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I have a Veterinary question.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
I am a veterinarian; what is your question?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have a yellow tabby 13 years old. He has stopped eating and drinking. Took him to the vet yesterday. Took blood tests and an x ray of bowel. He doesn't have a blockage, and all blood work says everything is working as it should. They did rehydrate him. They think he might have arthritis but he doesn't act like he is in pain. But he still won't eat or drink or use the litter box.
What are we missing?
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for that information.
Do you have a copy of the blood tests you can share with me? It would help to know what his actual numbers are, and what was (and was not) tested for.
Cats stop eating for many reasons: pain, internal illness, hormone dysfunction. A blood test panel does not test for everything; for instance a cat with cancer can have totally normal blood tests.
Xrays tell us a lot, but other imaging such as ultrasound can be needed if Xrays are normal, but something is clearly wrong.
Until you find out his problem, there are appetite stimulants that might help like mirtazapine or cyproheptadine. These are by prescription, so you would get them from your veterinarian.
Let me know what else I can help with.