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Hi, my cat was absolutely fine yesterday morning, I went out

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Hi, my cat was absolutely fine yesterday morning, I went out for a couple of hours at lunchtime and when I came back he came in for his food but without his usual enthusiasm. He then left most of it which is unheard of. During the evening he seemed jumpy and kept changing seats then sat on my lap and meowed quite a bit - also unusual. Through the night he slept on my bed which he doesn't usually do but seemed quite comfortable. This morning he was purring and sitting close to my head and seemed ok. He did eat some food but immediately came back in the house to sleep, he's still there and hasn't ventured back up. Usually when I come in the door he gets up to see if I've got something delicious I want to give him but today he's just not interested. Not very purry now either! Worried about him, any suggestions? Thanks
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We can see these signs as a result of several causes, especially in a cat that can go outside:

- A viral infection

- Parasites

- Gastroenteritis

- But we an also see this in young male cats importantly with the start of urinary disease, either a sterile cystitis, urinary tract infection - or even an early blockage!

If there is a concern for stomach upset and dehydration:

For hydration you can either use water, or Pedialyte for hydration and electrolytes (LINK HERE).

Some veterinarians also consider antacids for stomach upset such as Pepcid A/C (LINK HERE)

BUT - If you notice a lack of appetite for more than 48 hours, vomiting, diarrhea, OR a lack or urination (a urinary blockage) - I would recommend seeing your veterinarian for an examination and even some basic bloodwork and x-rays to make sure there is not an underlying cause for this.

The reason I mention urination - is that when a cat can not urinate - the body can no longer get rid of toxins and chemicals.

This link may also help - CLICK HERE

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