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Is our cat dying?

Anonymous
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She's 15
Gotten skinnier in the last year
Walks like an old cat
Looks scruffy
Making some sporadic gurgling noises while breathing.
Paws are warm, 26 breaths a minute (normal)
Heartbeat too fast for me to count
Posted by Anonymous on Sep. 7, 2016 at 11:53 PM
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Babyrn97
by Member on Sep. 7, 2016 at 11:55 PM
I'm going to say yes
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Picklepicker
by Gold Member on Sep. 7, 2016 at 11:56 PM

Take her to a vet. 

WickedOpal
by Ruby Member on Sep. 7, 2016 at 11:56 PM

Sounds like it may be time to consider euthanasia.  I'm sorry.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Sep. 7, 2016 at 11:57 PM
Take her to the vet! You should right away.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Sep. 7, 2016 at 11:57 PM
Take her to a vet. Is she eating and drinking ok?
Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Sep. 7, 2016 at 11:57 PM
Are you a vet? Are any us a vet? My guess is no. Your cat is older and doesn't sound 100% healthy right now. My suggestion is stop asking the internet for help and get your poor cat to a vet. Some people I swear!
BmoreRavens
by Raven on Sep. 8, 2016 at 12:02 AM

Take your cat’s heart rate. You’ll need a watch with a second hand, a stopwatch or … your smartphone! Feel your cat’s heartbeat with one hand over his left side, just behind his front leg. Count the number of beats in 15 seconds and multiply by four to get the heart rate in beats per minute (bpm). A normal cat's heart rate is between 140 and 220 bpm, with a relaxed cat measuring on the low end. Call your veterinarian if the heart rate is too rapid, too slow or irregular.

Take your cat's respiratory rate. Watch your cat breathe when he is relaxed and standing; focus on the movement of the abdomen and chest wall. Count the number of movements in 60 seconds. (The breathing rate is too slow to count to 15 and multiply by four — take a full 60 seconds  to get a better reading.) A normal cat takes between 20 to 30 breaths per minute, with a relaxed cat measuring on the lower end of the scale. Call your veterinarian if the rate is too rapid, or if your cat is panting – the latter’s not really normal in cats, at least not the way we see it in dogs.

Take your cat’s temperature. If you choose to buy a thermometer that reads your pet's temperature by merely sticking the probe inside her ear, you'll have it easy. But it’s not that hard to take a cat’s temperature the old-fashioned way, with a traditional glass thermometer. Or spend just a little bit more for a digital rectal thermometer, which is easy to read and beeps when it’s ready to remove. If you’re going rectal, lubricate the thermometer with water-based medical lubricant. Gently and slowly insert the device about one or two inches into your cat’s rectum, but don’t force it. Leave the thermometer in place for two minutes (or until it beeps, if it’s digital), and then check and record the temperature. In a normal, healthy cat, the thermometer should read between 100 and 102.5 degrees Farenheit. Call your veterinarian if it’s below 99 or above 103, or if you see evidence of blood, diarrhea or a black, tarry stool on the thermometer.


http://www.vetstreet.com/dr-marty-becker/check-your-cats-vital-signs-at-home

theResidentCat
by on Sep. 8, 2016 at 12:03 AM

why havent you taken your cat to the vet?

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Sep. 8, 2016 at 12:06 AM
She was earlier today

Quoting Anonymous 3: Take her to a vet. Is she eating and drinking ok?
WendyDB
by Member on Sep. 8, 2016 at 12:35 PM
Take her to the vet and either euthanize her or do the actual work up to tell you what's wrong with her. More than likely she is now hypo thyroid with the weight loss and the crazy fast heart rate. She needs medical attention that's the least you owe her after 15 years!
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