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Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
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He just lays around, will not jump up, eats little and all

Customer Question

he just lays around, will not jump up, eats little and all around sad
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the cat. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Sammy not sure how old 10 maybe
JA: How old is Sammy?
Customer: 10 or 11 he was a rescue
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Sammy?
Customer: he has had a bad cough for awhile
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Terri replied 10 months ago.

How long is Sammy like this?
What and when did he eat last?

Is he an indoor kitty?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
About a week, he ate very little yesterday and yes he is an indoor cat.
Expert:  Terri replied 10 months ago.

Thanks so much for your very helpful reply.

Please give me a few minutes to type detailed answer

Expert:  Terri replied 10 months ago.

It is possible Sammy has a sore throat and maybe a fever. Normal for a cat is 100- 102.

Rub a drop of honey into his gums.It will raise his blood sugar and also sooth his throat.

Drain the water from a can of tuna into a dish. See if he will lap it up for hydration. If he does offer some tuna.

You can add 250 mg of lysine to his water or use these:

Get a few jars of baby food chicken with no onion powder.Warm it to bring out the aroma in case he has difficulty smelling his food.

In addition, add one quarter of a 4 mg chlortrimeten to a tablespoon of baby food chicken or turkey with no onion or garlic.

Give it every 24 hours. It is very tiny so he will not detect it

Any of these are also acceptable:

Benadryl at a dose of 1/2 of a 25 mg tablet given twice daily or

Chlorpheniramine at a dose of 2-4 mg twice a day or

Claritin (Loratadine) at a dose of 2.5-5 mg/cat or

Zyrtec (cetirizine) 5 mg once or twice a day

It is important to ensure that the formulations used contain ONLY the antihistamine and are not combination products (e.g. Claritin-D contains pseudoephedrine, which could cause very significant adverse effects in a cat).

Please let me know how he is doing. Just reply here or if you prefer, we can speak on the phone.

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