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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 has stopped eating and drinking days now. I have been

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My cat has stopped eating and drinking for 3 days now. I have been able to get a little bit of water in him with a dropper but its been very little. I don't know whats wrong.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I don't either but Punkin has exceeded my "watchful waiting" period of 72 hours. Anorexia of that length of time will have left him dehydrated and electrolyte imbalanced and in need of supplemental fluids administered by needle - either subcutaneously as an outpatient or intravenously while hospitalized. His vet will need to perform a thorough physical exam on him which is likely to include diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests. Because his symptoms are nonspecific, I need you to check his vital signs for me...

1) Please check his tongue and gum color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greying (hypoxia/lack of oxygen to his tissues).

2) Please check his respirator rate at rest. He should be taking less than 40 breaths/minute.

3) Please take his rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do placed 1" into his rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This is a 2 person job!

Please let me know what you find.