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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Vet
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My 1 year old cat is acting strange today and yesterday. She

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Hello. My 1 year old cat is acting strange today and yesterday. She has been jerking and twitching a little, but the part that has me most concerned is a distended stomach and the fact that she had a bm in the middle of the floor. (She never does that.) I also just noticed that she lost a claw! It looks like it just fell out!
Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name?
Customer: Sophia
Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Sophia?
Customer: That's all. She is still eating and drinking normally.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. I'll address your concerns as you presented them...

1) "Acting strange today and yesterday." Please clarify what this implies.

2. "Jerking and twitching." Which parts of her are doing this? Is it persistent or intermittent?

3. "Distended abdomen." Has this arisen quickly over some time? Distension can be due to gaseous distention of the GI tract or an abdominal effusion - free fluid in the abdominal cavity.

4. "BM in the middle of the floor." This can indicate urgency or marking behavior to allay anxiety.

5. "Lost a claw." This can occur when a nail sheath hadn't shed properly. Check all of her claws to see that they have a sheath on them. The shed one may have been on top of a newer one and was finally shed.