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December 10th 05, 03:40 PM
Hi there,

My 7 year old neutered longhair male tabby Sasha has suddenly lost his
appetite. He has been an indoor cat all his life. Sasha is normally a
ravenous eater and eats dry kibble throughout the day and 1/2 a can of
Fancy Feast in the morning and at night. Recently he won't eat any
solid food at all. He just looks at it, licks his lips and runs away.

I took him to the vet who said his blood work was normal. He also took
x-rays which showed everything as normal except for an white fuzzy spot
in his intestine, which he suspects may be a mass causing the cause of
his loss of appetite. Sasha normally vomits out his hair once a week,
and because I can't remember when he last did this, I suspect this mass
is his own hair.

The vet prescrbed some Amoxil anibiotic and 1ml of Lactalose to help
him eliminate the mass. The vet also said tto watch for vomiting, as
this would indicate a worsening condition warranting a barium x-ray.

Right now, Sasha is still energetic, drinks water, doesn't vomit, and
is very alert. I hope that everything goes OK, and he starts to eat
soon. I am always reminded by the vet of fatty liver disease. It's been
about 3 days already, since I last saw him eat solid food. I started
the lactulose today, and I'm hoping he eliminates whatever problem he
has in his intestine.

Has anyone else ever had this happen to their cat? I would appreciate
any suggestions .

Thanks

J. Martin
December 10th 05, 05:17 PM
> wrote in message
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> Hi there,
>
> My 7 year old neutered longhair male tabby Sasha has suddenly lost his
> appetite. He has been an indoor cat all his life. Sasha is normally a
> ravenous eater and eats dry kibble throughout the day and 1/2 a can of
> Fancy Feast in the morning and at night. Recently he won't eat any
> solid food at all. He just looks at it, licks his lips and runs away.
>
> I took him to the vet who said his blood work was normal. He also took
> x-rays which showed everything as normal except for an white fuzzy spot
> in his intestine, which he suspects may be a mass causing the cause of
> his loss of appetite. Sasha normally vomits out his hair once a week,
> and because I can't remember when he last did this, I suspect this mass
> is his own hair.
>
> The vet prescrbed some Amoxil anibiotic and 1ml of Lactalose to help
> him eliminate the mass. The vet also said tto watch for vomiting, as
> this would indicate a worsening condition warranting a barium x-ray.
>
> Right now, Sasha is still energetic, drinks water, doesn't vomit, and
> is very alert. I hope that everything goes OK, and he starts to eat
> soon. I am always reminded by the vet of fatty liver disease. It's been
> about 3 days already, since I last saw him eat solid food.

I'm assuming you took him to the vet today and the vet felt it was justified
to send him home without hosptalizing him. I don't think you should wait
for him to start eating on his own. You are right to be concerned about the
onset of fatty liver due to his loss of appetite. Offer canned tuna or
chicken baby food to stimulate his appetite. Warming it up a bit helps too.
If he won't eat that then ask your vet for a 35 ml catheter tip syringe and
A/D food and syringe feed him at home. He should eat a mimimum of one can
of A/D daily and preferably more. I wouldn't wait too long before bringing
him back to the vet if he does not resume eating.

J. dvm


I started
> the lactulose today, and I'm hoping he eliminates whatever problem he
> has in his intestine.
>
> Has anyone else ever had this happen to their cat? I would appreciate
> any suggestions .
>
> Thanks
>

December 10th 05, 06:30 PM
Thanks for the advice.

Actually, he came back from the vet yesterday. The vet didn't feel that
it was necessary to hospitalize him, and wanted to try him as an
outpatient at home with the antibiotics and Lactulose.

He is very uncooperative with syringe feeding of his medication, and I
hope I don't have to resort to syringe feeding him food as well. Now,
he is very wary of me approaching him, because I have to hold him very
firmly in order to give him the medication.

I will try the tuna and chicken baby food tonight and see how it goes.

Thanks again.

