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My male cat just over a year old has stopped eating all of a

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Hey My male cat just over a year old has stopped eating all of a sudden Even his favourite foods and treats
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the cat's name?
Customer: And he threw up really bad last night after 3 days of not eating anything Mylo
JA: Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the cat eat anything unusual?
Customer: Just a moth from outside i guess
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: He is very weak Not responding Not eating Just drinking water n peeing M very worried he is my only baby ūüė≠
Submitted: 19 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of experience.

I'm sorry to hear this and understand your concern for Mylo.

When did he last pass urine?

Are his gums pink and wet?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Let me check on his gums
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
He did i guess an hour ago
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
His gums have always been a bit blackish and yet they are a bit wet as well
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

You say he is not responding; do you mean he is unconscious?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
No, i mean that he is not active at all. He seems very weak and lethargic since ofcoarse he hasn't eaten in 4 days n last night he threw up as well
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
He usually eats alot and now all of a sudden he isn't even eating his favourite treats let alone the food he loves
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

Does he go outside?

Any access to toxins inside the home such as lilies, raisins, essential oils, cleaning products or human medicine?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
He does go outside but not without supervision and not for prolonged times. And no i have kept my home very pet friendly we don't have any toxins here
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

Any other signs such as weight loss, fast breathing, bloating, bad breath, diarrhoea or excess thirst?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
He is only drinking water and urinating. No poop no eating. Breath smell is usual. He isn't heavily breathing usually but sometimes he does breath a little faster than usual. He doesn't seem bloated rather seems to weigh lighter than usual when m picking him up
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

Thank you.

Would you be able to count how many times he breathes in one minute?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
give me one minute please
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

Thanks

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
About 65 times
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

This is very rapid. Is this what he has been doing for the last few days?

Does he every breathe with his mouth open?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
No he isn't breathing with his mouth open but yes when i hold him he usually breathes rapidly cuz he isn't a lap kitty he resists being in my lap plus it's very hot
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

Even so, this is a very alarming breathing rate.

If you think it is because he is worried about being held, would it be an option to put him down, wait a few minutes and check his breathing rate when he is lying by himself?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Ok give me 2 minutes
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Oh my god
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
It's more than 70 times and his breathing pattern is very irregular
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Goes very fast n then very slow n so on...
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

I am just typing my reply now.

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Ok
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

A normal breathing rate for a cat at rest should be about 12-20 breaths a minute, so Mylo's breathing rate is a red flag.

Fast breathing like this can have a range of causes including:

  • Asthma
  • Fluid on the lungs
  • Heart disease
  • Pneumonia 
  • A fever
  • Anaemia
  • Extreme pain or fear
  • Etc.

Given Mylo's signs, I would advise a vet visit right away.

He may need oxygen and medicine to help open his airways.

When stable, the vet may advise some tests such as a blood test and chest x-ray so we can get a diagnosis and start the most appropriate treatment plan.

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
But the earliest appointment i have gotten from his vet is for tomorrow evening
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
What do i do till then? What if something happens to him?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

I would call your nearest emergency vet now as this is a true emergency and waiting until tomorrow is not advised.

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Honestly in my city there is no emergency vet
Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Otherwise i would have taken him by now
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

What is your postcode?

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
B16 8UQ
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

Just a moment

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
Thanks n sure
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

Manor vets are open and can be reached on***********/p>

Also, Vets Now are available on***********/p>

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
M calling manor vets
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

Ok, sure.

This window will remain open and you are welcome to keep me updated.

Wishing Mylo all the very best.

Customer: replied 19 days ago.
They are telling me since ur pet isn't registered with us we can't do anything
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

Please call Vets Now in this case. Their number is *****

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 19 days ago.

(Alternatively, contact your own vet's out of hours service, details of which will be on their website or answering machine).