months ago and for a while was doing fine. However, I noticed his gut was swelling.
I thought at first he was just putting weight back on. However, it got worse. The vet's assistant said it didn't sound like a blockage but couldn't figure out what it was. He had an appointment for today, for a thyroid checkup and I couldn't get in sooner, so I figured the vet would figure it out.
However, last night he stopped eating. He was definitely worse this morning, and barely made a fuss going into the pet carrier, or at the vet's office.
The gut turned out to be a buildup of a mysterious fluid, a sample of which was sent off when the Vet's in-office equipment couldn't identify it. Ironically, he's also dehydrated.
The vet gave him an antibiotic (he got put on one his last visit, too, but the symptoms are different this time so a different medicine) an appetite stimulant, his thyroid medication and the antibiotic.
I have a horrible time giving pills, mostly due to a loss of fine motor control in my hands. Hopefully, if Michael's appetite come back I can simply keep doing what I've been doing: crush the pills between two spoons and mix them with the gravy from a Fancy Feast pouch. Until last night that worked pretty well.
The vet says he'll probably need a trip to a better lab. The closest is thirty miles away. *Sigh* I have no idea how he'll handle such a long trip in the pet carrier. Here's hoping the test will identify what's wrong and the treatment can be made here.
On top of all this, I'm still under the weather and also managed to hurt my back yesterday. Here's hoping we are both doing better by the time the test results come in.