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My 10 year old Siamese Tabby mix boy is shivering. He's

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My 10 year old Siamese Tabby mix boy is shivering. He's never done this before. He also had a loose stool earlier today. His meow is different. A little raspy maybe. I don't know he just doesn't seem right.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What sort of animal are we talking about?
Customer: Cat. Male , 1"
JA: OK. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Cat?
Customer: 10 years old , no other medical issues. Normal indoor healthy cat. Suddenly this shivering started tonight
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I had a typo in the phone number.(###) ###-####His name is*****'ve never seen or felt him shiver like this. I tried holding him with a blanket over him but he didn't stay. He usually stays on the bed with me, between my legs but tonight he went under the bed. Just nervous something will happen during the night.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 6 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not aid you sooner, but can you tell me:

How long has he had these signs?

Could he have eaten something he should not have (ie bones, toys, plants, chemicals, etc)?

Any gagging, lip licking, drooling or vomiting? Can he keep water down?

Are his gums pink or pale/white? Moist or sticky?

If you press on his belly, any discomfort, tenderness, or tensing?

Has he had any issues passing urine?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
It started last night. At least that's when I noticed it. He never eats things he shouldn't, unlike our other girl, lol. None of the other symptoms. He's drinking fine and not throwing up. He doesn't seem to have any tenderness in his belly. I didn't check his gums. He's sleeping now and I don't want to disturb him. He hasn't been shivering today. His meow seems back to normal. He still seems a little more sleepy than usual. I'm less worried now than I was yesterday but it was still quite unnerving since he'd never done that before.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 6 months ago.

Thank you,

Now while alarming, the shivering just tends to be a non-specific sign that they feel unwell or can be associated with fever. Though if that and his voice raspiness have passed, then it is possible that we just had a bit of a viral infection present (ie herpes virus) and that too could be why he is still a wee bit lethargic today. So, we'd want to monitor him generally (do keep an eye that he is passing urine normally, as that is an emergency issue for male kitties when they cannot do so) for the moment. As well, if he has any more loose stools, we can also consider trying him with a light diet option for a few days. Examples of an easily digestible diet include cooked boiled chicken, boiled white fish, scrambled egg, or meat baby food (as long as its free from garlic or onion powder). Ideally, we want to offer this as small frequent meals to keep the stomach settled. And if he is very runny, we can add a spoonful of canned pumpkin or 0.25tsp of Metamucil mixed into a bit of canned food to help firm that for Sam. Though again this just sounds like a viral infection and we'd hope that while he isn't doing much today, his immune system will be fighting this and getting him settled over the next 24 hours.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.


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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 6 months ago.

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

Dr. B.