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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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My cat will not eat. He sniffs s food and walks away. He

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My cat will not eat. He sniffs his food and walks away. He drinks water and is voiding and defacating. He is 17. Any thoughts
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Whenever a 17 year old becomes anorexic, both degenerative (chronic renal and/or hepatic insufficiency, e.g.) and neoplastic (cancer) disorders must top my differential diagnosis list. In fact, it's likely that there's more than one disorder existing concomitantly at Devlin's advanced age. His anorexia is a danger sign and should prompt a thorough physical exam including a senior/geriatric diagnostic panel of blood and urine tests +/- X-rays of his chest and ultrasound of his abdomen. There are truly more possible problems to consider than I can post in this venue.

What other worrisome symptoms are present, please - sneezing, coughing, increased respiratory rate, "abdominal" breathing, white or bluish/greyish mucous membranes in his oral cavity, vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst, increased volume of urine, lameness, or weight loss?