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Hi. I'm hoping you can help as I'm not sure whats happening.
I have a 10 week old kitten who is a very VERY playful little chap, who loves to eat. I've noticed that all of a sudden all he wants to do is sleep, doesn't drink, and only eats a few bites of food. He miows before he goes to the toilet, and on occasion doesn't go at all. I'm taking him to the vet tomorrow, but in the meantime any ideas? I haven't got a clue whats up, its my first cat and I'm worried!

Many thanks for your help.
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Hmm, sleeping more than usual, not drinking, not eating as much, meowing before using the bathroom = deffinately a sick kitten!
The vet will of course give you the best advice on what's really wrong.

Is he meowing before a bowel movement or urinating?

My advice to you is try to get some water or flavourless pedialyte down him. Little kittens can dehydrate fast! And I would let him sleep. Sleep is like the body's way of healing itself.

I hope the vet finds theres nothing really wrong with him!


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Thanks for your reply! Yes he miows before a bowel movement, then doesn't wanna go. I think he's constipated or something. He's only been once all day. I am trying to keep him drinking by dabbling my fingers in water. I'm sorry about this, it's my first kitty and I feel so guilty for him being ill, even tho I don't know what I've done!

As I said, hes going to the vet's tomorrow. It's been suggested that a change from dry food to moist could cause this to happen, what do you think?

Again, many thanks,
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Oh don't feel guilty! It happens to everyone!

When my cats are constipated, I give them a little bit of hair ball remedy. I usually just give whatever the directions say and it helps lubricated everything and get it going better.

As for the water, I would try giving her some in a dropper, or pooring it over dry food.

I don't know if changing to moist food would cause constipation, but if he's got a sensitive stomach like my Misty does, it could very well make him feel sick. I'd keep him on the dry softened by water. It'll probably be easier on his tummy and get water down him all in one!

Hope everything works out!

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Kittygirl had a tapeworm after I got her from the Humane Society--she did that same stuff. She started sleeping all of the time, lost weight, and didn't drink or eat. She became dehydrated real bad!! When I took her to the vet, they gave her fluids in the back of her neck--she felt much better immediately. The first vet I took her to wanted to run a bunch of expensive tests--I think they just wanted money--so I took her to the vet that my aunt uses. They knew instantly that it was a tapeworm. I was so worried--because she wasn't going to the bathroom either. Please let us know what is going on with your kitty!

Also, I heard that if your cat eats moist food then it won't drink nearly as much because of the gravy stuff on the food. I switched my male cat to hard because he needed it for "cleaning his dirty teeth"--he drinks lots more than he used to.
 

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Thanks for all the concern!

The vet said my kitty had a nastily high temperature, and gave him a couple of injections. He's bouncing around now as he should be! :)

Again, many thanks for the concern!
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Yip, that's what I thought - fever. Psi has had 2 now so I'm an expert HAHA. I keep a digital thermometer at home just in case it happens again. I'm glad your kitty is doing better!!
 

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What are you supposed to do when your cat gets a fever? Just wondering in case it ever happens to me. Sometimes Maleke feels very warm, but he is always going crazy running around the house and always eating and drinking lots.
 

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Fever means that your body is fighting an infection. If your cat has a fever and other symptoms, I'd take him to the vet. If you take his temperature, make sure someone can hold him perfectly still. A normal temperature in a cat is between 101 and 102. You can usually tell if they feel excessively warm though.
 
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