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Hi there, this is Dr Linda, a UK based vet.
I'm sorry to hear this about Paws.
His signs are a real concern.
Weight loss, excess thirst and loss of vision can be due to e.g. diabetes, kidney disease or a cancer.
Has he seen a vet in the last year?
Have any tests been run?
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Do his eyes appear blue, cloudy or hazy?
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If you could send a photo, that would be helpful.
I suspect this is a cataract, which could indicate diabetes. However, this is less common in cats than it is in dogs.
We would also consider e.g. uveitis (an inflammation), an old injury or glaucoma (raised pressure).
The fact you feel he is in pain is a real red flag.
Given all his signs, it is very important your seek vet care as we cannot diagnose or treat him from home I'm afraid.
At a minimum, a vet will want to check him over and perform a blood test. This can rule in or out many of the top differentials. This is worth doing as a number of conditions could be treated. However, if his prognosis is grave and he is not expected to improve even with treatment, it may be for the best if we consider euthanasia.
Oh that's great, thank you.
I am just typing my reply now.
While it is difficult to see from the photo, it appears that the surface of the eye is uneven and indented, which would make me more suspicious of an old injury/ulcer which may now be infected.
He does likely need some pain relief for this.
Euthanasia is putting an animal to sleep in an ethical and peaceful manner, to minimise suffering.
It is only considered if it is in the cat's best interest.
I'm so sorry, I know it is very difficult.
The cost of the procedure and whether or not a vet can offer a payment plan or discount is at the vet's discretion.
So you would need to call local clinics to ask them this directly.
It will be less costly if you are able to take Paws home afterwards to bury him, however, I understand this is not always possible.
I understand; for many it isn't.
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