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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My cat has spent the last 3 days just sitting/sleeping. Friendly

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My cat has spent the last 3 days just sitting/sleeping. Friendly and not in obvious pain but not eating or being active
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Milo's symptoms of lethargy, somnolence, and anorexia are important symptoms but they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder. In these cases I need to assess the urgency of his being attended to by his vet. Please do a few things for me... 1) Check his gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish-greyish (cyanosis/lack of oxygen to his tissues).2) Check his respiratory rate at rest. He should be taking less than 40 breaths/minute.3) Take his rectal temperature. Any body thermometer placed 1" into his rectum for 1 minute will do. Normal is 38-39.2C. This is a two-person job! Please let me know what you find. Have any other symptoms appeared? Does he feel "hot"? Is he lame? Are there painful swelling(s) anywhere? Does he go outside and associate with other cats and possibly was bitten by them? Vomiting, diarrhea, sneezing, coughing?
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.
I can't set a follow up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update at your convenience.