December 12th 05, 12:39 AM
wrote:
> Thanks for the advice.
>
> Actually, he came back from the vet yesterday. The vet didn't feel that
> it was necessary to hospitalize him, and wanted to try him as an
> outpatient at home with the antibiotics and Lactulose.
>
> He is very uncooperative with syringe feeding of his medication, and I
> hope I don't have to resort to syringe feeding him food as well. Now,
> he is very wary of me approaching him, because I have to hold him very
> firmly in order to give him the medication.
>
> I will try the tuna and chicken baby food tonight and see how it goes.
>
> Thanks again.

Well, Sasha never ate any of the tuna.
Now I've started to syringe feed my buddy Hill's A/D from the vet.
Hopefully his
appetite will return soon. He still drinks water OK and doesn't vomit.
Also, his behaviour is still the same as normal, except for a decrease
in his activity level.

I still don't know why he stopped eating all of a sudden.

J. Martin
December 12th 05, 12:49 PM
> wrote in message
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> wrote:
>
> Well, Sasha never ate any of the tuna.
> Now I've started to syringe feed my buddy Hill's A/D from the vet.
> Hopefully his
> appetite will return soon. He still drinks water OK and doesn't vomit.
> Also, his behaviour is still the same as normal, except for a decrease
> in his activity level.
>
> I still don't know why he stopped eating all of a sudden.
>


You ought to arrange a recheck with your vet very soon. At this point there
may be changes your vet can detect which will aid in making a diagnosis. An
abdominal ultrasound exam would be a good idea, especially to investigate
the potential lesion on his intestine. You may also want to ask your vet if
s/he thinks it might be appropriate to prescribe an appetite stimulant such
a ciproheptadine. Placing an esophageal feeding tube may also be an avenue
to consider.

J.

Rhonda
December 12th 05, 05:24 PM
You know something is wrong, and sometimes it takes more than one vet to
find it. I would definitely take her to another vet today for a second
opinion. She's counting on you to be persistent to get to the bottom of
the problem!

Good luck,

Rhonda

wrote:

>
> Well, Sasha never ate any of the tuna.
> Now I've started to syringe feed my buddy Hill's A/D from the vet.
> Hopefully his
> appetite will return soon. He still drinks water OK and doesn't vomit.
> Also, his behaviour is still the same as normal, except for a decrease
> in his activity level.
>
> I still don't know why he stopped eating all of a sudden.
>
>

December 17th 05, 05:00 PM
Rhonda wrote:
> You know something is wrong, and sometimes it takes more than one vet to
> find it. I would definitely take her to another vet today for a second
> opinion. She's counting on you to be persistent to get to the bottom of
> the problem!
>
> Good luck,
>
> Rhonda
>
> wrote:
>
> >
> > Well, Sasha never ate any of the tuna.
> > Now I've started to syringe feed my buddy Hill's A/D from the vet.
> > Hopefully his
> > appetite will return soon. He still drinks water OK and doesn't vomit.
> > Also, his behaviour is still the same as normal, except for a decrease
> > in his activity level.
> >
> > I still don't know why he stopped eating all of a sudden.
> >
> >
Sorry I didn't update sooner...

Sasha's appetite has returned, but he is still not eating as much as he
used to. I have supplemented his diet with syringe feedings of Hill's
A/D (about 36mls). I'm just happy that he doesn't run away from his
food like he used to before.

The course of antibiotics has ended, and I hope Sasha is on the road to
a resumption of his full appetite. His drinking is normal. I noticed a
bowel movement the other day. The stool did not seem abnormal.
Urination seems normal as well.

Thanks for the advice.

Rhonda
December 19th 05, 05:39 AM
Good luck to you and Sasha. Sounds like he's feeling better.

Rhonda

wrote:


> Sorry I didn't update sooner...
>
> Sasha's appetite has returned, but he is still not eating as much as he
> used to. I have supplemented his diet with syringe feedings of Hill's
> A/D (about 36mls). I'm just happy that he doesn't run away from his
> food like he used to before.
>
> The course of antibiotics has ended, and I hope Sasha is on the road to
> a resumption of his full appetite. His drinking is normal. I noticed a
> bowel movement the other day. The stool did not seem abnormal.
> Urination seems normal as well.
>
> Thanks for the advice.
>
>