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He is acting very strange. Still eating fine, but isn’t

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He is acting very strange. Still eating fine, but isn’t affectionate, and likes to just lie on the floor a lot more than normal. And sometimes his breathing looks very shallow and his eyes are heavy and half closed
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: it is a cat 1 year old
JA: I know breathing problems can be worrying. Let's get you talking to the Vet. What's the cat's name and age?
Customer: Sage, 1 years old
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Sage?
Customer: he has had health problems before and had to have a blood transfusion because he was anaemic
Submitted: 18 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.
Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience.I'm sorry to hear this and appreciate your concern for Sage.Do his gums seem pale or dry?How many times is he breathing in one minute?
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
I don’t think they seem particularly pale. And his heart rate is kind of normal still and he’s breathing about 50 per minute around
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
But it’s very shallow breaths
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

50 breaths a minute is very rapid.

We should be seeing a breathing rate of about 12 to 20 breaths a minute.

Would a photo of his gums be possible?

Does he go outside?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
No he’s an indoor cat
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
I’ll take a picture now
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
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Customer: replied 18 days ago.
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Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

Thank you.

His gums appear a normal colour.

Is it possible he has gotten over heated?

Any access to toxins such as a lily plant, raisins, garlic or human medicine?

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
It has been very hot today especially in my apartment so it’s probably that. I was just concerned because his behaviour is very different. We did just pick him back up from our friends house after being in malta for a week. Is it possible he’s just a big overheated and maybe depressed ?
Customer: replied 18 days ago.
I don’t think he has eaten anything toxic. As far as I know
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

If he has become over heated, this is a worry and heat stroke can be dangerous.

We need to get the temperature in the room cooled down, which may mean using a fan, A/C or similar.

We can wet down Sage's fur with cool water.

We should also offer some wet food and cold water to drink.

If his breathing does not settle down to a more normal rate (below 30 breaths a minute), I would want him seen tonight.

This is especially true given his history, in case he may be anaemic or there could be an underlying medical issue, such as an autoimmune disease or heart disease.

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Okay I understand. I will do that and check on him to make sure he’s okay. Thank you very much
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 18 days ago.

Not at all.

This window remains open and you are very welcome to check back in at any point this evening (or beyond) with further questions or concerns.

Wishing Sage all the very best for a speedy recovery.

Customer: replied 18 days ago.
Okay thank you