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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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She lost her voice this morning and she is acting like she

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she lost her voice this morning and she is acting like she wants to spit something out and licking mouth
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the cat?
Customer: she is acting normal other than that
JA: Where does the cat seem to hurt?
Customer: in the throat
JA: Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?
Customer: no, though I have not looked inside
JA: OK. Nothing visually obvious. Is the cat eating normally?
Customer: seems to be
JA: Is the cat having trouble peeing or pooing?
Customer: not that we can see. This just started a few hours ago
JA: How is the cat behaving differently?
Customer: she is not acting unusual just the acting like she wants to get something out of her throat and lost her voice
JA: What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Sissy and she is 5
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Sissy?
Customer: no she has 3 other sisters and has been normal playing today
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

While necessarily conjecture without examining Sissy, her loss of voice concomitant with her licking and acting as if she wants to spit something out (urpy?) suggests gastroesophageal reflux (GERD/acid reflux/heartburn). It would have arisen during the night as it often does in us as we're horizontal when asleep and stomach acid has an easier time making it up into our oropharynx where it can "burn" the mucous membranes in that area resulting in hoarseness - a change in voice. A test of this hypothesis would involve dosing Sissy with 1/4 of the 10 mg over the counter antacid famotidine (Pepcid). She might well normalize by morning if acid reflux is responsible for her behavior.

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