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My elderly cat smacks her lips a lot. I've also seen her

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Hi. My elderly cat smacks her lips a lot. I've also seen her sitting with the tip of her tongue out. Is this always a sign that she feels sick, or might it just be something that she does or no reason.
JA: Hi there. I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the cat's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: She has been doing it for a couple of months at least.
JA: Does the cat ever go outside? Is she taking any medications?
Customer: Betty was an outdoor cat for most of her life - poor thing. I befriended her and she has been living with me for 2 years. No medications.
JA: What's the cat's name and age?
Customer: I don't know exactly Betty's age but at least 12.
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: I suspect kidney disease but could be wrong because all her symptoms could be explained as something not related. Mainly, I'm concerned about whether she feels sick right now.Customer: Chat is completed
Submitted: 7 days ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 7 days ago.
Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.
Thank you for this question.There will usually be a medical explanation for her signs.We would consider e.g dental disease, nausea, oral ulcers etc.You say you feel she may have kidney disease? This could cause both ulcers and nausea so should definitely be looked into.
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 7 days ago.

A vet visit is best.

They will examine Betty and closely check her mouth. They may run some tests such as a blood test and urine test.

Treatment will depend on what is going on and may include e.g ant acids and a prescription diet.

I hope this helps and please let me know if you have any further questions.