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My male cat is not eating or drinking.
, He is about 11

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Customer: my male cat is not eating or drinking.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: He is about 11 years old, and he is not active at all.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.

Hi there, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with cats and dogs. I'm sorry to hear that your kitty has been ill. I will do my best to help.

How long has he not been eating? Is he still drinking?

Anorexia (not eating) in a cat is the most vague sign that they can possibly show, meaning that it can be caused by just about any disease imaginable. It could be something simple that would pass on its own like a stomach virus or a dietary indiscretion (I ate something that didn't agree with me), however, it could also be a sign of a more serious disease like kidney failure, diabetes, a urinary obstruction, or cancer among many many other things. If anorexia is the only sign that you're seeing, unfortunately it doesn't give us much to go on when considering a diagnosis. If he's gone more than 24 hours without eating on his own and he appears to be visibly sick, then my suggestion would be to have him to the vet as soon as you're able for a full physical exam so that they can get to the bottom of what's going on for you. I wish that I could be of more help, but in this case there are just too many diseases that could be going on for me to know what's happening in this venue. Please let me know what other questions I can answer for you.

~Dr. Sara


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