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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 48 years of experience.
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My cat hasn’t move from a spot in 5 hours and won’t drink or

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My cat hasn’t move from a spot in 5 hours and won’t drink or eat
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How has the cat's appetite been? Any changes in stool?
Customer: not eating . Hasn’t been to the loo in 5 hours
JA: Could the cat have eaten something unusual?
Customer: I don’t know
JA: And what's the cat's name and age?
Customer: coco 15months old
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Coco?
Customer: she’s usually pretty active and will come to us as soon as we walk in the door , but she’s not been doing that . She has meowed when my son strokes her but in a kind of ‘get me off way’
Submitted: 14 days ago.
Category: Cat
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
She hasn’t been on heat for a few weeks, but even when she was she didn’t act like this . She’s only been outside when on a lead and monitored, but unsure about eating items
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
I have changed her litter tray - she usually runs to see this and go straight in , but hasn’t moved . Stroked her , put water by her and a treat , but nothing
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 14 days ago.
Dr. Michael Salkin is typing. Please be patient. I have 50 years of experience in canine, feline, avian, rodent, and rabbit medicine and surgery.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 14 days ago.

I'm sorry to hear about this with Coco.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 14 days ago.

Regrettably, her behavior isn't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 14 days ago.

I need you to check her vital signs to see if she's an emergent patient...

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Okay what do I need to do ?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 14 days ago.

1) Check her gum and tongue color. They should be nicely pink - not whitish (anemia) or bluish/greyish (cyanosis/hypoxia/lack of oxygen to her tissues).

2) Check her respiratory rate. She should be taking less than 30 breaths/minute while asleep or at rest.

3) Take her rectal temperature. Any body thermometer will do when placed 1.5" into her rectum for 1 minute. Normal is 38-39.2C. This is a two person job!

Please let me know what you find.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
She’s now eating treats
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 14 days ago.

That's a positive development.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
But won’t eat cat food, trying to check her gums now
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 14 days ago.

I'll watch for your next post.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
It’s a bit more white than usual I think
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 14 days ago.

That's worrisome for anemia.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
What does that mean ?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 14 days ago.

Anemia (a lack of red blood cells) can be caused by any chronic inflammatory disease process. In such a young cat, the feline leukemia (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency (FIV) viruses are of primary concern.  These are easily tested for by her vet with just a few drops of blood in a 10 minute in-house lab test.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 14 days ago.

Please respond with additional questions and concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 14 days ago.

If you need clarification on anything I've posted or have additional questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to ask.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 13 days ago.

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