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my cat is an indoor/outdoor cat has runny eye, wont eat but

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my cat is an indoor/outdoor cat has runny eye, won't eat but drinks small amounts of water, seems to breathe very deep(or has trouble breathing) I am concerned does this sound like cat luekmia and is it treatable money is an issue what can I do if anything
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. JD replied 8 years ago.



May I ask a few questions?


How old is your cat?


Do you have other pets/cats?


Is it just one eye or both eyes that are affected?


Has your cat been vaccinated?


How long have you noticed the problem? any coughing or sneezing?





Customer: replied 8 years ago.

Ms Kitty 12 years old, I have 3 cats and 2 dogs, had 4 cats one died 14 days ago with systoms of weight loss only 8 years old, found him unable to move and in severe pain thought maybe dog maybe dog hurt him, friend put him down. It's only one eye and saline solution seem to hbe helping some what. No, not for about 2 years this spring. Runny eye about 4 to5 days ago, loss of appetite, weight loss and breathing problem 2 days this is the 3rd. day.

Expert:  Dr. JD replied 8 years ago.

Hi again, thanks for the information!


There are many things that come to mind for a cat that age...


Certainly respiratory infections can cause some of the symptoms you are seeing, including pneumonia.... and feline leukemia can be an underlying cause. Feline leukemia is a virus that causes the immune system to not function properly, so cats get very sick from infections that cats with healthy immune systems would be able to handle. A simple blood test can determine if that is part of the problem. If so, the chances of recovery are much poorer. FIV is also a viral infection that can affect cats in a similar way. It can be easily tested for as well.


Other things that come to mind are heart disease, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, and kidney disease, all of which can be checked for with a blood panel at a vet's office. Man of these conditions can be managed with medications and diet changes, especially if feline leukemia or FIV are fuled out. Also, unfortunately, in older cats we have to consider cancer as a cause of illness, too. Sometimes we can detect changes on a physical exam that clue us in as to what might be going on, so that's where I would start. I'm afraid that there's not a lot you can do at home with the medications you have that will help, in fact, cats are very sensitive to human over the counter medications and they should never be given unless instructed by your vet as they can cause more damage than good.


I hope this is helpful in helping you know what might be some of the causes of what you are seeing. I encourage you to seek out a vet for an exam and a test for FeLV/FIV, at least to start Call around and get some prices for what that would cost. Also, some humane societies and shelters offer low cost vet services or may be able to recommend a vet to you.


Good luck and please let me know if you have any additional questions.



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