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My kitty is usually active but today has been inactive but

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My kitty is usually active but today has been inactive but still got up to eat.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not aid you sooner, but can you tell me:

How long has Jax had these signs?

Any coughing, sneezing, congestion or discharges from his eyes or nose?

Any retching, gagging, or vomiting?

Is he drinking and breathing normally?

Are his gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?

If you press on his belly,does he have any discomfort, tenderness, or tensing?

Could he have eaten something he should not have (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals,etc)?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi
Yes he is eating/drinking/pooping, it's just for a 7 ish month old kitty he is usually more active. No vomiting etc
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you,

I do apologize that we seem to be playing a bit of holiday time zone tag.

Now I have to say that Jax isn’t giving us much to go on here. Lethargy and activity decline are not specific signs of illness and just suggest that he is feeling a bit rough and unwell in general.

So, as long as he can urinate, eat/drink, and hasn’t any respiratory changes; we’d just need to monitor at this point to see if specific signs will surface or whether his immune system will settle this for him.

While we do so, we do want to keep him comfortable. So, you can offer him access to a heating pad. As well, if he shows any appetite loss, then we’d want to consider an easily digestible diet like boiled chicken, boiled white fish, or meat baby food (as long as its free from garlic or onion powder). Ideally, we want to offer this as small frequent meals to keep the stomach settled.

Overall, his signs are not suggestive of an illness we can target at this stage. He is only telling us that he is under the weather. Therefore, we’d want to monitor at this point and if he doesn’t settle or shows any of those signs I noted, then we want to have a check with his vet to address those specific signs.

Please take care,

Dr. B.