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fat cat won't eat

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hello- I joined this site just so I could get some help to this question- so please help! I have a very fat cat....21 pounds to be exact. I received her (Corey) from a family that said she had thyroid problems when she was 9- which is what caused the weight problem. Anyways she has loved living with me for about a year now, and she still loves to eat. She eats all diet food, but I have NEVER had an issue with her not wanting to eat. For the past few days she has been throwing up stomach fluid, and she will NOT eat anything, or drink anything. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT COULD BE WRONG WITH HER??
post #2 of 22
You should really take her to the vet. Is she on thyroid medication? How long has it been since she last ate?
post #3 of 22
Not eating along with constant vomiting could be many things...but it is an indication of some sort of illness,or condition....and your kit needs to be seen by a vet ASAP....

Hope corey will be ok
post #4 of 22
First. You must of course to a vet, ASAP.

Second. Fat cats cant stand hunger longer than 24 hours, great risk for liver damage.
So you must probably forcefeed her and of course also forcegive her water if she not drinks herself.
Do a watery/liquid mix of something with proteins, meat for example. And a tiny little salt with the water.

Use a syringe or eyedropper or straw. In the corner of the mouth, across the mouth - NOT down the neck. Carefully.

And only little at every occasion - so perhaps she wont womit it out immediately.

And again, hurry to a Vet. Begin with a phone-call if you want. You may also at the same time ask if my advices sounds good. As she needs water and proteins ASAP too.

If it is night where you live and no vet and you must wait to the morning - begin the forcefeeding NOW.

Edit: good luck!
post #5 of 22
PLEASE GET HER TO THE VET NOW!
Fatty liver disease can set on quickly and is very serious! i know, I've been there! Please let us know what you find out.
post #6 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by StefanZ
First. You must of course to a vet, ASAP.

Second. Fat cats cant stand hunger longer than 24 hours, great risk for liver damage.

This a good point...cats that loose a great amount of weight..(ecspecially chubby cats) can develop fat on the liver, a condition that can be fatal
post #7 of 22
I can take a few guesses about what might be wrong with her, but they're just guesses.

She needs to see a vet now, as in immediately, today. If your regular vet can't see her this afternoon then she needs to go to the nearest 24 hour emergency clinic. The symptoms you describe are extremely serious. The problem is probably treatable but she is at risk of dying if you do not seek immediate medical help.
post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ryobious
You should really take her to the vet. Is she on thyroid medication? How long has it been since she last ate?
Thanks for your response. Corey hasn't eaten in about 2 days....I plan to take her to the vet immediately.
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the response. I'm planning on taking Corey in as soon as I get home....in about 45 minutes. The only problem I have is she HATES to get into a car, and if I put her in a box she is going to freak out. Any suggestions on how to get her into the car? Trick her?
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks Bridget. I plan to take Corey to the vet as soon as I get home from work. Thanks a lot for your input.
post #11 of 22
Do you have a carrier? You can usually pick them up turn the carrier standing up with the door open and pointing upwards and drop them in back end first. That way they don't necessarily see it coming. Please let us know what the vet says!! Good luck!
post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 
How much money do you think it will cost me to take Corey to the vet? Not that it is a deciding issue for me....I would just rather know so I can have the available cash.
post #13 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by johnson_22
Thanks for the response. I'm planning on taking Corey in as soon as I get home....in about 45 minutes. The only problem I have is she HATES to get into a car, and if I put her in a box she is going to freak out. Any suggestions on how to get her into the car? Trick her?

If you have a beach towel you can wrap her up in that, and if you can get another person to go with you they can hold her while you go to the vet....this is a restraint tecnique a lot of vets use
post #14 of 22
This tip comes probably too late to be of use. But.

Here in Sweden most people have big baskets for wash-clothes. Big, plastic, with holes in the sides. and Lid.
Im sure those are also common in USA and other countries.
These are excellent reserv- carriers!!! Both if you dont have any carrier, and if the cat wont go in the carrier. It is much easier to lay down a reluctant cat in the wash-basket then in a carrier!

You lay something nice in the bottom. And bind the lid or use tape. Voilá!
post #15 of 22
Call your vet clinic and ask them for an estimate.
post #16 of 22
In a pinch, you can always use a pillow case
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 
Bridget (and all that replied)- It was a sad day for Corey today. We took her to the vet last night...they kept her over night to do some blood work to determine what was wrong. I found out today that she had a kidney disease, and it would be fatal. I made the decision to let her go in peace so today she got the injection. I made the decision so she wouldn't have to suffer through the last few months of her life. This was my first time putting down a pet, and it was MUCH harder than I could EVER imagine. Anyways, I plan on getting a kitten soon so I'm sure I will need all of your help. Thanks to all who helped yesterday.

Jonathan M. Johnson
post #18 of 22
I'm so sorry to hear about your precious baby
Corey was v. lucky to have your love until the end.

Always such a sad time. Very sorry for your loss.
post #19 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by johnson_22
Bridget (and all that replied)- It was a sad day for Corey today. We took her to the vet last night...they kept her over night to do some blood work to determine what was wrong. I found out today that she had a kidney disease, and it would be fatal. I made the decision to let her go in peace so today she got the injection. I made the decision so she wouldn't have to suffer through the last few months of her life. This was my first time putting down a pet, and it was MUCH harder than I could EVER imagine. Anyways, I plan on getting a kitten soon so I'm sure I will need all of your help. Thanks to all who helped yesterday.

Jonathan M. Johnson


Oh Jon I am sooo sorry.......you must be a mess.....but you did the right thing Kidney disease is an awful condtion......
Just know she is happy and healthy now and remembers that her daddy loved her oh so much........
She was lucky to have someone like you to take such great care of her while she was on his earth........
And this new Kit will be just as lucky.....

RIP Corey
post #20 of 22
Oh, I am sorry for your loss, I also had a cat with the same illness in the past, and I did the same as you did....which was the right thing for these poor kitties...prayers sent your way.
post #21 of 22
Sorry to hear she is gone, at least her suffering will not be prolonged - you did the right thing.
post #22 of 22
Sorry for your loss. All of our thoughts are with you!
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