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 Cher Your Own Question
Cher
Cher, Feline Specialist
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 21159
Experience:  Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
1470369
Type Your Cat Question Here...
Cher is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My cat lost weight, eating very little. Making a gulping

Customer Question

My cat lost weight, eating very little. Making a gulping sound a lot. Took him to the vet and she couldn't find out why he was gulping. No inflammation and throat looked ok. She did blood work and it came back he has kidney failure. Really bad. He creatinine level was 6. Phosphorus level was out is the range and well as others (I'm getting a copy of the blood work tomorrow) my question is I can't find out anywhere where kidney failure causes a gulping sound. I know the blood work shows kidneys not functioning but what is causing him to gulp constantly? Also in November his blood work was perfect and he's only 10. Is it possible for such a quick downfall?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.

Hello, and welcome.

I'm so sorry to hear about Cosmo's diagnosis of kidney failure. Older cats are more prone to this, and he IS comparatively young, but we can never predict when this will happen. The fact that his blood work was all within normal limits last November and now the kidney disease is quite prominent is not surprising. Typically, a cat won't start showing symptoms until his kidneys are about 70% shut down.

The gulping can be an indication of nausea, caused by excess stomach acid or acid reflux and for the moment, you can ask the vet for an anti-nausea injection and an antacid safe for cats or you can give Cosmo 1/4 of a 10 mg. Pepcid AC (Famotidine) tablet every 12 hours. Here is more information about this over the counter acid controller:

http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid

The Pepcid AC is a tiny pill, so when you cut it in quarters, it's so small, you can hide it in a small amount of wet cat food or plain jarred baby food chicken containing NO onion or garlic.

With a specialized diet, medication and subcutaneous fluids, this might be treatable, but I know you will explore all options with your vet.

I hope Cosmo will be feeling better, very soon!

Warmest regards,

Cher

Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Cosmo. How is everything going?
Cher