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My cat hasn't eaten for 5 days.

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
I just adopted a cat (6yrs old) from the humane society. She has a upper resporatory infection and keeps itching her ears. They said she doesn't have ear mites. Now i have had her for 5 days and she won't eat anything. She has drank some water. She has used the litter box for pee only. She hasn't pooped yet. Anyone want to help. she is very affectionate and loves to be held.
post #2 of 29
Try Boiled chicken and feed by hand ... see that works or boiled Fish
post #3 of 29
Since Sadie can't smell, she won't eat. Warm some fish for her. That will help increase the smell. Try warming some canned food for her too. If it doesn't intice her, try the hand feeding.
post #4 of 29
Your kitty needs to get to the Vet immediately! When cats suddenly stop eating for whatever reason, they are at risk for a potentially fatal condition known as Hepatic Lipidosis. It is time that you must begin assist feeding her if she will not eat on her own. She needs professional care without delay!
post #5 of 29
Please get this cat to a vet NOW- 5 days of not eating is very dangerous for cats and chances are she is becoming quite ill inside. It is called Feline Hepatic Lipidosis and it can take a cat quickly. Once they get into the cycle of non eating, it becomes hard for them to start. There are ways the vet can help you get this cat to eat.

Please read this article as well

FHL


Good luck!
post #6 of 29
I agree - this situation may be a life threatening emergency and she needs to go to the nearest 24 hour vet clinic immediately.

For the future, a cat should never be allowed to go more than 24 hours without eating. If a cat does not want to eat because of illness or injury, you need to feed him baby food (plain meat or meat/sweet potato combination only, check the label to make sure it doesn't contain onion) or mushed up canned food with a syringe. It takes just a little food each day to keep their liver function okay, but if they miss this little bit of food it is very, very serious.
post #7 of 29
I also agree - please take your kitty to the vet post haste! The vet can help what may be a life threatening problem.
post #8 of 29
I agree with the others. Action has to be taken very quickly. I lost one of my babies to Hepatic Lipidosis over a year ago. The condition can be reversable but needs agressive treatment. Unfortunately for my Woody it was all too stressfull and I had to let him go.
My best wishes to you and your cat.
post #9 of 29
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Sadiesnewmom
I just adopted a cat (6yrs old) from the humane society. She has a upper resporatory infection and keeps itching her ears. They said she doesn't have ear mites. Now i have had her for 5 days and she won't eat anything. She has drank some water. She has used the litter box for pee only. She hasn't pooped yet. Anyone want to help. she is very affectionate and loves to be held.
Thanks for all the advice. I have been in contact with the vet and the humane society. Both had said that eating for not a few days is normal for a cat in her new surroundings. Also I took her yesterday to the vet and they found nothing wrong with her. Just the upper resp. infection. I noticed last night her ears weren't bothering her as much and this morning FINALLY some of her food was gone. She even laid down with our Yellow Labrador Retriever. I think the medicine is starting to kick in and she is feeling better. Thanks again!!
post #10 of 29
She needs to eat. Have you tried some different things to try to get some food in her.
post #11 of 29
Well that a relief I`m sure.....and if she saw the vet yesterday then you are probably OK now that she is eating....but i`d sure spoil her a bit with some tasty morsels til she is acting normal...and take her to the vet again if she stops eating ordrinking or using her litter.
Best to you and your new kitty friend.
Linda
post #12 of 29
Thread Starter 
She has been eating this morning and up and around. Exploring the house more. I bought her some catnip and some wet tasty food! She had some kitty treats this afternoon. She seems like she's feeling better.
I love all the advice. Sometimes when people reply it sounds like their mad. I would never put this kitty in harms way.
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by Sadiesnewmom
She has been eating this morning and up and around. Exploring the house more. I bought her some catnip and some wet tasty food! She had some kitty treats this afternoon. She seems like she's feeling better.
I love all the advice. Sometimes when people reply it sounds like their mad. I would never put this kitty in harms way.
No one is angry, sorry you took it that way. We just know how dangerous it is for your baby not to eat and we feel a sense of urgency to get her looked at.
post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by Sadiesnewmom
Thanks for all the advice. I have been in contact with the vet and the humane society. Both had said that eating for not a few days is normal for a cat in her new surroundings. something
This is somewhat true but if the cat is at all overweight then it is really critical that he or she eats something, even just a few bites, every day. Sadly, I've known a couple of situations where shelter workers unintentionally contributed to a cat's death because they figured that it wasn't a problem that the cat was not eating since he was fat and could live off the stored body fat for a few days. A person can do that without any problems. A dog can do it too. But a cat, especially an overweight cat, can not.
post #15 of 29
Did you have test run on her ears? If there's any discharge not from mites, she could have a yeast infection in her ears. Those are uncomfortable...Leo doesn't eat much when he has ear infections and he itches a lot. You can get drops from the vet that will clear it right up. At any rate, get some ear cleaner from teh vet and clean them at least once a week.
post #16 of 29
Thread Starter 
The vet at both places(Humane society & my vet) cleaned her ears. No discharge or ear mites. Last night she didn't mind me rubbing them which was the first sign of them not bothering her. She seems to be doing better. I saved her from the humane society knowing that she had a cold and she is on antibiotics. All in all she has been a great cat since we've had her. Since she ate last night and some today and is drinking water(from the dogs bowl, she should be okay. I'm a stay at home mom so i can keep an eye on her all day.
post #17 of 29
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Originally Posted by crittergirl
No one is angry, sorry you took it that way. We just know how dangerous it is for your baby not to eat and we feel a sense of urgency to get her looked at.
Yes, that's exactly right. So happy to hear your kitty is doing much better!
post #18 of 29
If it is any help to you, when Old Pete got upper respiratory, we though he was going to die. I got some strained baby meats, chicken and beef, the beef worked the best. I mixed it with some water and put it in a syringe (with no needle) and just pushed it into his mouth. We force fed him food and water for a week and the day he staggered over to the water bowl, we all got drunk. Try strained baby meats.
post #19 of 29
Be sure any baby food has no onions in it.
post #20 of 29
KittenKiya - Thats hilarious!!! I know how you feel when one of your babies does something like that!! I have never wanted to see poop so much in my life!! I didn't even care if it was spread all over the house!!!
post #21 of 29
Thread Starter 
She is doing great now. Wlaking around and begging for table scraps. She loves milk after i have cereal in the morning. Her ears seem not to bother her any more, and she is eating some more food everyday. She follows me all around the house. I think now that she has been on her medicine for a week that she is now feeling much better. One more week on her antibiotics and then hopefully no more scares!! Thanks everyone.
post #22 of 29
Cats don't need milk. It is my understanding that one shouldn't feed cow milk specifically. If you want to give your kitty milk, it is better to get the milk specifically for cats at a pet store or give him goat's milk.

