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For two days my five year old male cat is sleeping a lot,

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For two days my...

For two days my five year old male cat is sleeping a lot, lethargic, not hungry, did eat some tuna an hour ago. do not see anything visibly wrong. indoor cat. he does not want attention as he is usually very affectionate. our urgent care hospital closes in two hours and debating on what to do. thanks.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the cat. What is the cat's name?

LongShanks

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the cat?

He came downstairs this evening but was only moving around for an hour and is back trying to sleep

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinarian. replied 6 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinarian. replied 6 months ago

Hello again Clint,

Sorry to hear Longshanks is unwell, hopefully this is something fairly minor, however I have worked out an answer for you below ...

1. Having read your question through I have to say that if these symptoms continue then what you should do just to be on the safe side is have a vet check your cat over sooner rather than later. The reason I say this is that while the symptoms you describe would not allow me or any other vet to pin this down to any one particular disease via the internet the fact that he is suddenly lethargic and does not want his food makes me think that it is possible that he is running a temperature and so may be in the grip of some kind of infection. This would be the commonest cause of what you are seeing in his age group although of course other diagnosis are also possible.

2. I normally like to suggest home remedies if I can do this safely but in your case I think it is not worth the risk as it could well be that prescription drugs such as antibiotics would be what is needed if he is indeed running a temperature. In the meantime until you can get your cat to a vet all you can do is to keep him comfortable and reassured and make sure he is getting fluids regularly.

3. However I should be available online for you the next four or five hours today so please do not hesitate to get straight back to me if Longshanks condition changes in any way or you would like to talk things over with me further.

Regards,

Dr Scott
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinarian. replied 6 months ago

Hello again,

I am just checking back in to see how Longshanks is getting on after our recent dialogue concerning his lethargy ...

Please get back to me and let me know how things are going.

Regards,

Dr Scott
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinarian. replied 6 months ago
Hi,

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

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