Rachel has had problems for a few months now, but was still able to eat. I could tell her mouth was bothering her, but held off doing anything as long as she was eating (after last year, I really would like to not spend so much time at the vet's office).
Sunday, I noticed she wasn't eating. She tried, but didn't eat. I gave her some watered down baby food and she tried a few laps, then looked sadly at the baby food and turned her head. Damn. I opened a can of people tuna (we buy people tuna for the cats just for such occasions). She sniffed it, then turned away. Tuna juice wasn't enough to get her to try more than a lick.
I pulled out pieces of tuna and crumbled it in my fingers and set it in front of her. She took a nibble. Then another nibble. She ate tuna. She ate a goodly amount of tuna.
I gave her tuna yesterday morning, I gave her tuna yesterday night (she ate a half of a can in one sitting last night). I had lactated ringers in the microwave, heating, concerned she was dehydrated because she's not drinking. I didn't give her any.
Yesterday morning, I called the vet's office and made an appointment. We're taking her in at 9:30.
This morning she was doing much better, she jumped up when I went into the office for the first time, rubbing against my hand and talking to me. She seemed well hydrated. Is she drinking?
She ate her fill of tuna, then laid down to sleep.
There has been minimal drooling and no obvious blood, and it's been troubling her long enough that I don't suspect cancer, just bad teeth. We'll find out soon.
She just turned fourteen last week. Her birthday was April 4, 2004. 4/4/4.