Cat Veterinary

Have Cat Questions? Ask a Cat Vet Online.

Ask a Cat Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Cat Veterinary

We have a 9 year old tabby. He is usually kind of lazy but…

Customer Question
We have a 9...

We have a 9 year old tabby. He is usually kind of lazy but has a good appetite. For the last couple of weeks, I have noticed he is not eating much of his dry food and much of it ends up on the floor around his dish. He drinks water and will eat some of his wet food but he is definitely off. He seems listless and somewhat sad.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the tabby. What is the tabby's name?

Charlie

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

Not really, he is the only pet in the home and he never goes outside due to not having front claws. okay

Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
it crossed my mind that maybe it is his teeth? He still eats most of his wet food so I thought maybe the dry food is too difficult or makes it painful to chew....
Answered in 1 hour by:
1/5/2018
Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 1 month ago
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 10,489
Experience: 15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
Verified

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 1 month ago

It sounds like you've hit the nail on the head. Very commonly when we see cats eating and drinking softer items well but avoiding harder foods there's a strong indication of potential for periodontal disease to be present. It would also be wise to go forward with having bloodwork performed at his age as reduction in food volume can cause a condition known as Fatty Liver Disease (aka Hepatic lipidosis) which can result in liver failure if not addressed. More info here: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2135&aid=217 I would schedule some diagnostics at this time. Bloodwork to look at the liver values would be wise, but also to determine on the blood work if there are any additional concerns which might have originally been the cause of reduction in eating. We can see medical concerns like liver disease, pancreatitis, kidney disease, bladder infections, periodontal disease, etc. all contribute to changes in eating, regardless of the age of the cat.

At home, you can also offer KMR and pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. This may help to keep his caloric intake up whilst waiting for a veterinary appointment with your vet. The sooner he can be seen the better.

I hope this information has been helpful. I will be standing by if you have other questions. Let me know if I can help further. Also, before signing off today, please take the time to use the star rating system at the top of the page to leave a rating for me (bottom of the page if using the app). A 5-star rating is appreciated as top notch answers are my focus. If you feel you have received anything less, please reply so that I may help until you’ve received the assistance you need. Until you issue a rating, the website will not compensate me for helping you. You will still be able to chat with me even after issuing a rating at no further charge on this thread.

I will also check in with you over the next few days to be sure you don’t need any additional assistance. If you would like to request me in the future for pet-related questions, you can do so by accessing this page: http://www.justanswer.com/pet/expert-pitrottmommy/?rpt=3800

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 1 month ago

Checking in, JACustomer. How is your companion doing today?

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask PitRottMommy Your Own Question
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 10,489
10,489 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue

PitRottMommy is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Cat Veterinarian

3,928 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

4,753 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

4,473 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

3,998 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Cat Veterinarian

3,557 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew

Cat Veterinarian

3,072 satisfied customers

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Deb

Dr. Deb

Cat Veterinarian

2,883 satisfied customers

I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.

