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Spiralgraph
02-08-2012, 08:26 PM
My cat, Runcible has stopped eating his dry food. He only had a couple of tablespoons of canned food today and a few licks of water. He hasn't been active and has slept on a chair (not his usual spot) all day. And he hasn't used his litter box all day. And ideas?

BelleBway
02-08-2012, 08:34 PM
My cat, Runcible has stopped eating his dry food. He only had a couple of tablespoons of canned food today and a few licks of water. He hasn't been active and has slept on a chair (not his usual spot) all day. And he hasn't used his litter box all day. And ideas?

Call a vet. There are many reasons why cats may stop eating but you'd need blood tests, etc to know for sure.

Capella
02-08-2012, 08:35 PM
He could have a blockage, either bowel or bladder. I would get him to a vet immediately. Trust your instincts!

Blue Bead
02-08-2012, 08:37 PM
Check for dehydration. Pinch a small amount of skin on the back of his neck. If the skin immediately slides back into place the cat is hydrated. If the skin doesn't slide back or tends to stay is a slightly pinched position...get your cat to the vet right away. He's dehydrated and will need an a subcutaneous injection to restore his body's moisture balance.

Does he feel warm? Are his ears cold to the touch or do they feel warmer than normal? In any case have him checked out by a vet as soon as possible. Often cats don't act sick until they are really very sick and in need of immediate veterinary attention. Good luck.

BigB08822
02-08-2012, 08:52 PM
Poor kitty. Hope you get it checked out and he is alright!

Anita18
02-08-2012, 09:03 PM
Call the vet. Usually when a cat is lethargic and/or feverish, that's the first sign of an illness. ESPECIALLY when they don't eat or use the litter box. The latter is definitely more serious.

My roommate's kitten did not move from a spot on the carpet for an entire day and her belly was burning up, and that's when I called the vet. Just needed some oral antibiotics and she was as good as new. :)

There's always a danger of UTI, especially for male cats. When male cats get one, it can lead to a blockage which can turn deadly very quickly. Like, the next day. So if Runcible has really stopped peeing, he needs to go to the vet right away!

My cat Mickey was peeing outside the litter box, but whenever the vet examined him, it was only a "few blood cells" and didn't warrant serious worry. I figured better safe than sorry and I only feed him wet food now. Cats are desert animals and usually don't drink enough water, since they're used to getting it from their food. Since canned food is such a waste of packaging, I cut it up from raw chicken myself using a recipe by a vet I found online. He is so spoiled, but UTIs and vet visits are definitely no fun!

If he can take it, try giving him a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to help him with any current potential UTIs. But definitely call the vet too!

maatTheViking
02-08-2012, 09:06 PM
The rule of thumb I follow is:
not eating or eating and throwing up : ok for 24 hours, then call the vet
Not drinking/not using the litter box: call the vet

Hope your kitty gets well soon!

danceronice
02-08-2012, 10:02 PM
Vet. Now. One big thing it could be, especially if he's a male, is a urinary blockage. Those are no joke (as I found out, to the tune of a $600 hospitalization for my big male so he could be catheterized.)

Alixana
02-09-2012, 12:54 AM
Vet. Now. One big thing it could be, especially if he's a male, is a urinary blockage. Those are no joke (as I found out, to the tune of a $600 hospitalization for my big male so he could be catheterized.)

This happened to one of mine too. Hope your kitty is fine .. or that it's something that's easily fixed!

Japanfan
02-09-2012, 01:01 AM
The rule of thumb I follow is:
not eating or eating and throwing up : ok for 24 hours, then call the vet
Not drinking/not using the litter box: call the vet


I do the same. A slight intestinal upset will usually pass within 24 hours.

Spiralgraph
02-09-2012, 01:14 AM
I have an update on Runcible. He's in an Animal Hospital, with a fever. They're not sure what's wrong with him yet. One of the possibilities could be cancer..:(
I think I'm in shock, I've only had him two months. Any good thoughts and wished would be greatly appreciated.

Anita18
02-09-2012, 01:16 AM
Poor kitty! :( For what it's worth, I thought my roommate's kitten was dying since she hadn't eaten or moved for an entire day and she had quite the fever...but all it took was some antibiotics and she got well very quickly.

Hopefully it's something really minor! Is he an older cat?

Spiralgraph
02-09-2012, 01:19 AM
I got him from a shelter and he's probably only 3 or 4 years old. This happened so fast, two days ago he seemed fine.

Jem X
02-09-2012, 01:22 AM
((Runcible)) Hope he feels better soon.

BelleBway
02-09-2012, 01:24 AM
(((hugs))) Glad you got kitty to a vet. I don't think they always realize how scary it can be for an owner when they mention cancer as a possibility. I hope it turns out to be something at least relatively minor, and that Runcible will be home in your arms soon.