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Pets name is paws he's a cat he is about 18 years old, He is

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Pets name is ***** *****'s a cat he is about 18 years old
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the cat's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: He is tremendously loosing weight after being a very big cat he looks like he's going blind he's always doing the toilet a lot
JA: Have you spoken to a vet about the cat's blindness?
Customer: Not yet I've a funny feeling he might have to be put down as also he's in pain when touched
JA: What's the cat's name?
Customer: Paws
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Paws?
Customer: He seems to be away in a world of his own
Submitted: 13 days ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 13 days ago.

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?

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
No as I can't afford this & he was a very big & healthy cat
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 13 days ago.

Thank you, ***** *****

Do his eyes appear blue, cloudy or hazy?

Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 13 days ago.

I cannot personally make calls so I have declined your call request.

I do apologise for any inconvenience and we can continue talking via typing if that is ok?

Do his eyes appear blue, cloudy or hazy?

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
It's like very cloudy over his right eye left 1 isn't that bad
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 13 days ago.

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.

Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 13 days ago.

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.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
I have managed to take photo
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 13 days ago.

Oh that's great, thank you.

I am just typing my reply now.

Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 13 days ago.

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.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
What is euthanasia
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 13 days ago.

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.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
I was dreading this he was my sons cat I ended up looking after him will I be able to get help towards vet bill
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 13 days ago.

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.

Customer: replied 13 days ago.
This isn't atall possible for me to do this
Customer: replied 13 days ago.
Thank you for your help I will call local vet
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 13 days ago.

I understand; for many it isn't.

This window stays open so please feel welcome to check back in and to continue to ask questions.

Take care,

Linda.

Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 13 days ago.

I do hope this has been useful and do let me know if there is anything else.