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I have a 14year cat she has been lethargic and is not eating

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I have a 14year cat she has been lethargic and is not eating very much
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did you first notice this decrease in the cat's appetite?
Customer: 2 days
JA: Does the cat seem to be in any pain?
Customer: No but she hasn't got a meow shes very quiet
JA: What's the cat's name?
Customer: Baby
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: She seems a bit jittery
Submitted: 21 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 21 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear Baby has not been well.

Lethargy and a loss of appetite can have many causes.

Does she have any other symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss, an increased thirst or bad breath?

When did she last see a vet?

Customer: replied 21 days ago.
She has lost a little weight she is only small anyway I had a feeling it might be her teeth or ears as she keeps waddling
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 21 days ago.

What do you mean by 'waddling'? She is off balance when she walks?

Customer: replied 21 days ago.
only a couple of times
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 21 days ago.

Thank you.

A loss of balance is concerning and may well indicate an ear infection. Other considerations would include a brain lesion (such as an infection or tumour), liver disease or toxin ingestion.

Given that she has lost some weight and has had episodes of being off balance, I would advise a vet visit ASAP.

They will examine her and may run some tests such as a blood test and neurological exam.

Treatment will depend on what is going on e.g. an ear infection will require prescription ear drops, while liver disease can be managed with diet and supplements.

Customer: replied 21 days ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 21 days ago.

Not at all.

Please feel free to keep me updated and to ask any further questions you may have.

Take care,

Linda