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My 17 yr old cat wasn't eating nor drinking.   I brought her in and we did blood work -- all came back just fine.  The vet initially gave her fluids and an appetite stimulant I applied to her ears.   After 3 days, that wasn't working, I brought her back in.    She was give 2 doses of fluids and a b12+ 2 steroid shot.   And she did great.   That was about a month ago.   I've notices she is starting to eat less again.   How often can I bring her back for this shot of B12 + steroids?   Is there a down side?   I saw a recent post where someone in this community mentioned the same solution.

Because I am not a vet I cannot tell you whether or not this will do any good over and over. I can tell you that she is probably worn out and that this is just prolonging the inevitable and I implore you to consider her quality of life while you are trying to extend it.

I know you only want the best for your kitty and I am the same way- so it's hard to be objective and see the bigger picture.

When a pet stops eating at this age it's a sign that they are pretty much done with life. Steroids only artificially encourage their appetite but when they are stopped the true extent of lack of desire to eat becomes apparent.

I went through almost the same scenario with my 16 yr old dog a few years ago.
Once I saw that she was miserable and didn't want to eat anything when I stopped the steroids, I had to make a very hard decision.

I am just asking you to think about it Lisa. I am sure that one more round of b-12 etc probably won't hurt her, I just don't think it will do as much.

My thoughts are with you both.

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Jana Connell RVT, CVT


PLEASE READ BEFORE SUBMITTING TO ME: I am NOT a vet and do NOT diagnose diseases. That is only for a licensed Veterinarian to do. I will give you suggestions and steer you toward calling your vet for help. You can call the vet's office and talk to the technician there or the vet at times. Don't be afraid to call them! If you have a serious issue with your pet please post it to one of the veterinarians in here- I will tell you the same thing in my answer. IF your pet is injured or in an emergency situation, CALL YOUR VET- Do not wait and post in here. Just call the vet's office and get them in to see the vet right away. Critical treatment time is lost if you seek answers here when you should have your precious pet at the vets!! Don't sit at home waiting for an answer when your pet is critically ill or injured!! I can answer most questions about small animal and wildlife care as well as small animal nutrition. I can also answer questions about all phases of dental care for small animals. I DO NOT answer questions about birds (unless it is wildlife or songbirds) or HAMSTERS/GERBILS/CHINS/GUINEA PIGS/REPTILES/FROGS/RABBITS/PET BIRDS OF ANY KIND so please submit these questions to the appropriate sections. I, as well as other experts in here, do NOT do homework questions- that is for YOU to do! Please respect these rules for all of us. Thanks!


I have over 42 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. I specialized in small animals and did wildlife rehab for over 25 years, mostly raptors, squirrels and opossums. I am a Small Animal Nutritional Consultant with 6 certificates from Hills Pet Foods, CNM and Purina. I also specialized in Small Animal Dentistry which is a field I truly love. I also Teach Veterinary Technology to working technicians who are studying to take their California Tests to become Licensed Technicians. They have to take both the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam) and the California boards.

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