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He is not eating/drinking and sounds like he is barking.

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he is not eating/drinking and sounds like he is barking. Could something be stuck in his throat?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Newton 10-1/2
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about newton?
Customer: no...he was a feral when we found him at just a few weeks old. This is all of a sudden and he has lost weight in the past 3 days
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

I am sorry to hear you are worried about Newton. How long has he been like this?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
about 3 days
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

If something were stuck in his throat, he would not be able to swallow, and would not be eating and drinking.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

If he is making an abnormal breathing noise, I would look in his mouth to see if his tonsils, throat, or vocal cords are inflamed or swollen.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok. I will see if he will let me look
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

I would take his temp to see if he has a fever, over 103. I would feel his lymph nodes for swelling.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
temp...how?
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

If you are not used to looking down his throat, you won't know where his tonsils are. Also, it often takes two (or more people) or a sedative to really examine a cat's throat. You take his temperature rectally, with a thermometer.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok. I will try to check his throat
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

Weight loss always worries me in cats. Cats tend to be secretive about being sick, and often have been sick longer than they have been letting on. Weight loss is a clue that this might be an illness of some time longer than a few days.

Be careful and do not get bitten!

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

I have been a veterinarian for 30 years, and usually need help looking down the throat.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He is not letting me look, not a fan of it!...i will have to have my husband help when he gets home.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

If you look at his gums, are they pink in color?

If you are not familiar with what a normal throat and tonsils look like, you may not be able to assess his.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

If he has something caught in his throat, he would not be able to even swallow his saliva, and he would be drooling a lot.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

An exam by a veterinarian, to feel his lymph nodes and internal organs, take his temp, look down his throat, etc. might be best.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

If he is not eating, he may be dehydrated. Try to get him to take some broth or tuna juice.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
His gums are not real pink...they look a little dark. He is not drooling...
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am sure he is dehydrated...I will try broth
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

If he is not drooling, he probably does not have anything stuck in his throat. His gums might be dark from normal pigment if he is a dark colored or black cat.

Try broth or tuna juice to get him hydrated. It sounds like he should see a veterinarian.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
he is dark
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I think we are going to take him tonight. he is very wobbly
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

Then his gum color may be normal.

If he is wobbly, I agree he should be checked out as soon as possible.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

Let me know how he is doing and if I can help with anything else.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok. Thank you so much!
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

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