Post # 1
Our cat has seemed weird for a few days. It started with me not really noticing much poop in his box and then I realized that his food supply hasn’t really decreased (he has one of those self feeder things). It also appears that he hasnt really touched his water. His coordination has been kind of wacky these last few days and he seems to be kind of lethargic. We just got home and his breathing was pretty heavy for a few seconds (it’s fine now). He just seems kind of out of it and unlike himself. We’re planning on taking him to the vet tomorrow if he doesn’t seem any better but I’m curious if we should be really concerned about it tonight and make the trip to the emergency vet clinic (aka $100 fee for just waking through the door).
Anyone with experience? Any advice?
Post # 3
@UpstateCait: I’m not a vet but we’ve been through some stuff with our cats so maybe I can offer some advice. Are there any other signs of him being sick? Snotty nose, gooey eyes or ears? Does he cry when you touch/gently squeeze his tummy or other places? Litter box habits? How old is he?
Post # 4
aww I don’t know much about pet health but I hope your kitty gets better soon…
Post # 5
I’d take him to the er- he could have a blockage which is really dangerous.
Post # 6
@UpstateCait: Poor kitty 🙁 I don’t have experience but I hope it’s just a cold or allergies and nothing serious!
Post # 7
Our kitty had similar symptoms when she got sick. See if you can get him to eat a little tonight or drink through a syringe…you can get them free at the pharmacy. Does he like wet food? See if he will eat that or some tuna. I would wait to take him to the vet in the morning after trying these and seeing if they work. This way you might have more accurate info for the vet.
Post # 8
Does his tummy look distended, bloated, or firm to the touch? Is it tender? Has he been throwing up at all?
I know how terrifying it is to have a pet not act right. It’s difficult to take him to a vet when they don’t know how he is normally acting.
Will he let you get a temperature? Not sure what the normal range is in cats, but if he has a fever I’d definitely take him in tonight.
ETA- I just looked up normal temp ranges- they mostly say between 100.5 or 101 and 102.5 or 103. Also, if you use a ‘human’ thermometer, either toss it or clean it and put it in a labeled zip loc… no need to be putting any kitteh butt in your mouth later!
Post # 9
@pharmy: Nope, no other symptoms. I was holding him a little while ago and he was fine, no wimpering or anything. I don’t think he’s really used his litter box lately. It looks pretty untouched since like 2 days ago but I wouldn’t really know if he peed or not. He’ll be 4 in a few days.
@StormyRose: Good call on the tuna. He goes ape shit for that stuff. Darling Husband gave him a few treats this morning and he ate them but he tried to give him some more a little while ago and he wanted nothing to do with them. We’ve never given him wet food. He’s solely a dry guy.
@galloway111: Me too. We thought that maybe it was just anxiety (he can be such a diva sometimes) since we’ve been kind of busy after work and haven’t really given him much attention but now we’re worried.
@laurelina: The problem with the emergency vet is that it’s a half hour away and he does NOT cope well in the car. I really don’t want to stress him out anymore.
Post # 10
From my hubby (a 3rd year Veterinarian student): I’d go to the emergency clinic. Not eating can be caused by many things, and most are generally pretty bad. Cats can go into liver failure after a few days of not eating. The clinic will probably start with bloodwork.
Good luck OP :/ It sucks when animals aren’t feeling well 🙁
Post # 11
@DaneLady: Not that we can see and no, he hasn’t thrown up since Sunday (we gave him a small piece of meat from our dinner and he immediately threw it up).
We tried to give him tuna but that was a no go. He’s just laying around now. He’ll be going to the vet first thing tomorrow morning.
Please keep Lincoln in your thoughts! He’s my baby and I hate seeing him like this. 🙁
Post # 12
@UpstateCait: I had my cat do the same thing once, and blood work revealed she had a small infection that got better after some antibiotics. I hope your issue is similarly as easy to get through.
Post # 13
Aw poor Lincoln! I hope the vet can help and that his treatment will be relatively easy on him (and you!). My little girl is 15 and went thru a bout of frequent UTIs. It’s so scary and awful when they get sick.
Post # 14
Cats are so good at hiding when they are in pain that I generally think that you should trust your instincts even if your cat is objectively fine. I would wait and as long as he doesn’t worsen take him into the vet first thing tomorrow unless he’s still worrying you a lot.
I hope he feels better! Poor kid.
Post # 15
You can check his gums, too. Open his mouth and check his tongue/gums– if they are white, you need to go to the e-vet now. If they’re pink, that’s good!
Sending good thoughts your way!
Post # 16
Ive been through a similar case, but with mine it happened rapidly. My cat was lethargic and wouldnt eat or use the litter box. Checked her gums- dehydrated, took her temp- 104. Yikes! rushed her into the vet to find out it was a virus that I BROUGHT HOME because I work with animal rescue and foster kittens as well… I felt awful, she was pumped with fluids and vitamins and given a b12 shot. It took her a few days to recoup and she certainly got worse before she got better. If your cat is showing signs of not feeling well- they truly are sick! Cats hide pain so well, its just instinct. I would check his temp at 30 min intervals and see if it changes.. If he has a slight fever try applying rubbing alcohol on a cloth to his belly and paws- this will bring it down for the time being. I pray it is just a nasty virus that needs time to pass. But you also run the risk of having a blockage and that can cause serious complications. I agree with PP- feel his belly, if he winces or its firm then you know he is “backed up.” 1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree (not pie filling!) with food is good to get their bowel movements to pass, incase you need this for future reference. Good luck and keep us updated when you can! 🙂