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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 30386
Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Oh my cats not feeling good. Doesn't really want to eat like

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Oh my cats not feeling good. Doesn't really want to eat like he usually does. His tummy way down by his rear seemed a little tight. He can drink water. Something is wrong with his throat dry. Looks like his gums are white. Help me!!!
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Smokie about 11-13
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your cat?
Customer: He is wagging his tail trying to talk to me like his usually does. I pushed a bit on stomach he meowed. That may not be a thing. He hadn't had much activity last few days. He usually sleeps upstairs but has been sleeping down stairs. No exercise at all. I am getting ready to move home after a year of living in a small cabin. After a fire in out building. I was praying nothing would go wrong with my cats before I go home next Tuesday. I am freaking out now.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Smokie. The most worrisome symptom you mentioned (and the most life-threatening) is his white gums which indicate profound anemia. He needs the attention of his vet at your earliest convenenience. Such an anemia needs to be further defined as regenerative (he can replace the red blood cells he lacks) as might be seen with active bleeding such as with an anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning or nonregenerative which is seen with chronic inflammatory disease processes.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.