6 months old make kitty, lethargic, didn’t eat his dinner and diarrhea. This evening. Doesn’t seem to be but he’s just

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Customer: 6 months old make kitty, lethargic, didn’t eat his dinner and diarrhea
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did you first notice this decrease in the kitten's appetite?
Customer: this evening
JA: Does the kitten seem to be in any pain?
Customer: doesn’t seem to be but he’s just laying down not playing with his bonded pair sister
JA: What's the kitten's name?
Customer: Beans
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: not that i know of
Answered by VTErin in 11 mins 3 months ago
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Hello! My name is ***** ***** I have over 15 years of extensive experience in both a clinical setting and animal poison control. My areas of expertise are animal poisoning, cat and dog health, and cat behavior. I will be happy to assist you today!

I'll do my best to provide you with helpful information for any concerns you may have about your pet's health, but please keep in mind that in some cases, a visit to the vet is necessary for proper care. I apologize in advance if it takes me a bit of time to respond, I want to ensure I provide you with the most accurate and comprehensive information. Thank you for your patience!

  • I'm sorry to hear Beans isn't feeling well! When is the last time he ate?
He and his sister were fed their wet food dinner 2 hours ago. He may have had a few bites but it's all still sitting there which is unusual (they usual wish for more)

Did he eat this morning?

I wasn't home but I was told that he did, the plate was clean by lunch
He had some diarrhea yesterday evening where we needed to use a wipe on him to clean him up

Has he been behaving normally otherwise? Acting playful, etc?

Nope, he's just been laying down. I just got home 2 hours ago and he's walked around a little bit but has not played with his sister at all or run to the snack closet when he hears it open. Just laying in his bed

Any discomfort when you feel around his tummy?

He just let me feel all around his belly he didn't move

Any changes in diet recently? Or new treats he hadn't tried before?

Only thing I can think of. My father in law stayed with them Sunday and Monday. He accidentally fed them their treats as a meal instead of their dry food
a whole bag of treats for lunch on Sunday maybe

Oh no! That sounds like a possible culprit right there. Anyone is bound to have a bit of a sore stomach after so many treats. You haven't seen any vomiting, though?

No vomiting, when I can home he was laying down on floor and had a couple dry heave sounds

Thank you for answering all of my questions! Diarrhea is fairly common in a cat, and dietary changes are the most common cause of diarrhea. Generally an upset stomach that causes diarrhea (or even a little bit of vomiting) will resolve on its own at home after a couple of days. Frequent diarrhea can also result in small amounts of blood or mucus in the stool, and this is normal and nothing to worry about.

There are some steps you can take at home to help treat diarrhea. However, if you see large amounts of blood in the stool or the diarrhea is repeated and profuse, it is important to seek veterinary care. For mild cases, you can use an over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medication like Propectalin along with a probiotic like FortiFlora to help restore balance to Beans' gut bacteria. Both of these products can be purchased online.

If you're not seeing any response to the medications, or you start to see additional signs developing in Beans, that's when you want to get him in to be seen. Things like parasites are simple to treat, but can cause bouts of vomiting and diarrhea on a chronic basis if left untreated.

If you want to try a bland diet to help, plain boiled white chicken breast mixed with cooked white rice is a good home-cooked bland diet for cats. You can also get bland canned diets from your vet. Some vets will require a vet visit to obtain these, some will not.

Ok, we will try those things

It's important to note that a cat's liver does not break down body fat easily, and if a cat goes without eating for three or more days, they can develop liver damage. Anorexia in cats is always a serious matter and should be addressed immediately by a veterinarian. If Beans is not eating throughout tomorrow as well, then that is another indication that he needs to get in to be seen.

Perfect! Is there anything else you'd like to know or ask about this? I'm here to help!

Ok, we will monitor tomorrow, just let him rest and try to get him to eat? Important for fluids as well?

Yes, we do also want him getting water as well since he's losing fluids with the diarrhea. But don't force the issue. If he's not really drinking on his own you can try adding plain unflavored pedialyte to some wet food to get him some hydration, or add some chicken stock (not broth which will often contain onion and/or garlic) to either his food or his water to "flavor" it.

Ok sounds good

I'm glad I could be of help! If there are any changes in Beans' health, don't hesitate to reach out to me to follow up. I'm here to provide support and info, so just let me know if there's anything else I can do. Take care and good luck getting him on the road to feeling better!

Thank you!

You're welcome!

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