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Experience:  Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
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My 13 1/2 year old cat has not bee eating her dry food, ate

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My 13 1/2 year old cat has not bee eating her dry food, ate some wet food from my fingers. seems very lethargic but has been drinking more water since this morning....she also had some fo***** ***** substance come from her mouth that I noticed on her blanket, in 3 spots.......her urine and bm seem okay.......????
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 2 years ago.
Hi, I'm a licensed veterinarian and I'll be happy to try to help you today.
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 2 years ago.
An elderly cat who has a poor appetite, but seems to be drinking more water, may be showing signs of some serious metabolic issues. Some possibilities include:DiabetesKidney DiseaseLiver DiseasePancreatitisCancerand others... It can be very difficult to predict which of these is occurring, based on symptoms alone, so usually blood tests are required. It is an option to provide symptomatic care, such as fluids and anti nausea medicines, to see if there's improvements, but delaying a proper diagnosis can make it tougher to treat the problem after some time has passed.
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 2 years ago.
In other words, a veterinary exam would be the wisest choice, potentially you could try waiting until tomorrow since she is at least eating something, but if her condition worsens today, then emergency care might be reasonable.
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 2 years ago.
If you can give pills, you could try 1/4 tablet of Meclizine, sold in any pharmacy without a prescription, as a motion sickness treatment for people. This can reduce nausea and might improve Abby's appetite.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
thank you...the symptoms just started today .....she is usually very energetic and hungry so that's why it concerned me........thanks again..I will get her to her vet tomorrow!!!!!!!!
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 2 years ago.
Glad to help - let me know if there is anything else I can do!
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 2 years ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Drew