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My nearly feral cat has been very off and on his food for several

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My nearly feral cat has been very off and on his food for several weeks. I have given him 2 courses of antibiotics. I thought the problem was solved, the problem being that when he starts eating, he stops, makes a sort of cry and bolts away from me, the food and runs. It stopped and now it continues. He eats a little bit of food. It all seems fine. Then suddenly he sort of screams and runs away. I have tried soft food and mashing up his food.He seems hungry and wants to eat. He eats a bit and then suddenly is gripped by some sharp painful experience inside his mouth or throat and then he's gone. Any ideas what to do ?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 4 years ago.

Drew :

Hello, welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian, and I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

Drew :

I'm sorry to hear that you've been trying to resolve this issue that Harry is having.

Drew :

The signs you are describing, are consistent with a possible ulcer or other damage to the lining of the esophagus and/or the stomach.

Drew :

it can be very difficult to diagnose such an issue without the use of Endoscopy, which is a procedure where a tiny camera is inserted down the throat under anesthesia.

Drew :

Without such testing, the usual approach in cases of suspected ulceration, is to consider the following medicines:

Drew :

Acid blockers such as famotidine, ranitidine, omeprazole, lansoprazole or others,

Drew :

coating medicines such as Sucralfate,

Drew :

and though it's not commonly reported in cats, treatment for Helicobacter Pylori, a bacteria that is associated with ulcers in humans and dogs, might be worthwhile as well.

Drew :

at Harry's age, we also need to consider that there may be a mass or tumor in the esophagus or stomach,

Drew :

leading to pain as the food or stomach acids contact the tumor.

Drew :

unfortunately, cancer is common in elderly cats.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Are the drugs you mention called the same in France because this is where I live. ?


Also, he will not be put into any kind of carrier without going completely crazy. He is really feral. I am the only one who can get near him. I can cuddle him on my lap, pick him up but just the front paws. He goes crazy if you try to carry him. It's a very difficult situation as I'm sure you understand.

Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 4 years ago.
The drugs I mentioned are all the generic names, not brand names, and therefore should be available anywhere.

I know how difficult cats can be; if you are unable to get him to a veterinarian, then sadly the diagnostic options are very limited, and you will be unable to obtain prescription medicines.

Famotidine is an acid blocker that is sold without a prescription in many countries, 5mg every 12-24 hours can be safely given.

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