In 2013 we were told our now 19 yr old male cat has pancreatitis. A traveling vet subsequently came to help me administer a med to him. Even she was not successful and told me: "your cat is old. Don't keep stressing him out by taking to the vet every time he's not well anymore. As long as he's eating and drinking water, he's ok." Without typing the entire conversation, her point was: he's old, refuses meds and surgery isn't an option for him so just keep him happy. We haven't taken him since.
This cat NEVER meowed prior to 2013. He used to be normal and eat what we gave him. Now he yells like a screaming infant and doesn't like any of the food we give him. He has a few cries and sometimes we think it could be from pain but the majority of the time it seems he's just mad.
THE PROBLEM: It's 11:30pm and everyone just woke up for our first round of the nightmare it's become living with a geriatric cat. He will do this all night long (5 - 7 times a night!) and it's a little less during the day. He only licks his food. Refuses to eat dry food. He cries 24/7 to eat but if he liked something at noon, he hates it by 1pm. I've tried expensive foods, a ton of brands, baby food, just meat gravy, heating food, etc. Nothing works for more than a meal and he's just licking his food at best.... Unless it's on another cat's dish! Then he finds a way to tear it up. Yes we have other strays/rescues but we keep them outside or in the basement. My little old man seldom goes out anymore but if he does, he is somehow still the king of the jungle and even our tomcat is a big baby and will run from this little tyrant. He's now skin & bones and I'm so at the end of my rope that I'll share any food I'm eating with him just so he can get nourishment: burgers, eggs, hot dogs, bagels, etc.
I love my boy but this has been torture for all. It's like having a crying infant who never grows out of it. We are so stressed when night time comes we now all say: "good night/good luck." We are so sleep deprived I don't think I will ever catch up...
Sleepless in Yaphank