How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Drew Your Own Question
Dr. Drew
Dr. Drew, Veterinarian
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 16844
Experience:  Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
Type Your Cat Question Here...
Dr. Drew is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My siamese cat is not eating now for a week or more. She is

Customer Question

My siamese cat is not eating now for a week or more. She is also not drinking and she is lathargic and sleeps a lot of the time. We did have a small kitten in the house for about a month and that is when it started. She was the only cat ,but the kitten is gone and she still won't eat or drink. I've offered her everything that is her favorite, but she is losing weight and not moving around very much. I'm 72 yrs. old and not able to get her to the vet, but I'm very worried and I need some help. Please advise what you can.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 5 years ago.
Hello, welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian, and I'll be happy to help you in any way I can. A cat who is not eating for a week or more, is in very serious condition! It is likely that Thai Tai is severly dehydrated, and has serious organ issues developing because of a lack of proper hydration and nutrition -- and I'm sorry to say it, but this is not something you're going to be able to nurse her through at home! I would have to recommend that you ask a friend, a neighbor, a family member -- anyone -- to help you get this little girl to a veterinarian as soon as possible, so that some blood tests can be done to see what exactly is going wrong internally!

All that can be done at home is to try to use a syringe or dropper with fluids such as diluted chicken broth, diluted clam juice, diluted tuna juice, etc in order to try to replace some of what Thai Tai is undoubtedly lacking at this point. There are no over the counter medicines that are going to be useful in this situation, unfortunately.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Could she be upset because she was jealous of a kitten being in the house? She was the only cat for a long time and she was fine until the kitten came into the house. How could she suddenly get so sick? And at the same time a new kitten arrived?
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 5 years ago.
It is possible that the stress of the kitten being present, lead to an underlying illness to worsen, just like stress can aggravate illness in humans. I do not believe that a purely psychological cause would lead to her not eat for this length of time. It is also possible that she picked up an illness from the kitten, especially if Thai Tai's vaccinations are incomplete or not up to date.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
She is an indoor cat and has not been exposed to any other cats or animals. The kitten was privately owned but had not haqd his kitten shots, he may have brought something into the house but he was very active and actually picked on her and she is an Alpha cat.until the kitten came into being.
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 5 years ago.
Well, regardless of what the underlying cause is here -- a cat, just like a person, who goes for over a week without eating or drinking, is in terrible condition, and is not going to survive without intensive care including intravenous fluids. I wish there was an easier suggestion, but there simply isn't.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

  • The response from the Expert literally saved my cat's life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart -- I will recommend all of my friends to you!!! Lucia Rincon, Georgia
< Previous | Next >
  • The response from the Expert literally saved my cat's life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart -- I will recommend all of my friends to you!!! Lucia Rincon, Georgia
  • I will use your service again. I was very pleased with the response and the fact that you have a low cost option so that those of us on fixed income can have questions answered. I will also recommend you to others. Karen Jackson Heights, NY
  • You helped us to come to what we believe is a better next step in Jack's treatment, and hopefully have saved us $800!! Thanks again! Jack's Mom Tuscon, AZ
  • The vet said that the information and my following it will be what made the difference. Thanks again for being so very helpful. Tracy Grayson, LA
  • My oldest male cat had a seizure this evening. This site was the first place I could think of to go after the seizure had passed. Dr. Lucy was fantastic and she was spot on! Debbie USA
  • I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there. Alice H. Jacksonville, Fl.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

Meet The Experts:

  • Terri


    Feline Healthcare Expert

    Satisfied Customers:

    Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
< Last | Next >
  • Terri's Avatar


    Feline Healthcare Expert

    Satisfied Customers:

    Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
  • Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • Cher's Avatar


    Feline Specialist

    Satisfied Customers:

    Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
  • Lori's Avatar


    Feline Healthcare

    Satisfied Customers:

    16 yrs health care mgmt & issues relating to cats, reproductive issues and multicat environments
  • Micki's Avatar


    Expert in cat behavior and health

    Satisfied Customers:

    Expert in cat medical and behavior issues.
  • Candy R.'s Avatar

    Candy R.

    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • Theresa's Avatar


    A Voice for your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    19+ years in animal medicine as a veterinary technician