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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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Our housecat has quit "washing" mself. He has quit eating,

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Our housecat has quit "washing" himself. He has quit eating, but is drinking a lot more water. He sleeps quite a bit more than normal. He goes outdoors, so I can't check his bowel movements...
This has gone on for many days, & I haven't convinced my husband we need to go to the vet.
He is getting so weak, & thinning. We can pick him up, and he shows no outward sign of pain.
Do you have any ideas as to what we can do to help him?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

I'm afraid that you'll have to convince your husband that Itty needs the attention of his vet. A weak, wasting away, anorexic, and polydipsic (increased thirst) cat is likely to be critically ill. As serious as those symptoms are, they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder and so Itty's vet will need to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests to be able to clarify what's going on with him and whether or not he can be helped. He doesn't present as a cat that can be helped with home care at this time.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.
Hi Cindy,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin