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Cher, Feline Specialist
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Experience:  Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
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My cat is 22 years old. She did not eat today. Her only medical

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My cat is 22 years old. She did not eat today. Her only medical problem is a arthritis and immobility. She has started gasping for air. She is also purring.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 2 years ago.
Hello, and welcome!
My name is ***** ***** it will be my pleasure to help you and your kitty today.
I'm so sorry velvet has you worried.
The fact that she has reached the age of 22 is a testament to the great care you're giving her! : )
Her current symptoms of not eating and gasping for air are of great concern. When a cat doesn't eat, even for a short period of time, she risks developing a serious liver condition called hepatic lipidosis. The only treatment is to get her eating again. Purring can be a sign of contentedness, but cats will also purr to 'self-soothe' when they're not feeling well.
The gasping may indicate any number of respiratory or cardiac issues, so the best thing for you to do at this time, is to bring Velvet to an ER vet so she can be evaluated in person, diagnosed and treated.
Right now, there's not much you can do for her at home, unfortunately.
Please try to have her seen asap, tonight, and let me know what the vet tells you and how she's doing. Thanks!
I hope all will be well with your Velvet!
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Warmest regards,
Expert:  Cher replied 2 years ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Velvet. How is everything going?