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My cat has not eaten for two days. His mouth seems fine.

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My cat has not eaten for two days. His mouth seems fine. His stomach feels fine. He continuously purrs and seems happy. He drank some water and threw it up.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 8 months ago.
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name isXXXXX am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions to be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Any diarrhea or coughing?
2- Is he strictly indoors?
3- Any pre existing medical conditions?
4- Any other symptoms?

There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.

1. No


2. Hasn't been outside for weeks.


3. None


4. getting thin - worried about dehydration

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 8 months ago.
Wendy, not eating is not a disease but a sign of an underlying medical problem. The fact that he vomited after he drank water further supports a medical problem. There are many different diseases that can cause anorexia and vomiting in cats. Common causes are: dietary indiscretion, infections, ingestion of a foreign body, inflammation or even secondary to a systemic disease (kidney or liver disease). In an older patient like Arnold we tend to be concern about a systemic disease. To determine the exact underlying cause Arnold is going to need a hands on examination with a veterinarian and some testing (chemistry profile, CBC & UA) as initial screening test. Treatment will be based on exam and test results. In the meantime, this is what you can do:

1- Do not give things like Pepto Bismol or imodium. Start him on Pepcid AC (famotidine) 10mg 1/4 tablet every 12 hours. You can buy Pepcid AC over the counter in any pharmacy.
2- No food or water for 3-4 hours. Give his gastrointestinal tract time to rest.
3- After 3-4 hours offer a small amount of water. Wait half hour, if no vomiting, offer small amount of rice (50%) and boiled boneless chicken or ground beef (50%) 4-6 times a day. If possible blend the food and feed him with a dropper. Keep on this diet for several days then wean into regular diet.
4- Follow up with your family veterinarian.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back. I am happy to address follow-up questions. Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!

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Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 8 months ago.
Hi Wendy,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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