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My usual social cat has become very distant. He slept up

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Hi. My usual social cat has become very distant. He slept up stairs all day then when we went to bed, he was moaning, groaning and hissing at me. Which isn't like him at all
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the cat. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Yoda, 5
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about yoda?
Customer: He's rejecting tuna, he's currently in my wardrobe just laying on a pair of my pants. Every I touch his right side he will moan at me again. He hasn't attacked me but the noises he's making sound as though he will lash at any minute
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

Hello, My name is Terri.
It is my pleasure to assist you today!
I am reviewing your question right now and will reply in a few minutes.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
He's a Devon rex cat. Desexed, all up to date with vaccines and worming.He's just got up and stretched, and gone behind my wardrobe door in the darkness. ��
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

Happy new year,

Thanks so much for your very helpful reply.

Whenever a normally sweet, social cat becomes distant or stops eating, he is either he is either sick or in pain.

Feel all over Yoda's body for any pain response.

Look in his mouth for a stuck item, bad tooth, oral sore or any abnormalities. Check roof and under tongue

Take a rectal temp...normal is 100 - 102.5

Make sure he is able to urinate.

See if he will drink tuna water or milk

Let me know what you learn after inspecting him

I will stand by.....

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I don't have a thermometer to check. :( I is showing pain towards the back of his tummy. He just got up and stretched and didn't show any pain but if I touch him, doesn't matter where. He will growl
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
He's not showing any interest in the milk or tuna
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

What and when did he eat last?

Has he been to the litter today?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I have two cats and two litter boxes, so I wouldn't know.
I haven't seen him eat or drink today. He has been upstairs asleep on my bed when usually he's down stairs with us. I did notice he was eating quite a bit of grass yesterday. Then in his stools it was her black with a greenish fluid around it and strands of grass through it and also not in the litter tub, but in the laundry floor
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
My other cat however is acting normal. Though when she even looks at Yoda. He growls.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
When I came up to bed. They were in the bed together and basically had his bottom touching her side which is very unusual for him to be so close to her. We have had Yoda for 5 years and Matilda for 2. Matilda is a 4 year old Siamese.
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

Many times they eat grass to settle their tummy.

Does Yoda's tummy or pads feel hot?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Not hot as such. But quite warm
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
He hates his tummy being touched and would usually kick his back legs to get your hand away. But he just let me touch his tummy, sat up and moved away from me.
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

OK, he may have a fever. Apply a cold compress to his tummy and pads to try and bring it down.

The two issues that come to mind are:

1. a urinary blockage. That is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY where he needs to be seen immediately or his bladder could burst

2. pancreatitis...also needs vet care

Is there any chance he ingested tinsel or other non food items?

If he does not feel better after you bring his fever down he needs to go to the ER

PLEASE keep me posted on what is happening with him!


Customer: replied 8 months ago.
He has a thing for hair ties. When he was younger he use to eat hair ties and one day after eating some cat grass. He vomited about 13 hair ties!!
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

When was his last bowel movement?

When did he eat last?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Last eat, yesterday. And last bowel movement was also yesterday. On the laundry floor. Dark black with greenish fluids around it and grass
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
It's 3am here.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
a public holiday tomorrow ��
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

Oh dear, sounds like pancreatitis.

Lets keep him stable till a vet opens.

Bring down fever with cold compresses (not ice)

Offer him liquids and tinned food but no dry food.

Keep him in a dark, quiet room

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
What is pancreatitis? �� is it life threatening?!
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

its a painful inflammation of the pancreas treated with IV fluds and pain meds. he will need an fPLI test to diagnose.

CAN be life threatening....

IS there an ER vet open?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
There is. Roughly 30 minutes away
Expert:  Terri replied 8 months ago.

I would take him there........