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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 44 years of experience.
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My 1.5 year old cat seems slower and today.

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Hi
My 1.5 year old cat seems slower for yesterfay and today. Is sleeping loads and not eating. Or drinking as normal
She is eating wet food only though she usually loves dry and not drinking properly
What should I do
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She has started to play a little with my daughter but she doesn't seem her usual fast and furious self
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry to hear of this with Oreo. Unfortunately, her symptoms of lethargy, somnolence, and inappetence are important symptoms but they're not pathognomonic of any one disorder. In cases such as these, I first need to assess how urgent it is to have Oreo attended to. Please do the following for me: 1) Check her tongue and gum color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (hypoxia/lack of oxygen to her tissues).2) Assess her respiratory rate at rest. She should be taking less than 40 breaths/minute.3) Take her rectal temperature. Any body thermometer placed 1" into her rectum for 1 minute will do. Normal is 38-39.2C. This is a 2 person job! Please let me know what you find.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Her tongue and gums are pink
Breathing I got 41 per minute but that was shortly after checking her gums so maybe still slightly excited
I can't check temperature as I only have a ear thermometer but when I put her down she started to eat and had a few sips of water
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She has started to play a bit but she doesn't seem her usual frisky self
Slightly lath artic
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I understand. Her beginning to play, eat and drink are positive prognostic signs. I don't see a rush to the vet needed; "watchful waiting" is still appropriate. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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