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We have a 9 year old, male, neutered cat. He is an inside outside large tom cat. 4 Days ago I noticed he was not feeling well, some vomiting and extra sleepy. For the past 3 days he’s been hiding, has not eaten nor moved much. This morning we moved him to the kitchen to keep a better eye on him, he seems to be limping (I’m not sure if it’s an injury or just plain exhaustion). He’s awake, he tried to eat some wet food this morning and immediately threw it back up. I haven’t noticed his pottying habits.
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Peck, Cat Veterinarian replied 5 months ago
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Greetings, I’m Dr. Peck, a small animal veterinarian in general practice. Hopefully I might be of some help. One moment while I reply…

Disclaimer: This communication is for discussion purposes only. Without seeing an animal in person, a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship does not exist, and therefore I am unable to diagnose, prognose, or treat. Any comments made during discussion here are based on the information provided and are simply my thoughts regarding what I’d be considering were this type of case presented to me in person. The best recommendation for any veterinary-related concern is to seek veterinary assessment in person with your local veterinarian.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Peck, Cat Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

Does Max have a history of fighting with other cats in the neighborhood?

Any medications or other past medical concerns?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
he does have a history of fighting with other cats. I haven’t seen a bite or an abscess (that happen 2 years ago). No medications, only medical concern was the fight and infection he had 2 years ago. A round of antibiotics later and he was fine.
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Peck, Cat Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

Understood. A minute while I type some thoughts up...

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Peck, Cat Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

Just last week I saw a cat for anorexia and lethargy. No known fighting. Ran some bloodwork, nothing exciting found. That cat went into boarding with us while the owner was out of town. We were monitoring it very closely, including it's temperature as it had a mild fever (which came down after an antibiotic injection). After a couple days with us, with one of the cats temperature checks we noticed a ruptured abscess. This cat had been checked by multiple vets, techs, and assistants. I had discussed a concern about a cat bite with the owner at the initial visit. We couldn't find it until it abscessed and ruptured, even with daily checks. The point is - they can be hard to find initially as they are needle-like puncture wounds, until it festers. But, they can exhibit clinical signs before this point - such as poor appetite or even vomiting.

When you add in a cat that has a history of fighting and that is lame, I'd be assessing the limb that is lame very, very closely for any sign of an abscess. If this is found, or a fever is present on exam, I'd institute antibiotics.

If concerns are identified with the limb on palpation, x-rays might be suggested.

Finally, if exam is fairly unremarkable, given the vomiting checking some routine labwork (bloodwork and urinalysis), +/- abdominal imaging (x-rays, ultrasound), could all be justified depending on the attending vets clinical impression.

And, given a history of fighting, testing for FeLV/FIV viruses is indicated since he is appearing ill at this time.

For now, I'd withold his regular diet for 8-12 hours, offer some bland cooked chicken, and call your local vet to start with a physical examination. He might be fine with just an exam and an antibiotic / pain injection if a bite is suspected, or, other workup might be indicated as above. If I were to bet, I'd bet on a cat bite, but I very well could be wrong! The vomiting could be from many other possibilities (viral infection, foreign body, toxin ingestion, kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, etc. etc.).

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Peck, Cat Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

Let me know if you have any follow-up questions, simply write me back! I’ll reply as soon as I’m able. Otherwise, please be sure to kindly rate using the stars, so that I receive credit for helping with your question today (this is how professionals on this site are compensated for their time). Thanks! – Dr. Peck.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Great, thank you!
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Peck, Cat Veterinarian replied 5 months ago

You're very welcome! Let me know if have further questions, and don't forget to kindly rate using the stars! Thanks - Dr. Peck.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Peck, Cat Veterinarian replied 5 months ago
Hi Amy,

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

Samuel Peck
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