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Lethargic not eating and drinking and is not his normal

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Lethargic not eating and drinking and is not his normal self
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: Cat
JA: When did you first notice this decrease in the cat's appetite?
Customer: Late last night
JA: Does the cat seem to be in any pain?
Customer: I'm not sure but I am very concerned as his ears and paws are cold
JA: And what's the cat's name and age?
Customer: Leo and 9 months
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Leo?
Customer: He is not moving much always wanting to rest and lay
Submitted: 4 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 4 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience working out of West London. It will be my pleasure to help you today.

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

Dies ge go outside?

Has he been neutered and vaccinated?

Customer: replied 4 days ago.
Hii he is not unfortunately and he does not for long though
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 4 days ago.

To confirm, he does go outside and is he not neutered or vaccinated? Ok, sure.

Does he seem slow when walking?

Would he allow you to check him over for any puncture marks or cuts?

Customer: replied 4 days ago.
He walks but slowly and stops he has no puncture marks or cute
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 4 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

And was Leo outside yesterday?

Does he have pale gums, fast breathing or bloating?

Customer: replied 4 days ago.
no gums are pink and his breathing is just a but kore rapid that usual
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 4 days ago.

Thanks.

Could you please count how many times he is breathing in one minute?

Customer: replied 4 days ago.
2 minutes please
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 4 days ago.

No rush, thank you.

Customer: replied 4 days ago.
37 beats
Customer: replied 4 days ago.
I will double check
Customer: replied 4 days ago.
Can you tell me how to do that please
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 4 days ago.

To count the breathing rate?

How many times the chest rises and falls in 60 seconds.

If 37, this is very fast.

Before typing my advice, is there anything else I should know?

Customer: replied 4 days ago.
It has been 30 now
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 4 days ago.

Ok, sure thing.

Please bear with me as I type my reply.

Customer: replied 4 days ago.
Thats fine thanks
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 4 days ago.

I'm sorry Leo has been like this and know you will be very concerned for him.

The cold extremities could be a sign of shock, so this is a real worry for me.

Given what we know and his current signs, I'd consider e.g.

  • A recent trauma such as a cat fight or fall from a height
  • A recent toxin ingestion
  • A viral infection such as FIV or FeLV
  • Pancreatitis
  • A fractured tooth
  • Etc.

If at all possible, I'd want him seen now.

This is mainly as we can't be sure what is going on and it could be something serious given the fact he is breathing rapidly and is an outdoor, un-neutered cat.

The vet will examine him and may run some tests such as a blood test.

Leo's treatment will depend on what is going on and may include e.g. fluids, anti inflammatories and antibiotics.

Customer: replied 4 days ago.
I have called my local vets this evening i have been told it is not an emergency and will have to ring back in the morning
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 4 days ago.

I would disagree given his rapid breathing, slow breathing and cold paws and ears.

If they are aware of all of the above, I am surprised they were not happy to see him.

In your case, I'd call back and request to be seen again. If for some reason they refuse, I'd try another local vet as his signs are a real red flag.

Customer: replied 4 days ago.
I am aware as we had a kitten with these symptoms who has sadly passed away i have told them about this aswell i was told the same thing saying i will have to wait till the morning
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 4 days ago.

I am sorry and I would be calling another emergency vet at this point.

How sad about your other kitten, I am so very sorry you have been through that.

Customer: replied 4 days ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** you for your help i appreciate it i will try getting in touch with another vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 4 days ago.

No problem at all.

Do you have any further questions tonight?

Customer: replied 4 days ago.
Do you think he will be alright until tomorrow morning?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 4 days ago.

I'm afraid I cannot say yes without examining him but, as I've discussed, I'm concerned he won't so would not want to wait until morning given his signs.

Customer: replied 4 days ago.
This is so heartbreaking i really hope and pray he will be alright i can loose him thats all and thank you so much for your help
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 4 days ago.

Not at all and I hope he makes a full and speedy recovery.

Please let me know if there is anything else.