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CriticalCareVet, ER/ICU Specialist
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My cat doesnt seem like herself anymore, she lays around more

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My cat doesn't seem like herself anymore, she lays around more and doesn't eat as much as she used to.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 8 years ago.
Hi there,

Welcome to - I will try my best to help - but have a few questions.

- Age?

- Vomiting?

- Diarrhea?

- Weight loss?

- Drinking more than usual?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
She is going on 12 yrs old. She hasn't been vomiting, but just did after drinking water. No diarrhea and there is weight loss. Not drinking anymore than normal.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 8 years ago.
Hi there,

Whenever I have an owner present to me with a case similar to what you write.
- Older cat
- Losing weight
- Vague signs of lethargy, etc.

...I discuss that there are a certain group of disease processes which tend to be more likely.

Possibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Hyperthyroid (overactive thyroid)
- Diabetes
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Cancer

(other causes such as dietary indiscretion and infectious causes such as parasites are also possible, but the above list is more likely)

In cases such as this it is recommended to have a veterinary examination and perform several tests to make sure there is not an underlying cause that requires specific treatment. These tests may include:
- Bloodwork to check the organ values (kidney, liver, electrolytes, blood glucose, and thyroid level.)
- Examination of the stool for bacteria, parasites, etc
- Maybe even x-rays

If the above tests do not find a cause -and you are still wanting to look - the next tests would then be an abdominal ultrasound.

Based on the examination and the tests above - either specific treatment or supportive treatment recommendations can be made.

While your signs do not seem serious enough to warrant an ER visit, this is something that I would recommend you visit your vet for...

I hope this information helps! Please let me know if you have other questions!
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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 highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
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