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She is acting normal...

She is acting normal but is not interested in food or treats. I noticed yesterday that she was not eating her treats. She nibbled in one that was all. She always eats treats. She is drinking water. Ate dry catnip. Indoor cat. 2 years old. My best friends Cat just had the same problem. But after 5 days was fine.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. The Expert will know if the cat will be able to digest that. What is the cat's name?

Kalani

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Kalani?

No always has been healthy. She was just grooming herself.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Cat
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Cat Vet: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 7 months ago
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Cat Vet: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 7 months ago

Have there been any changes to the diet? New food, including a change of flavors or protein source within the same brand? New treats? Bones? Has any human food been fed? Torn up toys or trash? Stressful changes to the environment?

Any vomiting or diarrhea?

When did she last eat normally?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I changed the food flavor of her brand two weeks ago. They were out of flavor I usually use. She ate it fine. The next day I went to another store, bought the normal one and mixed to together. She has been eating that for two weeks.
No new treats.
No human food
No bones.
No trash or toys or plants.
No vomit or diarrhea.
Last ate normal.
Saturday morning.
Cat Vet: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 7 months ago

Here are my concerns: When cats begin not eating their liver suffers the effects. This can result in a condition known as Fatty Liver Disease (aka Hepatic lipidosis) which can result in liver failure if not addressed. More info here: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2135&aid=217 I would schedule some diagnostics at this time. Bloodwork to look at the liver values would be wise, but also to determine on the blood work if there are any additional concerns which might have originally been the cause of not eating. We can see medical concerns like liver disease, pancreatitis, kidney disease, bladder infections, periodontal disease, etc. all contribute to not eating in any age of cat.

Failing this, I can give you some steps to take at home to help your companion’s stomach feel better. However, if you do not see a marked improvement from your pet or you see worsening of symptoms, they absolutely must be examined by a veterinarian. Her lack of eating indicates that she is likely nauseated and approaching her care by calming her stomach and then offering a bland diet may help greatly.

The first step is to administer a dose of regular pepcid (famotidine) every 12-24 hours. This should help with GI symptoms. 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. If your companion is avoiding taking medication, you will likely need to using a pilling technique like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P6NfbxeLX0 (this video is of a dog as it shows the finer details of how to complete the action, this method can be used in dogs, cats and other mammals needing oral medications). [Note: once symptoms have resolved for at least 48 hours, discontinue the famotidine.]

2 hours following a dose of famotidine, the time needed for the medication to begin working, you can offer a bland diet. To make the bland diet, you’ll combine white or brown rice, boneless, skinless chicken breast and sufficient water for cooking in a stock pot (note: if your companion is allergic to chicken you can use a protein source they can have such as ground turkey, a filet of salmon, etc). Boil on medium until it turns to mush and the breast is easily flaked. To avoid nausea, start with small amounts to begin with and offer the amount every 2-4 hours. A few teaspoons to start is typically sufficient and you can work your way up every 2-4 hours in incremental increases until you’re sure no vomiting will be seen. If your companion requires a more palatable food, try adding in pureed baby food in chicken, turkey and similar flavors. Avoid those that contain onion or garlic in the ingredient panel. Work up to feeding exclusively until at least 3 days following the resolution of symptoms. After this, work on slowly switching back to the regular food that your companion typically eats over 10 days. My recommendation is a 10% switch every day. Day 1: 10% new food, 90% old food; Day 2: 20% new food, 80% old food; Day 3: 30% new food, 70% old food, etc. This slow switch process should minimize any risk of GI upset from changing food.

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Cat Vet: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 7 months ago

Checking in. How is Kalani doing today?

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