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my cat has not eaten or drank in the last 4 days. she only

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my cat has not eaten or drank in the last 4 days. she only wants to lay down.
she has not used the litter box except to urinate once per day.she doesn't like to walk and seems to have discomfort in her back end. she has not vomited and is alert
Submitted: 5 years ago via PetPlace.
Category: Cat
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.

CriticalCareVet :

Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

CriticalCareVet :

Is she an indoor only cat?

CriticalCareVet :


CriticalCareVet :

At all - even a little or NO food at all over this time?


indoor cat


has not eaten at all or drank


indoor cat. has not eaten or drank at all

CriticalCareVet :

There are many reasons why a cat will not eat - some as simple as general stomach upset or a viral infection, not uncommon in cats - but there can be more serious problems such as organ issues (kidney or liver) or even a blockage in the intestines.

If the signs continue, I would recommend going to the veterinarian for an evaluation.

The reason we become concerned with a history such as this is that cats that do not eat, regardless of the underlying cause - can get secondary liver problems, (fatty liver disease - medical term for this is hepatic lipidosis) LINK HERE

Bloodwork such as a chemistry panel (LINK HERE) is very important to start with in these cases.

In these cases we try to keep them hydrated and improve nutrition.

Options considered include:

- Small amounts of water or diluted pedialyte for hydration and electrolytes (LINK HERE).

- A calorie dense nutritional supplement such as nutrical (LINK HERE)

- Another option would be baby food. This should not have any ingredients such as garlic or onion.

If there is no underlying cause for the signs reported following evaluation and testing, other therapy to speak to your veterinarian about would be an appetite stimulant:

Options would include:

1) Remeron (LINK HERE)

2) Cyproheptadine (LINK HERE)

But in these cases, having this evaluated and being proactive is important as the secondary liver changes from not eating, regardless of the true, underlying cause can be as bad as the possible underlying cause itself.

I hope this information is helpful!

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