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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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I have a 22 year old cat. Still enjoying life. But has

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I have a 22 year old cat. Still enjoying life. But has started eating a lot .not putting on any weight always been a small cat.She
not distressed at all .loves being cuddled .

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I'm sorry to hear of this with your geriatric cat. Polyphagia (increased hunger) yet weight loss is pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of either diabetes mellitus or hyperthyroidism and the two diseases can coexist. Diabetics are always polydipsic (increased thirst) and polyuric (increased volume of urine) while only 35% of hyperthyroid cats are polydipsic/polyuric. Your vet can perform diagnostics in the form of fasted (for at least 4 hours prior to arriving at the vet hospital/never restrict water, however) blood and urine tests and let you know which (or both) diseases exist. Diabetic cats are most often insulin-dependent. Hyperthyroid cats are most often teated with oral or transdermal methimazole. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I'm a bit reluctant to put her through all the tests she very frail doesn't like being away from me .She doesn't seem to be distressed by eating .Would it just take its course and she pass away peacefully

Both diseases are ultimately fatal. She'll waste away but not pass peacefully as both diseases cause significant metabolic derangement. Once she stops eating for three consecutive days you'll know that it's time to have the final kindness performed. I would allow her to eat and drink as much as she wants and spoil her rotten with everything she enjoys eating. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Am I being cruel if I don't get her treatment.shedoesnt see very good got peripheral vision and got quite a few arthritic lumps on her joints She still bosses me around though.I can bear to think that she would have to be put to sleep by Injection but I won't let her suffer if I thoughtshe was in pain .She has been such a amazing cat.����
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Did you get my last message

Not at this time but there will come a time when the decision between treatment and euthanasia will need to be made. I can't predict when that will be, however. It will depend upon the severity of these diseases.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok thankyou I will get her tested I am sure she must have both those illnesses as she has been drinking loads and seeing loads

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Thankyou my heart breaks the thought of losing her.I have had her for nearly 23 yrs take care you do a great job x

You're quite welcome. I understand how difficult this is for you. Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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