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Male long haired Maine Coon cat, 12 years old, lethargic, vomits

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Male long haired Maine Coon cat, 12 years old, lethargic, vomits undigested food frequently, moves slow, weght loss significant (3 lbs) in last 3 months. Lives indoors, but sneaks out occasionally. Has trouble chewing. Is this the only quality of life he will have?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.
Hi, I can help you with your question today. When you said he vomits undigested food, can you tell if he is even chewing the kibbles?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He has always had trouble chewing like his tongue is too long. His tongue hangs out a lot....I know he has a fur ball problem but we have even shaved him...which caused depression....still vomits undigested food
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.
So is the food that he vomits chewed or whole?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
whole
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.
OK, from your description, it sounds like this kitty's primary problem is likely periodontal disease or resorptive lesions. I highly recommend having him evaluated by your local vet. I would start with a physical and some blood work. If the physical confirms dental disease, and the blood work is relatively good, we can go forward with a dental cleaning and possible extractions. Most cats recover very well after a procedure given several days of pain medication.
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.
It is best to have the dental done at a facility that has dental x-ray available. I would also expect pain medication such as buprenorphine to be sent home with him, and possibly antibiotics as well.
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. Susan