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My cat is yellow looking in roof of his mouth and eyes appear

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My cat is yellow looking in roof of his mouth and eyes appear yellow. Gone off some foods but will still eat fresh roast chicken cheese spread on crackers & boiled ham, loosing weight 3.8kg in Oct13 now weighs 3.1kg. Is looking quite thin and sleeps alot only young cat approx 16mths
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 years ago.
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name isXXXXX am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- How long has this been going on?
2- Any vomiting, diarrhea or coughing?
3- Is he strictly indoors?

There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

About the last 4 weeks my daughter was looking after him while we were away and said he didn't seem to be eating but he appeared ok when we came home. However the last 2 wks he seems to have gone off his food and he has lost weight. No vomiting, diarrhea as far as we know ( he uses cat litter & goes out but usually in the garden). No not strictly indoors but has been staying in alot more and has been sleeping alot more.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 3 years ago.
Vicky, when we see yellow color of the oral cavity and eyes it is a sign of an increase of bilirubin in the blood. In other words, because of the increase levels of bilirubin the patient becomes yellow (jaundice). The big question is: Why the increase in bilirubin? This usually occurs secondary to either liver disease or massive destruction of red blood cells which can be a consequence of infections, auto immune disorders, etc. to name a few causes.
In this case, to determine the exact underlying cause Little Fella is going to need a hands on examination by a veterinarian and blood work as initial screening test. Treatment will be based on exam and test results. In the meantime, feed him a bland diet of rice with chicken.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back. I am happy to address follow-up questions. Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!

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