Cats can be allergic to the lactose in cow milk.
post #23 of 29
I am so glad your cat is on the mend and doing well again
I know easy it is to get upset and feel that people are having a go at you, but really they are not. I always try to remember that everyone on these forums, including you, are very passionate about animals and their well being. Its so easy to misinterperate the emptions behind the text.
All the very best of luck and all the love in the world for you and your kitty.
post #24 of 29
Thread Starter 
I never said she NEEDED milk. I said she likes to have a drink of it. It's not an everyday thing. Thanks to e peery for your very nice coment. I know not to get upset about how things are written, it is sometimes hard though.
She is still doing great!!!
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by Sadiesnewmom
I never said she NEEDED milk. I said she likes to have a drink of it. It's not an everyday thing. Thanks to e peery for your very nice coment. I know not to get upset about how things are written, it is sometimes hard though.
She is still doing great!!!
I realize you did not say she NEEDED milk. I suppose I must have worded my reply badly if you misunderstood me - all I was trying to say was that they shouldn't have cow's milk.

We all are here to learn so if somebody "types" something that appears harsh, please understand that because we cannot see the person and their expression it's easy to get upset.

I know when I came to this site, I was very ill informed about so many things and eager to learn. Sometimes the learning has been painful as I know there were probably things I could have done differently and may have been able to save my cat Simba. I'm still learning and making fewer mistakes with our kitties, but I'm sure I still have lots to learn.

Please know that the folks here are for the most part good people and really care about animals and sometimes we can be a bit over-zealous, so join us and forgive us if we come on too strong.
post #26 of 29
Yah know I hate to say it but my cats have taken a couple of sips of milk from my cereal bowl every day (every day that I have eaten ceral that is) for the past 25 years and it has never harmed them a bit.

It is true cats can't digest it and I am sure some can be allergic to it but that has never happened with the 25+ cats I have had in 25+ years! I think people don't realise that the whole condemning of cat's drinking cow's milk arose from cat's being FED milk - as in that was all they got to eat. Of course a cat can not survive on just cow's milk. But milk from my cereal bowl as a treat has not harmed any cat I have ever had and I have had one that lived to the ripe old age of 23!
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by PrissyKitty
Yah know I hate to say it but my cats have taken a couple of sips of milk from my cereal bowl every day (every day that I have eaten ceral that is) for the past 25 years and it has never harmed them a bit.

It is true cats can't digest it and I am sure some can be allergic to it but that has never happened with the 25+ cats I have had in 25+ years! I think people don't realise that the whole condemning of cat's drinking cow's milk arose from cat's being FED milk - as in that was all they got to eat. Of course a cat can not survive on just cow's milk. But milk from my cereal bowl as a treat has not harmed any cat I have ever had and I have had one that lived to the ripe old age of 23!
actually, once cats are weaned, they can lose their ability to tolerate lactose, which is why cat's shouldn't be given cows milk regularly, cat milk is formulated with reduced lactose for this reason. If cats are intolerant of lactose, they will normally be sick from drinking it - I don't have milk in the house a lot, so mine rarely get it, although I do have cat milk in for any cats that need building up.
post #28 of 29
I hope this cat is continuing to improve.
post #29 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by PrissyKitty
Yah know I hate to say it but my cats have taken a couple of sips of milk from my cereal bowl every day (every day that I have eaten ceral that is) for the past 25 years and it has never harmed them a bit.

It is true cats can't digest it and I am sure some can be allergic to it but that has never happened with the 25+ cats I have had in 25+ years! I think people don't realise that the whole condemning of cat's drinking cow's milk arose from cat's being FED milk - as in that was all they got to eat. Of course a cat can not survive on just cow's milk. But milk from my cereal bowl as a treat has not harmed any cat I have ever had and I have had one that lived to the ripe old age of 23!
You've obviously been lucky that none of your cats had lactose intolerance. Our farm cats often got cow milk too as I recall and they didn't have a problem with it either.

I assume it's like with other things, everything in moderation and if you have a cat that is lactose intolerant I'm assuming you would soon know when it got sick.
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