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This began 4 days ago (5/29/18) I have an old cat (18yo) and…

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Hi. This began 4 days ago (5/29/18) I have an old cat (18yo) and for the past 4 days he's eaten nothing. Also, he's drinking tons of water and then vomiting it all back up a few hours later. He cries a lot, more than usual. I thought maybe he ate something outside likesome weeds or even rat poison! Any idea what these symtoms could be?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Did you see what the cat ate?

No. But I know he eats plant things. But it's never harmed him before.

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

Like what?

Submitted: 2 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

Regretfully, anorexia and polydipsia (increased thirst) are danger signs for quite a few disorders. They include the following:

renal (kidney) insufficiency (very important at his advanced age)

hepatic (liver) insufficiency

urinary tract infection involving the kidneys

diabetes mellitus (polyphagia/increased hunger is also seen)

Cushing’s disease/hyperadrenocortisolism (polyphagia/increased hunger is also seen)

hyperthyroidism (polyphagia/increased hunger is also seen)

hypercalcemia (increased serum calcium level often seen with lymphoma, a negative prognosticator in renal insufficiency, and primary hyperparathyroidism)

electrolyte (sodium, potassium, chloride) imbalances

Addison’s disease (hypoadrenocortisolism)

diabetes insipidus

brain tumor involving the hypothalamus

His vet will need to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of fasted (for at least 4 hours prior to a blood draw; never restrict water, however) blood and urine tests in order to clarify what those symptoms are signifying. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
the best way to narrow this down is a blood test?
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

Yes, a complete physical exam + blood and urine tests are essential. You'll know within 24 hours if he can be helped. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
OK thanks
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin
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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Contacting you was a last-gasp effort for hope. But I had to put him down last week.
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

My condolences for your loss. I appreciate your taking the time to let me know. You may receive an inappropriate follow-up from the site ostensibly sent by me. It wasn't and I apologize in advance should you receive it.

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