Inigo Montoya, seen here taunting our newly adopted dog with his dominant, macho indifference, has not been himself for the last year or so. He’s become food obsessed (even more than usual for a typical kitty, heh), and is also nuts about water. He never used to be one to steal food, but now he will practically crawl into our laps when he eat to try and get it off the fork. He also drinks water from the toilet, the bathtub (whatever collects in the kiddos’ toys), even our own cups. I mentioned this to the vet about 18mos ago, but his weight had remained steady and his general appearance was good, so we marked it up to him becoming neurotic in his advancing age (he’s nearly 13).
Well, in the time period since, the food and water obsession has grown, and his, um, output has become more and more unprocessed, for lack of a better description. I finally brought him in to the vet today. I may be crazy busy with work and two small children, but I’ve had Inigo since before there was a hubby, or a house, or a horse, or children. I owe it to him to see he’s cared for.
I was alarmed, then worried, to learn Inigo has lost more than 2lbs since his last exam. His coat is also duller. The vet said that in rapid weight loss in a cat over 10, they think one of four things: hyperthyroidism, diabetes, kidney failure, or cancer. As Inigo is constantly hungry, she thinks it’s more likely one of the first two than the latter two, as those tend to suppress appetite. She didn’t find any indication of a thyroid tumor, so we’re running blood, urine, and fecal tests to try and figure out why my sweet kitty is dropping weight. I should have the results Monday.
He’s “just a cat,” I know, but…