Pumpkin seems to be doing better today. He had some poop in his box this morning and more this afternoon. The color wasn't as dark as yesterday but is still dark brown. It wasn't hard but on the soft side. That he went twice in less than 24 hours is a good thing. I'm hoping his appetite will improve.Our Vet gives us a listing of our cats weight from last several visits whenever we go see them. I just had one in there yesterday and looked at his weight for the last 6 visits. He is about the size of your guy, and the same age. His weight fluctuates like you guys with every visit. It could be the time of day, whether he has just eaten, or had something to drink, or peed or pooped. Our Vet is never concerned about it.
And, to me, his poop color wise, look just fine. It just looks a little dry. Do you add any water to his wet food. You might try doing that. Are you adding his "meds" to his food, or syringing it into his mouth? I found I could add icky meds to foods like FF broths (fish flavors). Their broths aren't just broth, but also have chunks of salmon, tuna, whatever, and I was able to get one of my guys to take his meds in there last time he needed antibiotics. Giving you boy broths would also give him a little more hydration.
I grind his antacid and mix it in Laxatone along with some miralax. I normally put it on my finger and let him lick it off. He won't take it willingly any other way. When he fights me on this (like today) I have to wipe it on his paws so he'll lick it off. I wish there was a better way to do this.
I ordered him a few things from Chewy including a high calorie gel similar to Laxatone. I thought about getting that broth for him but do they have any without fish? His vets recommended no fish in his diet.
I feed him dry food every day (Purina Kitten Chow to help with his weight) and I take some of that and add water to it. He also gets canned food and has multiple water sources. I'm doing everything I can but it never seems to be enough but maybe it's just me!
Should I be concerned about his weight loss? Pumpkin weighed 14 pounds when I first adopted him about 10 years ago and he's been gradually losing weight ever since. He was a stray that I took in during the Winter of 2012-2013 and I have no idea how long he was staying outside. Getting him to transition from being outdoors all the time to just indoors has been challenging. To this day he still tries to run (not as often as at first) .