Is my cat dying? Or does she need a better diet?
She's been slow moving. Stops in mid-floor and makes and frightened yowling sound. Losing weight alarmingly and seems to be in pain a lot. She's taken to stopping wherever she is and urinating or defecating. She doesn't even look for her -clean- litter box. She simply does her business and continues pacing through the house. She seems to be in pain. I think her toilet habits come from incontinence. She's 16 years old, very thin, very frightened. Her appetite is half what it was a few months ago. She can barely see. The vet thinks she just needs blood pressure medication and an occasional dose of pain meds.
She seeks human companionship. Holding, rubbing, massage, soft words, cuddling. Still she will cry and burrow into the warmest part of her cuddle partner. She sleeps close to her litter mate (healthy but overweight) when her human isn't near.
I'm giving her pain meds on a regular basis, not exceeding the recommended dose on the prescription. It helps, but I want to know what to expect. My husband will be devastated and I have no one to ask. I believe she's dying, but I don't know how to tell him.