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what does it mean when your cat doesnt want to eat ...

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what does it mean when your cat doesn't want to eat its food and sleeps alot?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 10 years ago.

These symptoms may indicate a variety of illnesses or conditions. If your cat is older, these may be symptoms of diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or renal issues.

Inappetance and lethargy can also indicate infection in the system (viral, bacterial or fungal) or ingestion of a toxic substance. When a cat doesn't eat for only a short period of time, it can cause a liver condition called hepatic lipidosis, so your cat should be evaluated by the vet as soon as possible for a hands-on exam and routine bloodwork, urinalysis and fecal check, if necessary. Some cats won't eat if they have a dental problem like an infected or broken tooth or infection in the gums; the mouth is painful, so they won't eat. Excessive drooling might be an indication of a dental problem, also.

If your cat is male, he may have a urinary blockage, so if you haven't seen him urinate within the past 12 hrs., this could be a medical emergency. If he/she hasn't defecated in the past day, this too, could be the indication of an intestinal blockage, and is causing his lack of appetite and lethargy.

Because there are so many possibilities, it would be a good idea to have your cat seen by the vet today, for a definite diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

I hope all will be well!