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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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My cat is 8 months old & normally very playful and cuddly.

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My cat is 8 months old & normally very playful and cuddly. Since he woke up mid afternoon he has been hiding from us as if he is scared, lethargic & his left eye doesnt open all the way unless he hears a sound that startles him. Should I be concerned?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Figaro's eye concerns me because his blepherospasm (squinting) indicates pain. Does he associate with other cats who may have scratched the eye? Is there evidence of his being in a cat fight which may have resulted in his being bitten and he's now febrile?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Figaro is an inside cat and our only one so no exposure to others. He was fine til his nap then woke up this way. Could it be an insect bite?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the additional information. An envenomation should cause inflammation. Do you see swelling associated with his left eye when compared to his right?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No swelling that we can tell. He didnt pull away in pain as I massaged both sides either. He just let me feel around.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you. In general, eyes should be attended to by his vet at your earliest convenience if only because they can "go south" in a hurry. Please take a good look at his eye - do you see any clouding of the eye as compared to his right one? If so, it could indicate corneal trauma or uveitis (inflammation of the iris and its attachments).

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No it still looks clear and dilates the same when he opens wide. If his eye wasnt a concern, what should we be concerned with? He is still lethargic & pulls away from us
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Inappetence is a significant red flag. The usual symptoms of illness - sneezing, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, lameness, increased respiratory rate, fever - would help us localize what's going on with Figaro. Because we have veryl ittle in the way of a track record, "watchful waiting" is appropriate at this time. Will you be home with him today?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Im home with him...I was just holding him and he has this vibration almost like the chills. It comes & goes about every 10 to 15 seconds. Could he have a cold?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Cats can contract cold-like infections - usually due to the feline herpesvirus rather than cold viruses. His "chills" may indicate fever. You can take his rectal temperature with any body thermometer placed 1.5" into his rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 100.5-102.5F. This is a two person job!

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