To catch you up, Maggie stopped eating again which is troubling since she hadn’t really gained back the weight she’d lost when she was so ill. Knowing how bad it can be if cats stop eating, I tried force-feeding her this morning and that went exactly as well as you might imagine. Taking the wiser course, I took her to the vet today. They can’t find anything wrong with her.
But she wasn’t eating. So they gave her an appetite stimulant and subcutaneous fluids. Back at home, Maggie kept looking at the food as if she wanted to eat it but was too nauseated to consider doing so. And then, finally, she nibbled.
The problem was that she wanted to be near me and followed me from room to room. I wanted her to hang out with the food. So I hauled my computer and a chair into the kitchen and camped out there for most of the day. She ate a little.
The situation is that if she goes the weekend without eating her kidneys will likely begin to shut down. There are also likely larger issues going on, but at this point the vet says that everything, except irritable bowel syndrome, is untreatable. So we’re treating it as if it’s IBS and hoping for the best.
Maggie is alert and walking without pain, if a little unsteadily. Really, aside from the loss of appetite there is nothing apparent wrong with her. I wish I could speak cat so she and I could talk about what was going on.
Edited to add on Friday: She has begun nibbling and had some tuna and kibble today. Many thanks for the healing vibes.