Have a 14-yr old male Burmese. He's always been a talker. About 5 months ago I took him to the Vet because he was meowing a lot more, like something was bothering him. The examined him and gave him a blood test. The said that physically he was in good shape with minor exception that his phosphorus levels were a little high and he was mildly dehydrated but nothing to indicate any significant kidney problems. (He's never drank very much anyway.)
About a month ago he started getting worse to the point now he is exhibiting what I would consider signs of dimentia. He suddenly sits of and starts meowing very loud for a minute then stops and the way he is hunched over it leads me to believe his stomach is bothering him. We are losing sleep at night because of his meowing fits.
I also noticed he isn't eating as much anymore. About a half of what he was eating 4 months ago - although he has only lost 6% of his body weight from 4 months ago. We decided to try Cyproheptadine to 1) increase his appetite and 2) it usually has a mild sedative effect on most cats - its in the antihistamine family.
Last night I gave him 1/4 tablet by mouth. About 10 minutes later he vomited but I didn't see the pill. He's always had a sensetive stomach and has many times vomited after eating lots of dry food even when he was a kitten. But then after he foamed at the mouth for about a minute, never seen that before. He then started pacing around the house, sort of walking a circuit for the next hour or so - wierd! I assumed it was the medicine. The good news is he is meowing much less and the sudden meowing fits are much less frequent since I gave him the medicine. He ate but not much more than he has been lately but this is just day 1 on the medicine.
I'm wondering if any fellow cat owners have any insight, especially Burmese owners. The Vet and I concluded that at this point it appears to be something mental and not physical - senility possibly? But it got so much worse so quickly the past few weeks and he definitely seems, from his hunched over body posture like he is thinking about vomiting, that the meowing is being caused by some physical discomfort?
This morning he was just sitting in the dining room staring - never seen him do this before in that spot in that way.
I can't afford to run a bazillion tests, MRI's, etc. It seems a bit of a mystery. Any insights, suggestions are much much appreciated.