Can stress cause cat to change?
Abby is going to be 13 on Monday. Never sick. Finicky eater...no noise, no distractions, etc. Purrs, runs, plays, pretend hunts at night and deposits the toys (her kills) by my bed. Uses litter box. She is just an all around fantastic cat.
Fast forward to a massive storm in our area resulting in running a very loud generator for 6 days while without power.
Abby has always thrown up, especially hairballs. During the generator time she began increasing the vomiting to like 3 times a day. Gave her a spoon of pumpkin which she loved but threw up. No more vomiting after that. Hooray! However, that’s when I also realized she was not eating and I know for sure she stopped pooping last Sunday, possibly sooner because I admit with all the exterior turmoil going on with power outage for 6 days, my attention had wondered. I know eating with both cats was way down. Still drinking normal amount of water and urinating.
Is it possible to become so stressed that you simply stop doing all the things you’ve always done? I also noticed that Gizmo, who will be 11 on Monday wasn’t eating as much and also stopped pooping. However, by giving him canned tuna and canned food, soon discovered that perhaps he was plying me? It worked! Abby sniffed the Tuna and had one lick. Canned not even!
As I write this, Abby is in the hospital. We took her in late yesterday afternoon. She was more relaxed in that room than we’ve seen her since the storm. She was jumping, investigating, leaving her smell and even purring! They found nothing on initial exam. Drew blood and while there were some higher markings, nothing that screamed kidney failure which was my first fear. She suggested they could send her home, we could administer sub q fluids because she’s somewhat dehydrated. We could give her appetite boosters, they would administer anti nausea meds. We opted to leave her overnight, run all the tests known to man and find the cause if there is indeed a physical cause. Even if she has nausea something had to cause it. I don’t want to bring her home without knowing.
We are totally baffled by this.
Mom to Abby & Gizmo