My cat may be sick.

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Spiralgraph, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. Spiralgraph

    Spiralgraph Active Member

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    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?
  2. BelleBway

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

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    He could have a blockage, either bowel or bladder. I would get him to a vet immediately. Trust your instincts!
  4. Blue Bead

    Blue Bead New Member

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    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.
  5. BigB08822

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    Poor kitty. Hope you get it checked out and he is alright!
  6. Anita18

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    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!
  7. maatTheViking

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    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!
  8. danceronice

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    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.)
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  9. Alixana

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

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

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    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.
  12. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

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    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?
  13. Spiralgraph

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    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.
  14. Jem X

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    ((Runcible)) Hope he feels better soon.
  15. BelleBway

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    (((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.
  16. skipaway

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    (((spiralgraph)))

    I hope your cat gets better soon.
  17. Anita18

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    Animals will do their best to hide illnesses. Cats are better than guinea pigs, at least. :eek: My roommate's kitten was not anywhere close to dying with that fever, but by the time I noticed there was something wrong with my guinea pig, it was already too late. :(

    4 years is at best "middle age" for a cat. Still quite young!
  18. Allskate

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    Those are symptoms of a lot of different diseases and conditions, most of them not cancer.

    I've been in your position before, where cancer was an option. Really not fun. But, in my case, it was NOT cancer. There's a very good chance that your cat also does not have cancer.

    Still, it's not fun for a cat to feel like that. And not fun for the cat's owner either. :(

    Good luck and please update us.
  19. BittyBug

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    I second what Allskate said. If your cat has a fever, the most likely cause is an infection of some sort, so try to stay positive even though I know it's hard. (I just went through this the month before last so I can well appreciate how anxious you must be.)

    I hope whatever is ailing Runcible proves to be curable, and that he'll be well and back home with you soon. ((((((hugs))))))
  20. Aussie Willy

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    I hope puss is okay. It is pretty distressing having a sick animal.
  21. lmarie086

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    ((Runcible)) I hope he's ok, and that his visit to the hospital is over for the better very soon!
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    You've done the right thing and he's in the proper hands. Praying that he is going to be fine and this is just a bad bout. Please let us know how he is doing. Hugs to you and kitty.
  23. BigB08822

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    So sorry. Maybe he just has a little infection or something and it can be worked out quickly. Best of luck.
  24. Japanfan

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    Spiralgraph in such situations we always fear the worst - the dreaded C especially - but it's quite likely it's not cancer, Runcible is a young puss.

    It's the waiting that kills. .hope Runcible (love that name) is feeling better soon.

    Keep us posted.
  25. Spiralgraph

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    I just called the Animal Hospital, and they think it's a urinary tract infection. His temperature is up to 105 and he's still not eating. They're going to start antiobiotics. I'm still worried.
  26. Anita18

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    UTIs are not really not uncommon. You brought him in early so his chances for full recovery are very good. :)

    When you bring him home, I highly suggest you start feeding him solely wet food. Cats really do need to be taking in water and peeing constantly to keep UTIs at bay, especially males, and they simply don't have the urge to drink it by itself. I add SO MUCH WATER when making Mickey's food, it's a little ridiculous. It's also more expensive in the long run (it's cheaper than buying Whole Foods premium wet food but...that's about it), but if I'm gonna save on vet bills and worry, it's worth it to me.

    Bonus is Mickey's poops don't smell anymore. :) I think that's only on the raw chicken diet though...
  27. viennese

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    Feel better Runcible.
  28. Impromptu

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    Also remember that a cat's normal body temperature is around 101 or 102 degrees, so a fever of 105 ... well, it's still a fever, but it's more analogous to a human having a fever of 102.
  29. BelleBway

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    He's not eating because he has a fever; that's a typical cat reaction to fever. Once they start the antibiotics, that should fight the infection which in turn will bring down the fever and then he'll probably start eating again. It's totally understandable to be worried, but you did the right thing by bringing him to the vet and I'm sure he is in good hands now.
  30. modern_muslimah

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    I'm glad your cat's going to be ok Spiralgraph. I hope he gets better soon.
  31. Alixana

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    Hugs to Runcible. Once the antibiotics kick in, he should improve quickly. My 2 males have gone on renal food and never had UTIs again. My vet also suggested adding water to their food.
  32. Yazmeen

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    Major hugs to you - my Charlie Brown will be boarding with our vet for a while as his cholangitis (gall bladder infection) and pancreatitis calms down. He is diabetic, so not eating is very bad for him. Our local vet emergency center was a godsend as this all came down on Sunday. He is doing better on antibiotics, but need to get him extra care. We have another cat, and he doesn't want to be around her right now, so a little more time "in-hospital" is the best thing.

    Hugs and prayers for Runcible. Agree that when the antibiotics kick in, he should do better and eat.

    Edited to add: Always get a sick kitty checked out after that first 24 hours. Our vet pointed out that cats tend to hide their illness until they really are sick. As for dogs, he said "Dogs are like husbands, they let you know they're sick right away..." :D
  33. BittyBug

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    ((((((Spiralgraph)))))) UTIs are very common in male cats. Fortunately, you acted swiftly and your cat is getting the care he needs. You'll probably need to switch his food after this, but that's a minor matter. I hope he recovers quickly.
  34. Patsy

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    Cats are masters at hiding when they don't feel well, so when you can *tell* something's wrong, it's WRONG! Glad Runcible is at the vets and they're doing what they can for him.
  35. Japanfan

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    This.

    When one my cats had a UTI he recovered well.
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    I wonder how you our managing the diabetes?

    We had a diabetic dog Maia and cat Ohenry at the same time, odd. Maia (lab shepherd cross) lived for four years after diagnosis, blind for most of them. She was down for the count so many times but always pulled through - we put her to sleep at 14 after her hind legs failed her. Regulating her insulin and blood sugar was a challenge the whole time and we only managed because we could test her.

    Ohenry didn't make it because we couldn't test his blood sugar - there was just nowhere on his body he would accept the skin being pricked. Cats are more difficult than dogs so far as I know. I do know someone who kept her diabetic cat alive for quite a few years, but she was able to test regularly. On top of that she spent about $500 per month at the vet for the duration of the cat's illness, not sure why but regular antibiotics was part of the program.
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  37. snoopysnake

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    Antibiotics can work wonders. Prayers for Runcible and you from my kitties and me.
  38. Civic

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    I hope Runcible makes a complete recovery. May I ask where you found his name?
  39. Finnice

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    Two of my cats, both male, have had UTIĀ“s and the antibiotics helped. So, Runcible will very surely be ok again. They may order a special diet and ask you to keep him active.
    Hugs to both of you!
  40. Spiralgraph

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    I'm a Dr Who fan and Runcible was the name of a character in one of the shows in the 1970s.

    No change in Runcible as of last night. I'll know more this afternoon. Thanks for all the good thoughts, everyone.