I have a 16 year old cat. A few days ago she completely stopped eating(that was also when the edge of the hurricane got

Expert's Assistant chatimg
Customer: I have a 16 year old cat. A few days ago she completely stopped eating(that was also when the edge of the hurricane got near us). She's drinking a lot and acting normal other than the not eating. Still moving around and talkative and uses the litter box to urinate about the same amount as when she was eating. She did have some yellow vomit 2 days ago.
Answered by Dr. Susan in 1 min 7 years ago
Dr. Susan
11+ years of experience

9,838 satisfied customers

Specialities include: Dog Veterinary, Cat Veterinary, Bird Veterinary, Large Animal Veterinary, Small Animal Veterinary

Hi, I can help you with your question today. Do you think she is drinking more than usual?

Somewhat, not tons more, but I would maybe say 2-4 oz more possibly.

Ok, there are many different conditions which could cause her to stop eating like this. They include pancreatitis, kidney disease, and diabetes mellitus (most animals start by eating more than usual, but can progress to anorexia if they become ketoacidotic).

I recommend having her evaluated by your regular vet tomorrow. I would start with a physical exam and blood work to check her major organ function including her pancreas. Hopefully these will be enough to get a diagnosis so that we can begin a targeted treatment plan for her.

Once we have the lab samples, your vet can also prescribe an appetite stimulant called mirtazapine to help her eat and get nutrition while we wait for the results of her tests.

Please let me know if you have further questions. I am happy to continue until I provide the service that you seek.

Thank you. I was thinking it may be something to do with her kidneys. I will schedule an appointment for her vet.
Read less
Dr. Susan
9,838 satisfied customers
11+ years of experience
Dr. Susan
+ years of experience

9838 satisfied customers



Licensed veterinarians

31,131 satisfied customers

Pearl avatar
Pearl Wilson, Veterinarian's Assistant
116 Veterinarians are online right now.
Related Veterinary Questions
I recently adopted a rabbit who I was told has wet tail.
Pet Specialist
8,403 Satisfied Customers
Ruby is a typically very friendly 10 year old fixed female
Denise Nelson
5,485 Satisfied Customers
There was blood in my bunny's cage and he isn't feeling well
Director of Animal Health
595 Satisfied Customers
Second opinion] My Bunny's but is wet and dirty from her pee
ER/ICU veterinarian
1,224 Satisfied Customers
I just adopted a 3 year old cat about 3 weeks ago. I leave
Dr. Kay
Pet Specialist
2,601 Satisfied Customers
How it works
logoAsk for help, 24/7
Ask for help, 24/7
Members enjoy round-the-clock access to 12,000+ verified Experts, including doctors, lawyers, tech support, mechanics, vets, home repair pros, more.
logoExpert will respond in minutes
Expert will respond in minutes
After you reach out, we match you with an Expert who specializes in your situation. Talk, text, chat, whichever you prefer.
logoSave time & money
Save time & money
No scheduling hassles, missing time from work, or expensive consults.
A JustAnswer membership can save you significant time and money each month.
Sarahesq and 87 other Veterinarian specialists are ready to help you.
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.
Why you’ll love JustAnswer
JustAnswer is the best way to get expertise on-demand from doctors, lawyers, vets, mechanics and more. Since 2003, we’ve helped more than 9 million people in 196 countries and have an A+ rating with BBB and a 9.6/10 rating with TrustPilot.
Highly rated, verified Experts
We pride ourselves in our 8-step verification process including license and credential checks. Vetted by us and rated by customers, like you.
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal ...leave nothing to chance.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
JustAnswer, Professional Services  General, San Francisco, CA
Google reviews
TrustPilot Reviews