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Old 04-07-2006, 05:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,

About 2 months ago I brough in a stray from a local farm. He is an adult cat who adjusted great and has been a pleasure. He is a little annoying when it comes to food, always crying and begging for it. He also wakes me up each morning at about 6:30 by coming into my bed and stepping on my face.

Last night he didn't come into bed, just staying in the living room, which i thought was weird, but I let it go. Today when I got home from work he didn't eat a thing nor drink any water (usually both are near empty). I even got his bag of food and put some more in the dish (which usually makes him go nuts) but he just sat on the couch and looked at me, hasn't really moved.

Any idea of what could be wrong? Should I be concerned?


Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-07-2006, 06:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There's no telling what could be wrong, but it's a good sign of a cat that's ill and needs to see a vet.
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Old 04-07-2006, 06:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, I would be concerned. Sounds like he needs to see the vet a.s.a.p.
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Old 04-07-2006, 07:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Do cat's ever just get a "bug"? And get better by themselves?
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Old 04-07-2006, 07:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes, but you don't know that's what it is, do you? A cat that goes without any food at all for longer than two days is in jeopardy of possible serious health consequences.
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Old 04-07-2006, 10:07 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Looking him over really well before you take him to the vet will help you give him/her more information to go on when s/he is trying to make a diagnosis. Think back and ask yourself if there were any behavior changes in the weeks prior to his refusing to eat, even if they seem unrelated to that. Feel his paws and nose leather, if they are hot and dry he could have a fever. Run your hands all over his body, do you feel any lumps, cuts or sores? Any spots painful to the touch? Look at his gums, they should be pink, not white, yellow or red. Does he show any of his third eyelid when he's just sitting around? Any goop running out of his eyes or nose? Is he breathing like normal? No funny noises or panting? How has the stuff you dig out of the litter box looked recently?

Sorry if I'm throwing a lot of questions at you, but since your cat can't tell the vet how he feels, there's really no such thing as too much information when you describe the problem to your vet.

Good luck...I hope he's ok.
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Old 04-07-2006, 11:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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One more question to add to SEW's list. Is he USING his litter box? Is there urine in there? Is he staining or using it too often?
And as Tim said, yes, cats can get "bugs" (pretty rarely) but when a cat is laying around and not eating it's often a sign of a serious problem that needs medical attention. They don't tend to show any signs of illness unless there is really something wrong.
I would rather err on the side of caution, so I would urge you to bring him into the vet.
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Old 04-08-2006, 12:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thank you all for the concern.

Norman slept with me last night and is his chipper self today. He threw up a good size hairball, and the second it came out, ran to the food dish.

I think he's feeling good!


thanks again!
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Old 04-08-2006, 01:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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A good-sized hairball...yep, that would make him not want to eat! Kinda like I have felt queasy and not hungry for a couple of days too.

Do you think I might have a hairball too?

I'm glad it was nothing serious and he's better.
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Old 04-08-2006, 02:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Waaaaaaaaaaaaay to go Norman!!

(I'm glad it was that easy!!)
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