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adult male cat in crisis

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elder male cat/outside alot,currently nose very very dry,no appetite for couple days now,no water either,limp,losing movement altogether and the loss started and is prevelent in hind end. lifeless, and becoming ever more so
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Rebekah Haferbecker replied 11 years ago.

Take your cat to the vet ASAP. He is likely very ill. Not drinking for several days is very serious because he is likely now dehydrated. Accompanied with the lethargy and lack of appetite points any number of major illnesses. Illnesses in elderly cats can progress rapidly and should be caught as early as possible. He needs to be seen by a doctor and diagnosed ASAP as he seems to be fading fast!

Hope this helps!

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Rebekah Johnson's Post: Dear Rebekah, Thanks for yoyr reply. If you would please, could you list specifically the the "any number of major illnesses" you refer to in your reply. I would greatly appreciate it. BTW-the cat died before we could get him to the vets. I would just like the additional info for in the future as we
do have other pets in the household.

Thanks Again,
Expert:  Rebekah Haferbecker replied 11 years ago.

It could have been lymphosarcoma if he had a spinal tumor it can cause the paralysis, lethargy, loss of apetite:

Because he was an outside cat at times he may have eaten something poisoness outside as well.

It could have been heart disease:

Or it could have just been old age or it could have been a combination of things. Without him having been able to get to a vet and without any idea of what may have triggered his illness it is hard to give an accurrate diagnosis. One thing though that you can know for sure is that for elderly cats it is important to take them to the vet as soon as they show signs of illness because of their weakened state illness can progress very quickly.

Hope this helps!


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