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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Just recently, the last couple of weeks, she won't eat much,

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Just recently, the last couple of weeks, she won't eat much, not even the indoor dry food that she normally LOVES, or her treats that she loves. She will drink a little water, but only out of the faucet, not out of her water bowl. Please help, we LOVE our kitty, and we don't want to see her get sick. Thanx for your response.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the kitten's name?
Customer: The cat's name is ***** ***** is 6 years old, a domestic long hair, and we did get her from a very reputable animal shelter a while back. She is fixed, and microchipped.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Shadow?
Customer: Not really, except that she does have allergies, and when we got her they had just gotten over giving her meds for a small cold.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Shadow. Anorexia of a couple of weeks duration is serious, indeed. Anorexia, however, is a nonspecific and nondiagnostic sign in our cats. Please let me know if there are any other worrisome symptoms - conjunctivitis, sneezing/nasal discharge, coughing, increased respiratory rate or effort, vomiting, diarrhea, or lameness. I need you to check Shadow's vital signs for me, please...

1) Check her gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (cyanosis/hypoxia/lack of oxygen to her tissues).

2) Check her respiratory rate. She should be taking less than 30 breaths/minute while asleep or at rest.

3) Take her rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" 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.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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