How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask CriticalCareVet Your Own Question
CriticalCareVet
CriticalCareVet, ER/ICU Specialist
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 63982
Experience:  Emergency and Critical Care Specialist
17828336
Type Your Cat Veterinary Question Here...
CriticalCareVet is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My cat seems to be depressed, hardly eating, not playing or

This answer was rated:

My cat seems to be depressed, hardly eating, not playing or showing interest in anything, lost far too much weight. Has seen our vet in Rufford Lancashire who has run blood tests, X Rays, kept him in for observation for 3 nights but still no official diagnosis. Can you help quickly please?
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

When blood tests were performed, did they look at the sugar, kidney values and thyroid?

-
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Yes, those were tested.
Whenever I have an owner present to me with a case similar to what you write I discuss that there are a certain group of disease processes which tend to be more likely when there are chronic signs such as this in middle aged to older cats.

 

Possibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Hyperthyroid (overactive thyroid)
- Diabetes
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease

With this information - the first step to evaluate underlying causes would be basic bloodwork. We need to look into specific values including:
- Kidney
- Glucose
- Thyroid
- Liver
- etc.

As you have said, those tests were non diagnostic - meaning they do not show an answer as to what is going on -
the next test would then be an abdominal ultrasound.

Based on the examination and the tests above - either specific treatment or supportive treatment recommendations can be made.

With that said - what would I be looking into with the ultrasound? Why do I recommend this? Of course it would be part of a thorough evaluation when there is weight loss such as this - but notably I would be looking to see if there was evidence of intestinal thickening due to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

IBD is common in middle aged to older cats - as they commonly are thin.

 

In these cases - we then target the cause - the hypersensitivity to the food - changing their food to either a hydrolyzed protein diet or a novel protein diet.

Other common treatments for cats with IBD including medications such as metronidazole (an antibiotic) and even a steroid (prednisone)

 

I hope this information helps! Please let me know if you have other questions!
_____________________________________________________________________
Please click "ACCEPT" if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for my work. Bonuses are always welcome and Feedback is appreciated. Thank you.

The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Are there any products available in pet shops that could help? I'm reluctant to back to my vet having already spent approx £280, or homeopathic type treatments?
What can we try at home to get this in the right direction???

- You can try to offer small amounts of pedialyte for hydration and electrolytes. You can even purchase a dropper from your local pharmacy to offer the water/pedialyte mixture by mouth.


- A calorie dense nutritional supplement such as nutrical (LINK HERE)

- Another option would be baby food. If you are going to try this, please purchase baby food that does not have any ingredients such as garlic or onion.

Many baby foods now will only have the ingredients of the item and water...for example chicken and water. But they will not have any other salts or seasonings. This is what you need. Just chicken and water or beef and water

for example.


BUT - If this does not help and the signs you report continue, then I would really recommend an ultrasound to get to the bottom of this.

_____________________________________________________________________Please click "ACCEPT" if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for my work. Bonuses are always welcome and appreciated. Thank you.
The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
CriticalCareVet and other Cat Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you