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 Dr. Elaine Your Own Question
Dr. Elaine
Dr. Elaine, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 1388
Experience:  D.V.M.; Small animal emergency and general medicine for 26 years
Type Your Cat Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Elaine is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My cat won't eat, drink or move around past 5 days or so.

Customer Question

my cat won't eat, drink or move around for the past 5 days or so.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Elaine replied 2 years ago.
Hi there, this is Dr. Elaine
May I ask you a few questions first?
Is she usually a good eater?
Has she lost appreciable weight? Do you think any weight loss has started before this particular episode?
How is her body condition? Overweight/fat, thin, normal?
Any vomiting?
What color are her gums? Are they wet?
Expert:  Dr. Elaine replied 2 years ago.
I will try to answer to the best of my ability. If you need more clarification or have info to add for me, I will be back on line after 3pm this afternoon (PST).
One of the most common reasons for lethargy and inappetance in older cats is renal disease (problems with the kidneys). Toxins start to build up in the blood (uremia) and they can actually cause irritation to the point of ulcers in both the mouth and all along the inside of the digestive tract (stomach, intestines). If ulcers occur in the mouth, infection easily follows.
Only a blood test and physical examination can say for sure if the kidneys are causing her problems, and if not, what else might be.
Although she may have been stressed by your absence, in itself this would not cause her problems. Stress, however, could lead to her going off her food and water, and start her becoming dehydrated. This can exacerbate pre-existing kidney problems.
Your veterinarian can administer fluids either IV or under the skin, and give her anti nausea/appetite stimulant medication which can be a tremendous help to how she feels. While kidney disease may not be curable, it is very often well-treatable, with good quality results extending lifespans.
Sometimes cats stop eating for reasons like dental problems (i.e. infected teeth which require extraction).
See the following for more info on kidney problems in cats:
Hope this is helpful.
Dr. Elaine