the last few days Blackjack is listless, he has eaten small amounts of food and did drink a little water, he has been in hiding for the most part and just lays there. I realize there is no vet available today but would like to know if there is anything I can do for him between now and then?
Hmm... it would help to have more details, like how old ** is, what he eats normally, and if he has a history of illnesses (also, is ** over weight?).
I'd also ask if you have a Christmas tree with tinsel or ribbon about the house. Tinsel and ribbon is one of those things a cat will eat and then suffer the consequences. It can cause severe intestinal stress and would explain why your kitty is having the holiday blues.
He's 9yrs old and about 24lbs (overwt) .. no tinsel or tree to have gotten into and no history of sort .. all stools and urine fine. He's one of three cats .. and has an odor of some sort from his body ... I've updated for my Aunt and she's going to come back online later tonight or tomorrow. Actually is not sleeping over family to be with her cat ...
Thanks so much for coming on a holiday with your thoughts Savas, we appreciate it.
This is qricket and I want to thank you fso much for answering my note on Blackjack, I am concerned for him as he is a relatively healthy cat other than being overweight. I did go away overnight last weekend and left plenty of water and quite abit of dry meal for all three cats, it is possible that maybe he overate being there was plenty of meal left for them.
He has a strong odor coming from him, not sure what that is. I will call the vet first thing in the morning and try to get him in as soon as possible. I will keep you posted.
Well, he is at an age for certain feline diseases, and the strange smell makes me wonder if it's an onset of feline diabetes (and since he's overweight...) . Over eating would possibly give your kitty a first attack if he's becoming symptomatic.
Hmmm... sorry I can't be of more help. I'd suggest just keeping him warm and comfortable until tomorrow when you see the vet. Be sure he/she does the standard thyroid tests along with the others your vet will hopefully do.
Keep us posted on what's happening and try to enjoy the remainder of your holiday despite what's happening.
Hi, I've got 2 more ideas that might have something to do with the odor! The first one is a ruptured abscess. That was my first thought when I read that you had 3 kitties. If they play sometimes and one of them bit him, then an infection could happen that could get into the blood stream. He might need antibiotics. The second idea, he could have a bad tooth or teeth, this would cause bad odor and loss of interest in food.
I wouldn't worry about force-feeding yet if you plan on seeing the vet in a day or two, but I would force feed water if you think the cat is dehydrated.
I don't know much about dogs, but I remember hearing about some kind of weird yeast infection on the outer part of their ear. It causes some kind of swelling on it that can get pretty big. Is that the infection that you were talking about with doggies?
It may be possible that he has dental problems. If the odor comes from his mouth and he doesn't even want to eat, then it may be some serious gingivitis or abscessed tooth/teeth. Chronic renal failure or diabetes may result in the onset of gingivitis. Gingivitis is a very painful condition, so maybe that's why he refuses to eat. Just a thought...
I was trying to think of one that didn't have any obvious discharges, or was coming from the mouth area. But it is possible that qricket missed some subtle specific locus for the origin of the odor. generally, an ammonia type smell from a cat is indicative of some sort of kidney malfunction and a strangely sweet smell (hard to describe this one) can indicate a sugar overload (diabetes).
Of course, a person/ cat will often have that "sick smell" when they just have a bad cold or flu. Generally it's because the body temperature elevates, causing you to sweat, and expel "poisons" through the skin.
I hope qricket comes back with some positive news soon.
I'm going to email her and see how Blackjack is doing. Thanks all ...
The yeast my dog gets is "down below" but finally after taking some oral meds no more problems there or in the ears .. she'd get yeast problems there, too! It was a 3week regime of meds the vet made up himself (liquid) and it worked wonders! But, that was a dog .. not a cat ..
I'm sure she'll update or I'll update when she knows more ....
Thanks again for all the imput and concern for Black Jack, I know he sure appreciates all the attention he gets as he is very shy and a scady cat. Zodiacqueen, you hit it right on and I should have picked up on the problem right away as ** had a similar problem three years ago, which was ten times worse. Yes, Sno-Flake, the bully got to him and must have bitten him in the rear which developed into a cyst which ruptured. We were to the vet yesterday and already today he is getting back to his old self, he is on medication and has figured out that the pill is in the treat, no thank you and flushing the wound is no picnic.
Thanks again for all the imput and keep up the good work. Many thanks to chitchat also for her help.
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