< Previous | Next >

Related Cat Veterinary Questions
What are the symptoms for kidney problems in papillions. i
what are the symptoms for kidney problems in papillions. i have chester who weighs 13 lbs. and he will be 4 in may. last year he had some crystals but wasn't a problem… read more
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,928 satisfied customers
My cat was diagnosed with kidney failure early stage. four
my cat was diagnosed with kidney failure early stage. four months later I noticed she hadn't pooped in 3 days I took her to the vet. The x-ray showed she was constipated. They treated her with iv flui… read more
Sheree HughesIrwin
Sheree HughesIrwin
D.V.M.
38 satisfied customers
Need advice as to best dry food and wet food for 3 year old
Need advice as to best dry food and wet food for 3 year old healthy female cat I just adopted. A petite 6.5 lbs. … read more
CalCatDoc
CalCatDoc
veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
402 satisfied customers
My cat had terminal kidney disease and a heart murmur. She
My cat had terminal kidney disease and a heart murmur. She was 17. She went into a severe arching of the back and stopped breathing. Her eyes were openb with the pupils fixed and dilated. We thought s… read more
Sheree HughesIrwin
Sheree HughesIrwin
D.V.M.
38 satisfied customers
Our cat is 18 years old has kidney troubles ,a runny nose
Hi, our cat is 18 years old has kidney troubles ,a runny nose and has developed a swelling in his cheek. I'm thinking we have an abcessed tooth. I can't get him to the vet until Wednesday as we are on… read more
Dr. Nicole
Dr. Nicole
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
537 satisfied customers
She has chronic IBD, acute pancreatitis and Kidney disease.
She has chronic IBD, acute pancreatitis and Kidney disease. She's been on prednisolone for years but has this bad flare up of pancreatitis and her kidney creatine level is very high. I was wondering i… read more
Dr. Jo
Dr. Jo
Veterinarian
BA
1 satisfied customers
Constipated 8 year old cat with tiny kidneys, on Science
Constipated 8 year old cat with tiny kidneys, on Science Diet K/D & Laxatone 3x daily. Is enema all that can be done? How about long term? She has delicate stomach from life on the street and has had … read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,557 satisfied customers
My 14 year old russian blue has thyroid and kidney problems.
my 14 year old russian blue has thyroid and kidney problems. What is the best diet for her? … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
10,489 satisfied customers
O have a 15 year old cat with diarrhea. She is in kidney
Hi, o have a 15 year old cat with diarrhea. She is in kidney failure and has thyroid issues. She is still rapidly losing weight and has had diarrhea for probably 3 weeks now. She is on FortiFlora once… read more
Terri
Terri
Healthcare/behavior specialist
Private
21,881 satisfied customers
My cat has kidney disease and eats prescription food and a
My cat has kidney disease and eats prescription food and a little while after eating he then he barf up some food sometime liquid and food at the same time I don't know wath to do can u help me please… read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,557 satisfied customers
She has been diagnosed with kidney failure. She was
she has been diagnosed with kidney failure. She was overweight & now is skinny The vet recommended the Hills kidney care cat food, but she doesn't like tat, but she loves real Tuna & will eat that. I'… read more
Dr. John
Dr. John
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
5,051 satisfied customers
My cat has kidney disease and IBS. We have treated him with
My cat has kidney disease and IBS. We have treated him with prednisolone for over a year and are trying to wean him off. He has been on 0.7 ml for over a year... how long should I take to taper him of… read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,753 satisfied customers
She has chronic kidney disease. Two days ago she was eating
She has chronic kidney disease. Two days ago she was eating and drinking, but beginning yesterday, she hasn't eaten much on her own, and just stands over her water bowl. I've been giving her water tod… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
10,489 satisfied customers
My 8 year old cat was diagnosed last Sat with Kidney Failure
My 8 year old cat was diagnosed last Sat with Kidney Failure with Anemia. He had been perfectly fine, but over the week before I took him, I noticed him leaving food in his bowl (very unusal for him) … read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,753 satisfied customers
15 year old cat with kidney disease and hyperthyroidism was
15 year old cat with kidney disease and hyperthyroidism was given mirtazipine on Saturday as an appetite stimulant. He was being to refuse most appropriate foods and has wasting away so quickly, the v… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
My cat was diagnosed with acute kidney failure today. This
my cat was diagnosed with acute kidney failure today. This came on quite sudden. We can't afford the suggested IV therapy and I'm hoping to find an alternative. We aren't sure of the cause. He is 10 a… read more
Dr Aaron
Dr Aaron
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
610 satisfied customers
I think he has kidney renal failure. Has lost a lot of
I think he has kidney renal failure. Has lost a lot of weight. Doesnt eat as much dry food as he used to and has be vomiting foamy liquid. I just watched him gorge on water and then vomit it right bac… read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,557 satisfied customers
Are there better food options for cats with kidney stones?
Are there better food options for cats with kidney stones ? She hates the Hills food and has lost weight... … read more
Brittany Hale
Brittany Hale
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
12 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x