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She is not eating and had a little bit of grey in her stool,

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She is not eating and had a little bit of grey in her stool
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Lilly and 10
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Lilly?
Customer: She is also drinking a lot of water but only peeing a little How much will this cost
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Cat
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Is someone there
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
She is also just laying around.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

1) When did she last eat normally?
2) Is the stool normal? Diarrhea? any blood?
3) What food has she been eating up until recently?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Okay
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
She last ate a couple days ago and her poop is not diarrhea.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Thanks for your reply. For some reason I did not receive notification, I apologize for the delay.

What food is she eating? canned? dry? any human food?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Both
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Human food, as well?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
She did eat old litter off of our basement floor too
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
We think she is constipated but not sure
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

The most common cause of grey stool is a problem with the liver, pancreas or gall bladder. The fact that she is not eating well and is 10 gives more than enough reason to seek having blood work done to determine if one of the aforementioned organs is not functioning properly. It is also common for cats who are not eating well over the 3 day mark to develop a condition known as fatty liver disease (hepatic lipidosis) which can result in liver failure.

If the litter she consumed was clay-based, this may also have contributed but the presence in the stool should have happened 24-48 hours after the consumption. If not, it's likely linked to something else.

Until you can have her seen, I would recommend trying pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. This may entice her to being eating again and, if so, you can slowly switch her back over to canned food and eventually kibble, as well. Her lack of eating may be due to nausea, and it won't hurt to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful.

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
It was just a little grey
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

If this happened after the litter consumption and it was clay, this may be the cause. Otherwise, you'll need to consider an underlying problem. There is a reason that she is not eating well, which may still be linked to an underlying condition. I would still recommend a visit to your vet and bloodwork.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Could it be a gas bubble?
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Very unlikely. It should have passed by now and gas does not change the color of stool.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
How would we know if what she has is life threatening
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
We also have had strangers in our house lately that threw her off and she was perfectly fine before that
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Taking her to your vet for blood work and an exam would be a good start to knowing if this is life-threatening. If the grey stool is related to an organ problem, then it very well could be life threatening. As well, her high volume of water consumption and small amounts of urine output could indicate a kidney problem. I cannot impress upon you heavily enough the need for a visit to your vet.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
She isnt drinking water now. Is there anything we can do today to help her
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

I would recommend following the steps as written above:

Until you can have her seen, I would recommend trying pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. This may entice her to being eating again and, if so, you can slowly switch her back over to canned food and eventually kibble, as well. Her lack of eating may be due to nausea, and it won't hurt to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. You will want to give 0.5mg/pound of body weight (a 10# ***** would receive 5mg, a 5# ***** would receive 2.5mg, etc). For this, you can visit any human pharmacy and buy the OTC brand name Pepcid, or you can use the cheaper, off-brand “famotidine” that’s available. Either will be useful.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

This should help settle her stomach if she's avoiding eating due to nausea. The foods recommended are also gentle on the stomach so, ideally, no vomiting will be seen and she will continue to eat well for you.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
We are taking her to the vet now. Do you honestly think its something that can be fixed
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

It depends on what is wrong. If she's in organ failure, there may be no fixing it. If you can tell me more once diagnostics are run, I can give you more information on whether or not treatment or a "fix" is available.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
The vet said that she was cold
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
They are putting her in an incubator
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Keep me apprised. I'll be near the computer. Hypothermia is not a promising sign.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
They think its kidney related because its enlarged
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Will they be doing blood work or an ultrasound?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Yeah they are.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Excellent news. I'll be standing by if you need more help.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Based on your experience do cats survive in this condition
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

If this is just kidney compromise, cats can live a long time with kidney issues. It depends on how progressed the illness might be.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Her kidney is enlarged. She was concerned with her condition too.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

The blood work and ultrasound should give them a good idea on whether or not her prognosis is poor.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
She didnt make it
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

I'm so sorry to hear this, JACustomer. It sounds like you did what you could to try to determine the cause. My greatest condolences.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
They put her in the incubator, and then she stopped breathing apparently. They tried CPR but that didnt help
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Sometimes whatever ails them is too far progressed for medicine to fix. The same happens with people too, I'm afraid.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
What could have caused it though
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Did they ever give you a confirmed diagnosis?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
They said kidneys
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Kidney cancer
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

If it was cancer, it was caused by an abnormal growth of cells within the organ. That is what caused the original concern. There is nothing that you or your family did incorrectly to have caused the situation. Cancer can take on many forms and can debilitate an animal quickly or slowly depending on the level of aggression.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
My fiance thinks its his fault
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
For not taking her in sooner. She started peeing all over the place and we just thought she was stressed
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 months ago.

Urination in the home can certainly be a sign of stress. And she could have gone to the vet sooner, but the cause of the cancer was not his own. Even if she had gone in days or weeks ago, the result was likely to be the same.