(Closed) Vet bees or anyone with feline health knowledge: Problems with our kitty…

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@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
1128 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

aww I don’t know much about pet health but I hope your kitty gets better soon…

Post # 5
131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I’d take him to the er- he could have a blockage which is really dangerous.

Post # 6
2584 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@UpstateCait:  Poor kitty ๐Ÿ™ I don’t have experience but I hope it’s just a cold or allergies and nothing serious!

Post # 7
2095 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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 # 10
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

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 ๐Ÿ™

Post # 12
4327 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@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
2981 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
1077 posts
Bumble bee

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
3220 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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
5 posts

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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