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My 7 yr old male longhaired cat abruptly fell ill 3 days ago (this was Sun. morning- it is now Wednesday). He went into hiding and would not eat or drink. He was also very lethargic and did not want to be bothered (he is usually very very social). He was also throwing up bile every time he tried to drink something.

On monday, we were going to take him to the clinic after I noticed he had not gone to the bathroom since the prior afternoon, but he ended up coming out o hiding to say hello. He drank a fairly normal amount of water & and urinated. He stuck around to get loves for a few minutes, but then retreating to the bathtub. I imagine he went there for convenience (water & litter in the same place), a little peace & quiet (I have 2 young kids), and to beat a fever.

We elected not to take him to his appt. because he seemed to be improving & I didn't want to put him through the stress unless it was absolutely necessary (the vet is sort of long drive).

Since then, he has been coming out of hiding more often & sticking around longer. He's typically falling to the loor & exposing his belly whenever we pet him. However, he is still hiding regularly (not like him at all). I believe he had a fever on Monday evening (his ears were warm), but there has been no sign o that since. He is still drinking & urinating (he defecated once too), but he won't eat. I've given him wet food, but he just licks the gravy- no solids. He is still lethargic. I was satisfied with the gravy consumption temporarily because I figure he's still getting a little something from it, and I know sometimes these things resolve themselves in time. He seems to be getting better little by little, but I won't relax until he's eating & acting normal again.

How urgent do you think the situation is? Should I continue to look for improvements or a few more days or take him in? I should add that he has a history oMy 7 yr old cat abruptly fell ill 3 days ago (this was Sun. morning- it is now Wednesday). He went into hiding and would not eat or drink. He was also very lethargic and did not want to be bothered (he is usually very very social). He was also throwing up bile every time he tried to drink something.

On monday, we were going to take him to the clinic after I noticed he had not gone to the bathroom since the prior afternoon, but he ended up coming out o hiding to say hello. He drank a fairly normal amount of water & and urinated. He stuck around to get loves for a few minutes, but then retreating to the bathtub. I imagine he went there for convenience (water & litter in the same place), a little peace & quiet (I have 2 young kids), and to beat a fever.

We elected not to take him to his appt. because he seemed to be improving & I didn't want to put him through the stress unless it was absolutely necessary (the vet is sort of long drive).

Since then, he has been coming out of hiding more often & sticking around longer. He's typically falling to the loor & exposing his belly whenever we pet him. However, he is still hiding regularly (not like him at all). I believe he had a fever on Monday evening (his ears were warm), but there has been no sign o that since. He is still drinking & urinating (he defecated once too), but he won't eat. I've given him wet food, but he just licks the gravy- no solids. He is still lethargic. I was satisfied with the gravy consumption temporarily because I figure he's still getting a little something from it, and I know sometimes these things resolve themselves in time. He seems to be getting better little by little, but I won't relax until he's eating & acting normal again.

How urgent do you think the situation is? Should I continue to look for improvements or a few more days or take him in? I should add that he has a history of pica.

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Hello Jess,
This episode could be due to an infection and may be he is slowly recovering from this.But the history of pica is a bit worrying.Because all this could have been due to foreign body ingestion which can bring about same sort of symptoms.The foreign body could be solid material which may be moving slowly through the intestines and is likely to cause an intestinal obstruction or not.The other possibility can be any chemicals that would have caused a toxicity,probably liver.
Hence I would suggest a vet consultation ASAP,so as to rule out these possibilities.
Regards
Anand

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A Senior Veterinary Surgeon with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Mixed animal Practice that will utilize my skills in medicine and surgery, public health, client relations, and developing relationships within the community, such as humane society

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Veterinary Consultant with Department of Animal Resources,Ministry of Environment,State of Qatar (Present). Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala, India. Oakland's Park, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Severnside Veterinary Center, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Saud Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman. Trivandrum Regional Co-operative Milk Producers Union,Kerala,India.

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BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) 1990. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala, India under Kerala Agricultural University. Certificates Of Accomplishments- Equine Nutrition- University of Edinburgh Principles of Public Health-University of California, Irvine. AIDS- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. General Environmental Health – EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Food Protection-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Zoonoses:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Food Safety:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Occupational Safety and Health-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Rabies Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Animal Handler & Vaccinator Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Wildlife Conservation-United for Wildlife

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