Cat coughing plus weight loss
Hi, my cat has been losing significant weight. We've had him to the vet twice in the past week and plan to call again in morning, hoping he makes it through the night.
He is ten years old and has always been in very good health, up to date with all shots, an indoors only cat with 5 other cats in the house all that are healthy. He is medium to large built, with a healthy normal weight of around 15 pounds.
His symptoms actually started about a month or so ago in this order.
The first thing I noticed was on his hind legs, at the joint are round patches of hair loss, about the size of a quarter on each side.
Shortly after this it appeared his normal beautiful coat didn't lay flat anymore but would stand up and stay like that and his normal white hair wasn't as bright white as normal and some slight weight loss.
He has always been a very social cat and started to become too tired to involve himself in play with the other cats or with us.
About 3 weeks ago he developed a cough like he was trying to get a hairball up but couldn't. After a few days of this, we took him to his vet who thought it was possibly a stuck hairball and because of the coughing he had irritated his lungs.
She prescribed an antibiotic and a lubricant for the hairball. She said if this was the problem it would take about 5-7 days to notice.
By about day 5 he still wasn't better and a definite weight loss was noticed now.
We went back, full work up of blood showed everything was normal, but his cough was worse and the weight loss was significant, down to 10.6 pounds now. Also, the vet said there was not much sound coming from the hind quarters?
She suggested a couple other possibilities, asthma, heart issues and a mass or cancer. The second course of treatment she chose to treat was the possibility of asthma. This was Saturday morning and his treatment consist of a half pill of prednisone.
He doesn't want to drink much, and eats little. I've tried many foods and the only thing he has taken is pieces of turkey breast and cat treats.
It's been 4 days and I've noticed little to no improvement. His cough is still there, eating little, I believe dehydrated now, and his eyes are sunken in some, and you can start to see the membrane on the eyes.
His breathing is labored. One other thing I forgot to mention is he has a hard time eating, not just a lack of appetite.
It seems like he has a toothache and chews on one side or another, can only take small pieces of food and seems like he struggles to swallow. His teeth checked out fine. In fact the vet said he had very good teeth especially considering his age.
I hope you can give me an answer. I know its hard to diagnose, but feel his time is running short.