My cat won't eat or drink
Last Tuesday we noticed that our cat, Sam (coming up to 14 yrs old next month) wasnÃ¯Â¿Â½t eating or drinking. Our cats have always been fed on demand Ã¯Â¿Â½ little & often Ã¯Â¿Â½ and Sam has always been vocal in letting us know if he wanted feeding
Up to then heÃ¯Â¿Â½d seemed in his usual fine fettle, apart from a slightly sore foot, and like most cats, slept a lot and got about indoors and out as much as he wanted and when he wanted.
We phoned the Vet and got an early appointment on Wednesday. We have used the same practice for both cats and dogs for 40+ years. Sam was seen by an experienced senior Vet and was thoroughly examined, given a Zantac injection and Anivit B12. The Vet noted that Sam had lost about 1lb in weight since 23 July Ã¯Â¿Â½ Sam now weighs c.8.5 lbs. We were advised to try him with small amounts of Hills (recovery) A/D diet.
All day Thursday, we gave him small amounts of Hills and he eventually ate about half the tine. On Friday he wouldnÃ¯Â¿Â½t eat anything Ã¯Â¿Â½ not Hills; Gourmet pate (that he usually likes); cooked lambs liver (that he would usually bite your hand off for); fresh cooked chicken fillet (another Sam favourite), so we took him back to the VetÃ¯Â¿Â½s again.
After another thorough examination by a different Vet Ã¯Â¿Â½ this Vet too said that she couldnÃ¯Â¿Â½t feel anything amiss and SamÃ¯Â¿Â½s temperature was OK Ã¯Â¿Â½ we were referred to their main branch a few miles away. This time he was kept in overnight and they did blood and thyroid tests Ã¯Â¿Â½ results were OK with no cause for concern. On this occasion Sam was given an I/V drip to re-hydrate him.
When we collected him on Saturday, we were told that he had ate and drank "a little" overnight. However, when we got him home it was clear that he wasnÃ¯Â¿Â½t any better and he still wouldnÃ¯Â¿Â½t eat or drink anything Ã¯Â¿Â½ again we tried several usually popular alternatives to tempt him. We phoned for another appointment today.
This morning he tried to retch but produced only 2p-sized very small blobs of white bubbled fluid. He also tried on two occasions to defecate, without success Ã¯Â¿Â½ making a scrape, crouching and straining, then nothing.
Back at the VetÃ¯Â¿Â½s, he was extremely fully examined by a third experienced Vet, who could still detect nothing abnormal Ã¯Â¿Â½ bladder empty, some faeces in rectum. She gave him Convenia and Laurabolin (she said antibiotics and steroids) injections and a Ã¯Â¿Â½ Mirtazapine tablet. She hoped that this would spur his appetite and gave us a further supply of Mirtazapine to use on a 3-day basis (Ã¯Â¿Â½ tablet time) if necessary.
Sam had 3 or 4 licks of milk but otherwise hasnÃ¯Â¿Â½t eaten or drunk anything. He has retched a few times but nothing has come up. He walks around as if he is uncomfortable and doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t know what to do with himself. ...