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I have an older cat, this morning she would not eat, or drink,

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I have an older cat, this morning she would not eat, or drink, I now see her stomach is bloated. is there anything I can do to help her
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
Hello and thanks for trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 25 years experience and would be happy work with you.
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
Was Pearl acting normal yesterday as far as eating, drinking and eliminating?
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
Does she seem in distress at all as far as her breathing?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yesterday morning yes, In the evening not so much. She ate less and during the night we had a loud storm. about 130 am I fouond her under a kitchen cabinet and helped her out. She seemed a little strange then but couldn't get any feeling about why
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
breathing is a little harder I think
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
Do her pupils look normal or are they fully dilated? Do they respond at all to light by constricting? Does it appear as if she can see?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
didn't see her tummy at first because of long hair. let me check
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Pupils are normal
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
She can see
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
OK, good. When was the last time you saw her pass stool and did it look normal?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
She wants to be outside but it's starting to rain
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yesterday morning, it was normal for her sort of hard
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
It may be that she is wanting to go outside because she has an upset GI tract. A bloated abdomen can occur if she is constipated, but if she passed a normal stool yesterday that is less likely. The bloating could also be gas which could make her uncomfortable.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Did I loose you
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
Unfortunately, the bloating could also be due to fluid build up.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
she has not used her cat box since yesterday
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
This can occur secondary to heart disease or tumors as well as a few other disorders.
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
In an older cat, one of the biggest concerns when they stop eating is the possibility of kidney disease.
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
When their kidneys don't work so well, the normal toxins in the bloodstream that the kidneys remove can build up and make them not feel so well.
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
Even if there is something else going on, if she stops eating and drinking normally, she can become dehydrated which can affect her kidney function.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
so what can I do her vet is closed for holiday. By the way I also have another cat 19 calico who last week had similar symptons,
she did have kidney problems, and was treated with medication and food. meds for possible infection.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
and the KD foods from hills diet.
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
I would definitely recommend that you have her examined by a veterinarian as soon as you can. Do you have emergency veterinary services available?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
across the river yes about 30m-45 min from home
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
there is an urget care that normally starts at 5pm but Im not sure it will open because of the holiday
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
In the meantime, you can try to entice her to at least drink. You can try offering some broth or any fluid that she may like. Or you can try offering small bits of water at a time via syringe or eyedropper.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
should I try to get her to the vet away from here now or see if the closer vet opens at 5
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
I would recommend that you give either the urgent care or the ER a call and see if they can see her tonight. The sooner she gets rehydrated the better chance of turning things around.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
ok
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
Good luck with her and please keep me posted as to how things progress. Is there anything else I can answer today?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
no thank you, ***** ***** I keep you posted
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. Z.