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Experience:  8 years of clinical experience with specialty in veterinary pain management, urology, and geriatrics
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My cat went out for about half an hour last night as usual,

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My cat went out for about half an hour last night as usual, and came in around 10pm.
When I woke up this morning, he was very lethargic and unresponsive.
He got worse so my wife took him to the vets, who gave him bupracare and carpieve.
Since getting him home 6 hours ago - he has deteriorated rapidly, and now looks like he is in a coma, totally unresponsive an limp with his eyes open.
His breathing is very slow - and he suddenly sighs, stops for 10 seconds then starts again.
There is no sign of any accident or anything - he has just deteriorated rapidly since last night. Is it likely he is near death?
Darryl.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Susan :

Hi, I can help you with your question today.

Dr. Susan :

Yes, I'm so sorry, but from what you describe it does sound like Bubble is not long for this world.

Dr. Susan :

Do you know if your vet did any blood work on him?

Dr. Susan :

Or note any issues with his heart?

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

His heart was fine

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

They thought it might be a ruptured diaghragm?

Dr. Susan :

Hmm, did they take an x-ray before saying that?

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

they said his heart was fine

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

no x-ray - they said they could have kept him in, but his breathing was fine when he got home

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

they offered an x-ray, but aid I could bring him home and see how he is tomorrow

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

they gave me an emergency number and further painkillers

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

they gave him Bupracare and Carprieve

Dr. Susan :

I see. I'm concerned about a toxin or central brain lesion.

Dr. Susan :

Those medications are good for pain relief.

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

he looks like he is in a coma - totally unresponsive with his eyes open and limp

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

with very slow breathing

Dr. Susan :

Agreed. With his eyes open and non-responsive, this does sound like a coma.

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

about an hour ago - his legs were twitching like he was walking

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

and when we put a little water in his mouth he was licking

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

but now there is nothing

Dr. Susan :

His respirations are very concerning, it sounds like he may be approaching complete respiratory arrest.

Dr. Susan :

Has he been on any medications? Insulin?

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

If we took him to an emergency vet do you think they would be able to help - or not?

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

he is not on any medication

Dr. Susan :

Honestly, based on what you describe, I think his prognosis is poor.

Dr. Susan :

My guess is that he would need to remain hospitalized for days on IV fluids and possibly even a respirator.

Dr. Susan :

Many hospitals do not have this ability.

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

this all seems to have happened since 10pm last night

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

He was fine before he went out,

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

could he have been poisoned with something?

Dr. Susan :

I do suppose that would be possible, although I admit I'm having trouble thinking of a poison that would work this rapidly

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

He wont be in pain will he?

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

is it better just make him comfortable

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

If he is in a coma - but his breathing is very laboured - how long do you think?

JACUSTOMER-by22ykni- :

Do you think he has long left?

Dr. Susan : I am so sorry, the WiFi at this cafe just went out so I'm on my phone now
Dr. Susan : I worry that he may not last more than a few hours...
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