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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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I have an 8 year old calico. She's not her usual nervous

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I have an 8 year old calico. She's not her usual nervous self. She will walk slowly, eat a tiny bit and that's all. Usually I'm not able to pick her up as she's fairly nervous. However now I can. She will meow a little protest however. She's always been an indoor cat and hasn't been to the vet in a few years as she's been quite healthy. I noticed a change in her usual behavior a few days ago.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Unfortunately, my response must necessarily be unsatisfactory because your calico's behavior isn't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder. The change in her behavior, however, is a danger sign and so it would be prudent to have her vet perform a thorough physical exam perhaps including blood and urine tests and imaging (X-rays or ultrasound) in an attempt to clarify why your cat's behavior has changed in that manner. I understand that you didn't come to the site to be told to go to the vet but I, too, would need to examine her to be more helpful. To determine if there's urgency present, please check her gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish-greyish (cyanosis/lack of oxygen to her tissues). Please check her respiratory rate at rest. She should be taking less than 40 breaths per minute. Finally, please take her rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do placed 1" into her rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This is a 2 person job! Please let me know what you find.

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