Q. Weight loss, excessive thirst, vomiting clear fluids, dark brown/greenish diarrhea and hard poops, licking rectal area, etc.

Fri, Jul 14, 2023

The last time we went to the vet, our cat was diagnosed with Stage 2 Kidney Failure. This was a little over a year ago, and we have been trucking through (no medication or anything). Today he has been really standoff-ish and quiet. He usually meows a lot. He hasn’t been eating as much and won’t really drink, but it seems as if he wants to but can’t. He usually has excessive thirst. He’s very skinny and vomited a clear fluid this morning. He also isn’t making it to the litter box and pooped hard poops and a little green diarrhea too. We know he is eventually going to die but are very nervous that his time is approaching soon. We had a cat that died around a year ago from Stage 4 Kidney Failure and we weren’t able to get him into a vet by the time he died so we had to endure a terrible night. We just want to know if we should bring him into a vet and possibly put him to sleep before it gets worse or continue to love him longer?
Should I make a vet appt?

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I understand that you're concerned about your 13-year-old male cat who has been experiencing various symptoms. The symptoms you mentioned, such as weight loss, excessive thirst, vomiting clear fluids, dark brown/greenish diarrhea, hard poops, and licking the rectal area, may be related to his kidney condition.

Kidney failure in cats is a progressive and serious condition. The kidneys play a vital role in filtering waste products from the blood and maintaining proper hydration. When the kidneys are not functioning properly, toxins can build up in the body, leading to a variety of symptoms. Weight loss, decreased appetite, excessive thirst, and vomiting can be signs of kidney disease in cats. The dark brown/greenish diarrhea and hard poops may indicate gastrointestinal disturbances, which can be secondary to kidney disease.

While waiting for your veterinary appointment, there are a few things you can do at home to support your cat. Ensure he has access to fresh water at all times and encourage him to drink by using a water fountain or providing multiple water bowls in different locations. You can also try offering wet food, as it contains more moisture than dry food and may be easier for your cat to eat.

Unfortunately, bringing her to an animal hospital and asking for urgent medical attention from a veterinarian is your best option to help her. Your vet can evaluate his condition, provide appropriate treatment options, and discuss the quality of life considerations for your cat. I don’t want it to be like that either, but even if you have to release her pain, you won’t regret your decision only if you fully understand the reason. Please keep in mind that whichever decision you make is the right one and that she will also understand your decision.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.