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My cat won't eat drink or move around he's threw up but

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My cat won't eat...

My cat won't eat drink or move around he's threw up but won't go to the bathroom and he's got large buldge under his neck and on all 4 legs he can hardly move around I can't afford vet care I've tried to make him eat and drink but not much success what's wrong with my poor baby

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did your cat eat anything unusual?

He's been trying to eat toilet paper for the last several months and even eating his own hair and bits of cat litter

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the cat's name?

Daniel

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Daniel?

I don't know I just don't want him to die cause he won't eat drink or go potty

Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
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Hello. My name is***** and I am a veterinarian that can answer your question. I understand Daniel has vomited and is not eating or moving well. I am sorry to hear about these problems. Can you please tell me about how old is Daniel?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
He was born in 2006
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I can't afford that right now I just need to see if there's anything I can do to help prevent him from dying yet
Cat Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

No problem. He is about 11 years old, which means he could have a few different possible causes of intestinal disease, kidney problems, or pancreas inflammation. Over-the-counter treatment to help decrease nausea can consist of Pepcid. The dose for a 10 lb cat would be 2.5 mg (i.e. 1/4 tablet) every 12 hours. You may also want to give a calorie supplement such as Nutrical, which is available at most pet stores. This will help keep nutrition while you are working to decrease nausea with the Pepcid.

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Cat Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
If we can't get him to open his mouth any suggestion we can't pick him up it makes him convulse and can't breathe and what not
Cat Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

Sometimes grinding the tablet and mixing with a liquid will make it easier to give with a syringe. Otherwise, see if he has a natural interest in the Nutrical supplement. Cats tend to like it because it is sweet.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
If I can't get him anything til the 26th is there anything med wise that I have that can help him
Cat Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

I may not understand the question. Are you referring to February 26th? There are some over-the-counter medications like Pepcid or Zantac that you can give, but that is about all of the medication options that are safe and available. Nutrical is the calorie supplement.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I won't have money til the 26th I only have pepto and fiber supplements here
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I got him eating some wet food he just wouldn't touch it from the fridge
Cat Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

Unfortunately, Pepto is not safe for cats because it contains an ingredient similar to aspirin. There are limited over-the-counter options for cats because of the way medications are metabolized. A fiber supplement such as psyllium will be safe, but it will not help to reduce nausea. Pepcid and Zantac are the best options. You will also want to try various canned food options to keep his interest. In this situation, foods like Friskies or Whiskas may be of interest to him.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
He ate a few bites and started screaming
Cat Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

It sounds like he is feeling pain. You will want to focus just on giving Pepcid or Zantac for right now. This will help to decrease nausea and pain and then slowly introduce food after 12-24 hours.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
A friend is telling me I should just let him die my wanting to help him isn't right
Cat Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

The problem is he will not likely die naturally for a long time. It will be drawn out at this rate and he will not be feeling comfortable. His underlying condition may be a simple intestinal cramping and not anything that requires euthanasia. It is not comfortable, but it can be cured in certain cases.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
can he be constipated he's went number one and had one bowel movement a few days ago but no more bowel movements since then
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
But would that explain the big buldged on his neck and legs that's the part I don't understand
Cat Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

He likely is not having a bowel movement because he is not eating normally. He should be making multiple trips to the litter box if he is feeling constipated. A bulge on the neck and legs would require an examination to figure out the cause. I would want to look for enlarged lymph nodes. Are you able to send a picture so I can see where on the body this is located? You can attach a picture by clicking on the paperclip icon on the toolbar.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
The buldges are soft they aren't hard so I don't know if they can. Be tumors or if its something that has to do with why he's not going potty or anything just laying around he can move a little bit but not much I have to carry him but I assume it hurts bad cause he starts crying loud but I rub his back and it helps settle him down
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
He's also drooling and seems his nose is runny some
Cat Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

The bulge in this picture looks like it is under the left arm pit. I am not able to see a bulge on the neck exactly. If it is solitary and able to be felt as a separate structure from the rest of the body then the bulge could be a tumor. If it appears to be a generalized swelling then I would be concerned about edema. If this same bulge is located under the jaw then I would be more concerned about an enlarged lymph node. I am not able to see it from this picture.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
It more or less feels like his body is dropping down you know how old people get flabby as they get older and there skin starts sagging that's what it feels like
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
His companion is older she's got a saggy stomach from being fixed and has a slight sag under her chin area but nothing like Daniels
Cat Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

I can appreciate that. If this occurred suddenly then the primary concern would be edema. Is it possible this is an abscess? Does he go outside or possibly got into a fight with another cat? Are these areas painful to the touch?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
It started approximately3 days ago but I was able to get him to at least eat drink water and pre but as of today its been hardly anything
Cat Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

Are these swellings painful?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
He doesn't go outside and yeah he used to play with his kids and wife cat but he doesn't scream when u touch the puffed areas only when u pick him up
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I get abscesses all over me everyday but I never thought it could be passed down to my cat/s if that's what's going on
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I was told I only had to pay a 5 dollar refundable fee too get advice but you guys took well over 30 I needed that for my rent and I need it back by Monday
Cat Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

I will opt out and let customer service help you regarding the charges.

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