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Does he go outside?
Hmm...this is all rather concerning....
Could you please go and check a few things:
1. Count how many breaths he takes in one minute2. Lift his lip above his canine teeth – so you can see his canines and the teeth behind them.
Are his gums sticky and tacky, or are they wet and slimy when you touch them with a finger?
3. Are his gums and tongue:- dark red- dark pink- bubble gum pink- light pink- whiteAre they lighter or darker than your own?
4. Do you see any bruising on his gums or on his belly beside his penis or in his groin area?
5. Can you take his temperature?
I did my best! Here are the answers to your questions:
1. Count how many breaths he takes in one minute: 45
2. Lift his lip above his canine teeth – so you can see his canines and the teeth behind them. They are wet and slimy 3. His gums and tongue are: light pinkAre they lighter or darker than your own? About the same
4. Do you see any bruising on his gums or on his belly beside his penis or in his groin area? I couldn't see any bruising on his gums and there is too much fur to see well on his stomach but he is growling when I press on his tummy.
5. Can you take his temperature? I really tried but he was getting very upset with me and since I was on my own there was noone to help me hold him. He was growling at me so I stopped.
He really hates me now!
Cats with a fractured pelvis often move very gingerly, holding themselves low to the floor and preferring to stay close to walls for support. A fractured pelvis can cause a lot of internal bleeding as their are many blood vessels in the area. This internal bleeding can lead to shock, which can be life threatening.
Unfortunately, there are no pain killers that you might have in your medicine cabinet that would be safe to give to a cat. Tylenol is very toxic to cats! And ibuprofen and aspirin are also toxic to them.
Here is more about these drugs:
I suggest opening a can of tuna *in water* and offering him the liquid, diluted 50:50 or more with water.
Also, you can pick up Clam Juice in most grocery stores (sold in with the V8 or with the canned tuna in my grocery store) and mix that with some water.
You could try Lactose Free milk (Lactaid is the Canadian brand).
Offer him some canned cat food, and mix it with water to make a slurry if he won't eat it.
Things you can do to encourage a cat to drink are:
- offer water from a very wide flat bowl as cats don't like their whiskers to touch the edges when they drink (which is why lots of cats like the toilet bowl).
- If he likes dripping water, leave a tap dripping for him.
- Offer bottled water and see if he prefers it.
- Offer onion free chicken or beef broth, diluted 50:50.
- See if he likes water with an ice cube in it.
- See if he likes it out of a cup or martini glass.
- Offer Whiskas Kitty Milk
- Offer him canned food as the first ingredient in water
- You could try getting some human baby food in meat flavours (check that there are no onions or garlic in the ingredients) and mix that with warm water and offer that, or syringe it in little bits into your cat's mouth. Beech Nut makes a line of baby food that has nothing but meat (beef, chicken, turkey or veal) in it.
Here's a link:
If you cannot find this, you could find another meat baby food - just read the label carefully to be sure there are no onions, onion powder, garlic, or garlic powder in it.
Try to get him to drink small amounts frequently. If you can, try syringe 1 teaspoon (5 mL) or liquids per half hour into his mouth.
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If you need more information, just click on reply and I will still be here to provide it! The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would strongly advise contacting your regular veterinarian. Best wishes, Fiona