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Cat is not eating...

Cat is not eating suddenly and sleeping all the time since Monday night. Not drinking water either.

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 Cat. What is the Cat's name and age?

He is named Kermit. He is 5. He has a little bit of discharge from one eye. I think he might have eaten something or injured himself, got some poison or scratched his eye.

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

He has a normal routine and since yesterday morning he has done none of it. He ate the food from my hand, but doesn't want to get up.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

I am very sorry to see that you have not received a response to your initial question before now. I just came online and found that your question had not been addressed. How is your companion at this time? Any vomiting? Have there been any changes to the diet? New food, including a change of flavors or protein source within the same brand? New treats? Bones? Has any human food been fed? Torn up toys or trash? Stressful changes to the environment? Addition of medication?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
He is the same. He has had no changes to food or treats. He ate about a handful of treats and a small sip of water this morning. He can barely walk. He finally went to his litter box just now, but could barely walk to get there. No vomiting. He went in the yard on Monday and a cat did scratch him. People are treating their yards so I am afraid that cat may have had pesticides on his paws. We are going to try to be worked into the nearby Vet this morning.
Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

How long has he been without normal amounts of food now? Did this all start this past Monday?

Do you know when Kermit last had a full bloodwork panel performed?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Monday is when it started. About a year since tests done.
Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

Here are my concerns: When cats begin not eating their liver suffers the effects. This can result in 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 do think you're taking the right steps in having Kermit examined and to also 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 not eating. We can see medical concerns like liver disease, pancreatitis, kidney disease, bladder infections, periodontal disease, etc. all contribute to not eating in any age of cat. Also, if he has outdoor access, there will be an increased concern for conditions like feline aids and feline leukemia which can be transmitted from other cats to him with direct contact.

If you do have to approach this from home as they cannot see him today, I can give you some steps to take at home to help your companion’s stomach feel better. However, if you do not see a marked improvement from your pet or you see worsening of symptoms, they absolutely must be examined by a veterinarian. If you need help finding a location that can see your pet (even just to keep on hand), I can help. I’ll need you to provide your location as the website does not give us this.

It often helps to give medication to calm the stomach and a bland diet with higher fiber a few hours later once the medication has been given time to work. This can help to reduce the instance of nausea/vomiting, restore/improve the appetite, avoid or address changes in the stool, help to move ingested items through the GI tract, etc.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. This should help with GI symptoms. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful. If your companion is avoiding taking medication, you will likely need to using a pilling technique like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P6NfbxeLX0 (this video is of a dog as it shows the finer details of how to complete the action, this method can be used in dogs, cats and other mammals needing oral medications). [Note: once symptoms have resolved for at least 48 hours, discontinue the famotidine.]

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make the bland diet, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot (note: if your companion is allergic to chicken you can use a protein source they can have such as ground turkey, a filet of salmon, etc). Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. To avoid nausea, start with small amounts to begin with and offer the amount every 2-4 hours. A few teaspoons to start is typically sufficient and you can work your way up every 2-4 hours in incremental increases until you’re sure no vomiting will be seen. If your companion requires a more palatable food, try adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. Work up to feeding exclusively until at least 3 days following the resolution of symptoms. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats over 10 days. My recommendation is a 10% switch every day. Day 1: 10% new food, 90% old food; Day 2: 20% new food, 80% old food; Day 3: 30% new food, 70% old food, etc. This slow switch process should minimize any risk of GI upset from changing food.

If he's avoidant of the bland diet, try just the pureed baby food and also try kitten milk replacer.

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.

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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

Checking in. How is your companion doing today?

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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago
Hi,

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

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