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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hi all. This is my first time posting. I have a general question about a sudden change in my cat's behavior. I know nobody can diagnose problems via a messageboard, but I'm wondering if I should be concerned...

Our 2-year-old cat was fine last night before bed, but this morning is completely lethargic. She won't get up from her spot on the floor. She won't eat or drink either. This is all very unusual, because she usually is up at first light, very active, and begging for breakfast. She hasn't used the box yet, either. And her face also looks a little swollen, though it doesn't seemto be hot or tender. No vomiting or diarrhea. She doesn't seem to be tender anywhere when I prod her; her eyes, gums, nose, etc. all seem fine; and we don't have a good thermometer, but she doesn't feel any warmer behind the ears than the other cat. She is prone to hairballs - not sure if that is important...

She's an "occasionally outdoor" cat - maybe for a few hours a couple times a week. Last night, she and her son were out, but in by dark, and were fine when they came in. I did spot them playing with a vole, which is very common, and I've yet to notice them actually eat anyhting - they just play with it - so I don't imagine it could be a parasite or anything like that (though they will carry voles around in their mouth from place to place). We live in a very rural area, so I doubt if they got far enough from our home to get into into any poisonous chemicals at a neighbor's house or anthing like that.

I'm suspecting she may have just nibbled some plant that she shouldn't have...

At what point should I really become worried? Should I start giving her syringes of food & water mixtures? I think I'll make an appointment for the vet - we live on an island and the ferry schedule is somewhat limited, so getting to the vet can be difficult (and after the ferry stops for the day, out of the question altogether). Is there anything else I should be doing between now and when I can get her into the vet (likely a day or two)???

Thank you all for any suggestions you may have.
post #2 of 12
I'm very worried reading your description: lethargy, not eating or drinking, not using the box. Just *one* of those things would get my attention.

Make that vet appointment ASAP!!! It's good that you're observant. Sudden changes in behavior, especially lethargy, can be symptoms of serious conditions. Since your cat goes outside, it is possible that she got into some toxic substance - a poisonous plant, or a mouse that had ingested poison.

It's very important to keep her hydrated, so do use a syringe to get water into her, just be sure to do it slowly and squirt it down the side of her mouth so she doesn't choke. When you call for the appointment, ask advice about whether or not you should force feed her.

Try not to let her know you're worried; cats pick up on our emotions easily. Be as reassuring as you can.

Good luck - hope you can get her to the vet QUICKLY.
post #3 of 12
I agree. Please take your cat to the vet. Guessing is never good, they can't tell us what is wrong. It sounds very much like some sort of poisoning, but you won't know until the vet checks everything out. Let us know!
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
Went home a bit ago to check on Murph. I heated up her food and sat her in front of it and she ate a decent amount (about half of what she'd normally eat), then used the box (#2). Everything there looked OK, but she didn't urinate. She also wouldn't drink, so I gave her some water via the turkey baster (it was the best I could do), just letting it trickle in. Not a pleasant experience for either of us, but she did drink some.

I am still worried. My wife is making an appt. with the vet as I type. Wish us luck!
post #5 of 12
I agree. sounds like your kitty needs to see the ASAP!
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by gambrels
Went home a bit ago to check on Murph. I heated up her food and sat her in front of it and she ate a decent amount (about half of what she'd normally eat), then used the box (#2). Everything there looked OK, but she didn't urinate. She also wouldn't drink, so I gave her some water via the turkey baster (it was the best I could do), just letting it trickle in. Not a pleasant experience for either of us, but she did drink some.

I am still worried. My wife is making an appt. with the vet as I type. Wish us luck!

We posted at the same time!

Sending good vibes your kitty's way!
post #7 of 12
If your cat is prone to hairballs there could be a block or plug in the intestinal tract . If this is the case, it's serious and requires immediate veterinary intervention.
post #8 of 12
I am glad to hear you have a vet apt. being set up. Please keep us posted? I am glad to hear she was able to pass some stool, and that she could chew & swallow - since she did eat some. I agree with the other posters, it's a good thing you are so observant!
post #9 of 12
Just wondering how Murph is doing. Please let us know when you get a chance.

I hope she'll be ok. Good luck.
post #10 of 12
Also be sure that none of your plants in your home are toxic to cats. www.meowhoo.com in the Health Category we have a sub-cat of poison control. There are websites there that list toxic plants. Hope your cat is going to be okay
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help everyone - she was a little better last night, and much better this morning. Passed more stool and ate healthily. Not sure if she's drinking & urinating. She's still moving about a little slowly, but acting like her good old self again.

We'll still take her into the vet appointment tomorrow, just to be sure.
post #12 of 12
glad to hear you are still taking her to the vet. being a vet tech, it is possible that she may have urinary crystals, that could be why she is not urinating and not drinking. is her face still swollen? i recently had one of my siamese's get a tooth infection, and her face really swelled, over night.when i woke up the next morning, it had become so swollen, that it actually started to drain. my vet looked at her and prescribed antibiotics for her infected tooth. i also wanted to ask you about her vaccinations, are they up to date, and have you had her leukemia tested? with her goung outside once in a while, she could possibly pick up leuk. i kinda don't think that is what it is, but talk to your vet. keep posting, wish you luck and love!!
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