About a week ago, my cat, Abby, started acting lethargic. I figured maybe she had a touch of some kitty illness, but otherwise she was fine. I gave her a few days to see if she'd get better, but she stopped eating, barely touched her water, and when she began straining to go poop, I immediately made an appointment with the vet.
She was tested for feline leukemia, which came back negative. Her temperature was a little on the high side, but not quite feverish. The vet gave me a cat laxative and told me to administer it 3 times a day. Eventually, Abby had a few bowel movements, but also lost her meow and began drooling and spitting up a lot. I brought her back to the vet yesterday, where they took some blood and urine for testing, as well as giving her some fluids because she was a little dehydrated. I'm waiting on a call from the vet right now, but I wanted to know if anyone's cats here had ever experienced similar symptoms:
- Near-refusal to eat or drink
- Excessive drooling
- Excessive swallowing and smacking of the lips/tongue
- Loss of voice/meow
- Dry-heaving and occasional spitting up
- General grumpy disposition
I've taken to squirting water into her mouth/throat with a plastic syringe from the vet so she'll get some fluids, and giving her some high-calorie booster paste so she gets some nutrients. She will, on occasion, eat wet food, which I frequently offer, in addition to her usual dry food, which she barely touches. Often, she dry heaves, or wretches, and sometimes thick, sticky spit will come out.
I don't know what the vet's next step will be. Probably an X-ray. I love my cat, but my wallet is taking a huge beating and any advice on what I can do to help her get better would be much appreciated!