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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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15 year old exotic male until last week eating and drinking

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15 year old exotic male until last week eating and drinking normally. Last 5 days not eating. Urine out put good. Has a staggered gait when walking.
Already has limited vision in one eye due to surgery some years ago.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Bertie. It's important to note that any cat - particularly a 15 year old who has much less reserve than a younger cat - who has been anorexic for 5 days is now profoundly dehydrated and electrolyte imbalanced. Cats don't know how to drink enough to keep themselves hydrated. Bertie needs the attention of his vet at your earliest convenience. 15 year olds who become anorexic for this length of time usually are in renal or hepatic failure or an age-related malignancy is present. His ataxia ("drunken sailor" can represent profound weakness (such as might be seen with anemia), toxicity associated with renal or hepatic failure, or either encephalopathy (brain disorder) or myelopathy (spinal cord disorder).

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