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I'm so overwhelmed and distraught right now, I don't know what to do. My 2 yr old cat just suddenly stopped eating this past Thursday night. Earlier that day he had very foul smelling stool, I could smell it from the other room; later that night he threw up his last meal and since then has eaten only 4-5 pieces of large kibble - total. He threw up again 2 days ago but it was just bile. He was at the vet most of the day yesterday getting x-rays, urinalysis, blood work and fluids. 630 dollars later, the vet couldn't find anything obviously wrong aside from some gas. I will get blood results today, but I'm preparing for the worst. I should think more positively but 5 days of no food or water?? I've been doing my best the past couple of days to force some food down with a syringe but most of the food ends up on me. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can get some food and meds into him without totally traumatizing him? He will not sit still for me to try to open his mouth to feed him and he spends most of the day under the bed, so I can't even get to him most of the time. Any advice/help/personal experience would be really great right now, as I am completely discouraged.
 

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If it's not physical, could it be psychological? Could something have happened in the last few days to traumatize him, such as a strange cat wandering around? Have you changed your schedule drastically or brought a new human into your life? Perhaps consulting a cat behaviorist would help?<br><br>
I'm sorry, I don't have any other ideas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:"> I hope he gets better soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
ETA: Perhaps consulting another vet for a second opinion would help.
 

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AND now his brother just attacked me for the first time since I've had them. This is getting better and better. Mental breakdown in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1....
 

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If it's not physical, could it be psychological? Could something have happened in the last few days to traumatize him, such as a strange cat wandering around? Have you changed your schedule drastically or brought a new human into your life? Perhaps consulting a cat behaviorist would help?<br><br>
I'm sorry, I don't have any other ideas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:"> I hope he gets better soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
ETA: Perhaps consulting another vet for a second opinion would help.</div>
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Nothing out of the ordinary has happened. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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So sorry...very discouraging, especially with the vet not finding anything after all of those tests! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:"> Not that you want them find anything seriously wrong, but at least you would have something to go on and a chance at treating it.<br>
My Mandi used to go through periods of not eating...she would have to spend a day or two with IV fluids to keep her from getting dehydrated. She had medical issues, though, so it was not uncommon for her to lose her appetite at times.<br>
I hope you get some answers and that your kitty's condition improves soon!
 

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Have you tried offering him different kinds of foods? When a cat is really sensitive or sick, meaty baby food (for humans) is often worth a try.
 

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Have you tried offering him different kinds of foods? When a cat is really sensitive or sick, meaty baby food (for humans) is often worth a try.</div>
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I have. I've tried chicken baby food, baby rice, squash (he normally loooves squash), canned tuna and juice, his regular food, the vet gave me wet food for gastrointestinal issues - he wont eat any of it. I mean, he's only 2, what could be wrong with him??
 

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"A number of different conditions may be responsible for a cat’s refusal to eat, including infections, kidney failure, pancreatitis, intestinal problems, and cancer. But it isn’t always serious - something as simple as a toothache can make your cat stop eating."<br><br><a href="http://pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/my-cat-wont-eat" target="_blank">http://pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/my-cat-wont-eat</a><br><br><a href="http://amberfoundation.org/Feeding/ntedan_DangersOfNotEating.html" target="_blank">http://amberfoundation.org/Feeding/n...NotEating.html</a><br><br>
Hope your kitty gets better soon!
 

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A toothache won't make an otherwise healthy cat completely stop eating for 5 days...<br><br>
For such a young cat this is very concerning. Hopefully your vet will figure out today what is wrong with him. Is he the type to eat things he should not? Does he chew up toys, towels or plastics? Or maybe he found something in the yard if he goes outside. That is the most common thing I see where young cats get sick so acutely, something is stuck in their GI tract. Sometimes it shows up on x-rays, sometimes it does not, it just depends on the density of the material.<br><br>
Also of concern is that cats can develop hepatic lipidosis if they do not eat for an extended period of time (like for a week), which just compounds the problem.<br><br>
It is pretty hard to force feed cats. You could try wrapping him in a towel like a burrito to keep him still. An extra pair of hands might be helpful too. They make some syringes w/ a long curved tip that can aid in forcefeeding also, your vet might have some.<br><br>
what is your cat's name? I hope he's feeling better soon.
 

