My cat is 10 yrs. old and has been having problems with digestion and hairballs off and on. I usually resolve it with a little fiber in his food. This time he is just not eating or drinking and refuses to drink water from dropper(which he usually loves) and is sleeping all the time and very lethargic. This has just been going on for around 16 hours. It is morning. Should I wait and see how he is tomorrow or take him to vet today. Problem is he has to be anesthesised to be examined as he freaks out at vet. I don't want to sedate him unnecessarily, especially if it will make him feel worse. I don't know if he is in pain, or it's his stomache or what. He is sticking close to me. He has gone to the litter box a few times, but that is all the movement he has done. Just laying around in the bed. Don't know what to do.
I would take him to the vet. The longer you wait the more chance there is his system won't react will to the anesthetic do to lack of food/nutrition. One day isn't to dangerous in those terms, but past two or three your cat will be suffering from a depressed immune system. and probably have a lowered respiratory/blood pressure issue that could make it dangerous.
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