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cat lifeless not eating or drinking for 3 days weepy eyes,

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cat lifeless not eating or drinking for 3 days weepy eyes, normaly very talkative cat but not making any sounds ?? could you help me please??
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 5 years ago.
Hi, thanks for your question about Billy. Has he been losing weight before the past 3 days? Prior to him stopping eating and drinking, was he drinking more water than normal?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
no he was ok he was still jumping the garden fence on thurs.
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 5 years ago.
If you look at his gums, do they appear as pink as your own gums, or do they seem to be pale (less pink, more white)? Are the gums moist, or dry?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
hi mainly white going to pink where teeth come out gums are dryish
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 5 years ago.
And are they moist or dry to the touch?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
dry to the touch
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 5 years ago.
OK, thank you for checking. One more question - if you squeeze his belly, is it tense, bloated, or painful at all?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
not bloated didnt feel tense he didnt seem to mind being touched there
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 5 years ago.
OK, thanks. With pale gums, and being very lifeless and quiet, I am worried about a few possible issues, including heart disease (which can appear suddenly in cats), anemia (low red blood cell count, which occurs slowly but the symptoms can appear suddenly), or internal metabolic issues such as kidney or liver disease, both of which also tend to occur fairly slowly in older cats but can appear suddenly due to cats' ability to hide minor illness fairly well.

Obviously, without some diagnostic tests, it is extremely tough to know what's going on internally, but some simple supportive care measures may be of benefit. Some chicken broth, or tuna juice, can be trickle fed into his mouth, to help provide some hydration and electrolytes. Keeping him in a warm place, as comfortable as possible, is also a good idea.

Over the counter medicines are generally best avoided in cats. However, with the weepy eyes, there's a possibility there could be an upper respiratory infection, which might be helped slightly with an antihistamine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine), 1 mg per pound of body weight, every 12 hours.

Veterinary care is likely to be necessary as soon as it is available.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
he was diagnoised as a kitten as having a heart murmer but i was told it would not affect him
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
could i give him the brine from the tinned tuna?
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 5 years ago.
The heart murmur may or may not be related. the juice from the tuna is acceptable, but dilute it with water first.
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