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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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Persian type small 8 lb female spayed kitty about 6 y/o.

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Persian type small 8 lb female spayed kitty about 6 y/o . Normally pretty active and vocal Today became very lethargic... Suspect a clear viscous liguid on basement floor may have been hers. Don't really suspect poison as she's a particular eater...
Unusually quiet and walking slow. while kinda sleeping most of day....
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Kisa isn't giving us much to work with. She's lethargic and somnolent and the source of that liquid is unclear. In these cases, I first need to assess how much urgency exists. To do that I need you to do a few things for me...

1) 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).

2) Please assess her respiratory rate at rest. She should be taking less than 40 breaths/minute.

3) 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 two person job!

Please let me know what you find.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
33 breathes per minute and a nice pink gum tongue ... Don't have the means to take a temp....
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I understand. Those vitals are good. It's been over 4 hours since you first posted. May I have an update on Kisa, please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
still quiet, hasn't eaten or drank all day. Purrs when someone is near and talking accepts some petting but gets a little agitated if stroking lasts too long.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

We know that she's not in danger but not much more than that. Continue to "watchful wait", re-evaluate in the morning and if still anorexic and too quiet, please have her vet take a look at her. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin

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