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hi, my two year old indoor female cat ran outside without my noticing until the next morning. she had been hiding in the back yard and ran back into the house after i called her several times. she is fixed and has had her shots. her behavior since this time is not the same. she no longer comes to me when called. she is lethargic. she is eating and drinking, but seems lighter than she was. she is meeker. she wants to go off by herself and is sleeping more. i have tried to examine her, but there seem to be no surface wounds. it seems her backside is a bit sensitive, as she makes a small mew sound and shrinks from touch. i think she was a bit traumatized from being outdoors over night. i am wondering if she was mated for the first time. should i take her to the vet for an examination or just give her a little time? it has been a couple of days since this experience - she hasn't worsened, but she doesn't seem much improved.
Hello, Stefania and welcome!My name is XXXXX XXXXX it will be my pleasure to help with your question.Poor Bastet! She must've been very frightened and you don't know what 'critters' or other cats she may have come into contact with, outside. If she's spayed, an unneutered male cat probably wouldn't bother her, but you can never tell. She may have had to defend herself.If these symptoms are not abating, it would be advisable to have her evaluated in person by a vet as soon as you can. She may have a small injury that you can't see, on or near her rear end or elsewhere, or she may have some internal injuries. Check the color of her gums and if they're light pink as usual, that's good. If they're paler, like white or grayish, she should be seen right away by an ER vet. I'm glad you're ensuring that she's eating and drinking, and I hope she is eliminating, too.Definitely have her seen in person and for the moment, get a Feliway plug in diffuser to help with her stress/anxiety from her little 'adventure'. You can find Feliway in major pet supply stores. Here is more information: FeliwayI hope all will be well with your sweet Bastet!
After my trying to check her over a couple of times, Bastet has now hidden somewhere in the house and is unresponsive to calls and shaking the food bag. I have been searching for her on and off since your response.
I found her. She came out of hiding after I opened the back door. I checked her gums. They don't seem as pink as they should be - they are quite pale, but not quite white or grey. She just ate a couple of bites of cat food. She is now in her litter box. I haven't gotten her to drink any water yet.
She didn't eliminate. She has left again - she doesn't want to be near me. She was obviously traumatized. I just don't know if I am over-reacting. I seem to be making it worse by chasing after her to ensure she is ok. She is definitely not herself.
I am taking her into the vet first thing in the morning. Thank you so much for your help.