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My cat is normally active but this morning she wants to

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My cat is normally active but this morning she wants to sleep. She is normally hungry in the A.M. but this morning isn't interested. She just wants to sleep. Her eyes look rather watery. What could be the problem? She just isn't herself.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Has she had any coughing or sneezing?

Is it a clear watery discharge from her eyes?

Any gagging, retching, vomiting, lip licking, or diarrhea?

Any changes to her breathing?

Are her gums pink or pale/white?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No coughing or sneezing. Her gums are normal looking. She just lays in her normal sleeping position. I can pet her and she will look up at me if I say her name but she doesn't seem to have an appetite or want to go out...her normal morning routine.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Her eyes look rather normal now. Her breathing seems okay as well.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Thank you,

Now she isn't giving you a lot of clues to what is amiss. Still, if we have lethargy, appetite loss, and possible watery eye discharge; we'd be a wee bit concerned about a brewing upper respiratory tract infection. It is quite possible that these will be the only signs we see, if her immune system has this in hand but we could see those other signs I mentioned arise.

At this point, the mainstay of treatment is to let her rest but also tempt her to eat (since we want to make sure we get energy/nutrition into to fight this off). If she isn't keen on her normal food, you can offer something bland like boiled chicken, white fish, or even meat baby food (without garlic/onion). And if she sounds congested or wheezy, it can help to warm these up in the microwave before offering. While doing so, we also want to keep her drinking (which you can offer cat milk or flavor her water with low salt chicken broth) too.

Overall, your lass's signs are suggestive of a cat with a brewing infection that her immune system is fighting off. Therefore, we'd just want to monitor and use supportive care at this point to help that immune system. If you do so but she doesn't improve over this weekend, then we'd need to consider a check with her vet as antibiotics may be indicated to help her wee immune system.

All the best,

Dr. B.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you Doc. I will continue to monitor her and let her rest and try to tempt her with some food later. I'll also keep her drinking. I appreciate your help. I feel a bit relieved now.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

You are very welcome, my dear.

That sounds like a perfect plan of action.

All the best,

Dr. B.

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