My cat has been sleeping a lot more than usual. His mood is low and he does not want to play. Litter box behavior is

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Customer: hello, my cat has been sleeping a lot more than usual. His mood is low and he does not want to play. Litter box behavior is normal. He does not eat but will drink water. Also his fur is sticking up rather than smooth and silky.
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Customer: This has been going on for about 2 days
JA: What's the cat's name?
Customer: when I picked him up earlier he meowed at me twice. I am thinking he may have been shocked from chewing a cord around his water tank
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Answered by Dr. Rachel in 1 min 1 year ago
Dr. Rachel
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Hello, my name is***** and I have been a licensed veterinarian since 2007.  I'm sorry sorry to hear that your cat has been sleeping a lot and is not eating and his fur is sticking up. You mentioned that his litter box habits are normal - have you seen him urinate in the past couple of days?

How old is he? Any discharge from his eyes or nose? Any sneezing?

The litter box has a top so I am not too sure whether he has urinated. But he has been drinking water.
He's about 1.5 years ago. No discharge or sneezing.
I am sensing that he may have been electrocuted while chewing on wires that hooked up to his electric water bowl.

Okay, thank you. I would make sure he is urinating by taking the top off the litter box and checking every once in a while. I'm glad to hear he doesn't have any discharge or sneezing. Have you tried offering him canned food or something yummy he doesn't usually eat to get him to eat?

Okay will do. And yes I did go to the store earlier and pick up a different type of cat food thinking he would like it. No luck.

Ok. Do you think he would let you look inside his mouth to see if you see any signs of injury? One thing you could try is giving him some a tablet of 50 mg Dramamine in case something is causing him to be nauseous, which can cause him not to want to eat. I would give one tablet of Dramamine, wait an hour, and then offer him something like chicken flavored baby food to eat, and see if he goes for that.

If he's not eating by tomorrow morning, I would take him to the vet. Cats that go more than a few days without eating can develop a life-threatening liver problem called hepatic lipidosis, so we want to get him eating. The vet will want to treat him with some fluids under the skin and an appetite stimulant, and possibly do some blood work after they do an exam.

Aw okay thank you. I will try to look in his mouth. He is an inside cat, usually playful and energetic so these signs were pretty alarming. I will try my best to get him to eat and watch over his litter box as well.

Ok, that sounds like a good plan. I hope he starts eating soon!

Thank you for your help !!

You're very welcome, best of luck!

Is it possible he may have a fever?

Yes, it's possible that is why he is lethargic. The vet will take his temperature.

I had a damp cloth on him for a while. That must've helped with the fever he is more alert and finally ate :)

Hi, I'm so glad he ate! How is he doing today?

He is starting to act like himself again. Talking a bunch and playing with our kitten. Tomorrow seems promising for his full recovery!
You are awesome

Aw thank you, ***** *****'m so happy to hear he is doing better!

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