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So 1200 dollars later and the vet has concluded it's a virus. A VIRUS! I had bloodwork, urinalysis, x-rays, sonogram, stool sample and an enema done on top of anti nausea pills, pepcid, laxatone, appetite stimulant and finally, probably the only thing he really needed - antibiotics. I'm incredibly annoyed that the vet did not discover this first thing. He didn't have a fever yesterday but when I went back today after finding out that his white blood cell count was really low he had a slight temp. yet the vet still sent me to have a 360 dollar sonogram done. He's finally eating though, thanks to the appetite stimulants and antibiotics. Lets hope he keeps it down and eats some more. I thought cats were EASY!! I've had the toughest time with this little guy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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A toothache won't make an otherwise healthy cat completely stop eating for 5 days...<br><br>
For such a young cat this is very concerning. Hopefully your vet will figure out today what is wrong with him. Is he the type to eat things he should not? Does he chew up toys, towels or plastics? Or maybe he found something in the yard if he goes outside. That is the most common thing I see where young cats get sick so acutely, something is stuck in their GI tract. Sometimes it shows up on x-rays, sometimes it does not, it just depends on the density of the material.<br><br>
Also of concern is that cats can develop hepatic lipidosis if they do not eat for an extended period of time (like for a week), which just compounds the problem.<br><br>
It is pretty hard to force feed cats. You could try wrapping him in a towel like a burrito to keep him still. An extra pair of hands might be helpful too. They make some syringes w/ a long curved tip that can aid in forcefeeding also, your vet might have some.<br><br>
what is your cat's name? I hope he's feeling better soon.</div>
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His name is Bruiser. Thanks you for your response! I tried the burrito wrap, that was a disaster. But thankfully he's eaten some dinner tonight. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Ouch...sorry about the vet bill! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> Been there, done that.<br>
I hope Bruiser will be on the mend now...keep us posted!
 

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I thought cats were EASY!! I've had the toughest time with this little guy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("></div>
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Living with companion animals is never easy. It's just like having children! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Glad to hear he's eating now but I'm sorry about the vet bill and all the stress. Hopefully Bruiser will continue to eat and get better.
 

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Virus? Antibiotics?<br><br>
But anyways, good to learn he's doing better.
 

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Virus? Antibiotics?</div>
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vegkid's right. Antibiotics are for killing bacteria, not viruses. It's crazy not only how many vets, but how many <i>doctors</i> inappropriately prescribe antibiotics. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> If the antibiotics are what's helped Bruiser, then it likely wasn't a virus, and sometimes people and animals get better while taking antibiotics, but it's just the immune system doing its thing, regardless of or despite the meds.<br><br>
How's the little guy doing now? Hope everything's better now...
 

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Living with companion animals is never easy. It's just like having children! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Except you don't have to worry about college tuition.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
I'm glad you found out. I might've said hairball, if he's a long hair that grooms a lot. As for his brother, I think he knew what was wrong, and didn't know how else to communicate with you.
 

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Except you don't have to worry about college tuition.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
I'm glad you found out. I might've said hairball, if he's a long hair that grooms a lot. As for his brother, I think he knew what was wrong, and didn't know how else to communicate with you.</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> Cats are very sensitive creatures, I wouldn't be surprised if the brother attacked you because he was stressed about Bruiser's illness.
 

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vegkid's right. Antibiotics are for killing bacteria, not viruses. It's crazy not only how many vets, but how many <i>doctors</i> inappropriately prescribe antibiotics. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> If the antibiotics are what's helped Bruiser, then it likely wasn't a virus, and sometimes people and animals get better while taking antibiotics, but it's just the immune system doing its thing, regardless of or despite the meds.<br><br>
How's the little guy doing now? Hope everything's better now...</div>
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I think that people tend to blur the lines between the terminology between "bacteria" and "virus" more than they tend to prescribe medications that are inappropriate for that specific illness. As in, people will sometimes refer to a bacterial infection as a virus ("There's a nasty virus going around!", "Flesh-eating virus", etc) even though it, in fact, needs antibiotics.
 

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Hope he is doing better!!
 

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So 1200 dollars later and the vet has concluded it's a virus. A VIRUS! I had bloodwork, urinalysis, x-rays, sonogram, stool sample and an enema done on top of anti nausea pills, pepcid, laxatone, appetite stimulant and finally, probably the only thing he really needed - antibiotics. I'm incredibly annoyed that the vet did not discover this first thing. He didn't have a fever yesterday but when I went back today after finding out that his white blood cell count was really low he had a slight temp. yet the vet still sent me to have a 360 dollar sonogram done. He's finally eating though, thanks to the appetite stimulants and antibiotics. Lets hope he keeps it down and eats some more. I thought cats were EASY!! I've had the toughest time with this little guy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("></div>
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Wow $1200! I hope he's still doing better. Do you go to a smaller local vet? Sounds like they might have been trying to squeeze money from you doing all those extra tests, I don't think x-rays and all that are required to spot a virus or infection, let alone a sonogram. We even rescued a cat that was hit by a car who had to have two major surgeries and had bad breaks in her leg and hip bones, and the bill was still only a little over 1200, most of which was for all the referrals, emergency fees, and fees for having her in their care for about a month.
 
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