Veterinarians Vancouver WA offer advice for cat care– what to watch for in your cat. If your cat stops eating, it is always a red flag!
Dogs and humans can go a long time without eating, but if a cat stops eating and/or drinking for more than a day, it is always a sign they need veterinary attention. Veterinarians Vancouver WA encourage you to understand that In just a short time of not eating, your cat can becomes seriously dehydrated–even if they are still drinking water, just not eating can cause serious dehydration, and they can go downhill very quickly, so if your cat doesn’t eat for more than a day, it is time to take it to the vet. Here at Claus Paws we are always happy to answer your questions if you cat doesn’t seem right, so please call if you are in doubt at all.
Just remember how important it is to pay attention to your cat’s behavior, and be aware if they are eating and drinking normally, as this can be your very first clue your beloved kitty is sick. Other clues are if your cat is suddenly hungry all the time, eating a lot, and still losing weight, or if the cat is panting or breathing hard. All these are serious.
Here is what your cat needs if it stops eating and/or drinking,or you see any of the other symptoms above, and what you should expect from a visit to the vet. First, a complete exam with weight and temperature taken. If nothing is obvious ( such as a fever indicating an infection) the next step for a proper and fast diagnosis ( time is important) would be to do blood work and a urinalysis. These tests will show many things that a simple exam cannot show . Here are just a few of the common maladies that occur in cats that these test will reveal: Hyperthyroidism, renal (kidney) failure, crystals in the urine, urinary tract infection, diabetes and many other things that a simple external exam can’t reveal. Most of these are treatable and often curable, but they need to be caught before they have made your cat too sick. Here at Claus Paws animal hospital, we never do any unnecessary procedures– we love our animals just as much as you love yours, and we will treat yours as we would our own, with loving and complete care.