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What is Lethargy?

Because cats naturally sleep a large percentage of their day, especially older cats, you may not be immediately aware of lethargy indicating that something may be medically wrong with your cat. Lethargy is an indication of your cat not feeling well and could relate to a relatively minor medical condition or could be a sign of a more serious illness. Careful investigation by your veterinarian will be required to narrow down the cause.

Symptoms of lethargy in cats are abnormal sleepiness, low energy, and lack of response to surroundings. Lethargy is not a condition or disease in itself, but can be a sign that something is wrong with your cat. 

Symptoms of Lethargy in Cats

Lethargy is a symptom in itself and is characterized primarily by the following:

  • General inactivity
  • Lack of interest or response to surroundings
  • Lack of energy
  • Sleepiness or drowsiness

Other symptoms that commonly coincide with and are associated with causes of lethargy are:

  • Weight gain
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Thirst/increase in urination
  • Jaundice
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Dull hair coat/loss of hair
  • Behavioral changes, e.g. aggression

In addition, there may be specific symptoms present that are indicative of a specific medical disease or condition.

Causes of Lethargy in Cats

Cats sleep a lot by nature, however, excessive sleep or inactivity could be a sign of illness. Rest is your cat's natural response to not feeling well and could be a normal part of recovery from a minor condition or it could be an indicator of a more severe condition.

Common causes of lethargy:

  • Being overfed
  • Being under exercised
  • Parasitic infection
  • Stress
  • Depression/too little stimulation
  • Medication side effects
  • Arthritis in older cats
  • Hairballs (can become serious if causing blockage)
  • Obesity
  • Infection with a minor common virus such as cat flu

Other more serious conditions that are common in cats and cause lethargy are:

  • Diabetes
  • Viral infections such as feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) or feline leukemia virus (FeLV)
  • Bacterial infection 
  • Abscesses from bites by other cats
  • Musculoskeletal injury
  • Heartworm
  • Anemia
  • Urinary tract infections

Less common but serious conditions that could cause lethargy in your cat are:

  • Protozoal infection
  • Cardiovascular disorder such as heart disease
  • Respiratory problems resulting in low oxygen levels such as asthma
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Heatstroke
  • Cancer
  • Organ failure (kidney or liver disease)
  • Poisoning
  • Neurological Disorders

Diagnosis of Lethargy in Cats

Your veterinarian will perform a complete physical upon presentation of a lethargic cat. Diagnosis is complicated as there are many possible causes of lethargy in cats which range from mild to severe, as lethargy is a symptom of most illnesses and disorders. Your veterinarian will require a complete medical history of your cat including detailed description of symptoms in order to narrow down a possible cause. In addition, you should let your veterinarian know about any changes to your cat’s environment or exposures they may have had recently. Your vet will look for injuries and abscesses, skin problems, swelling, and signs of pain or discomfort during the physical exam that may help determine the cause of the lethargy.

The following tests are commonly ordered to narrow down the cause of lethargy:

  • Urinalysis and blood tests to check blood count and look for factors that would indicate illness, bacterial infections, and viral infections
  • Fecal sample to check for parasites
  • Ultrasound to reveal abnormalities in organs or tumors
  • Chest x-ray to reveal tumors or fluid buildup
  • Diabetes test
  • FIV and FELV tests
  • Heartworm tests

Treatment of Lethargy in Cats

Treatment of lethargy will depend on the identified cause. General treatment of the symptom lethargy often includes an improved diet and supplements, such as iron supplements for anemia. It may also include intravenous fluids or oxygen therapy if required. Rest is also prescribed for lethargic cats that require it. Painkillers may also be prescribed if pain is a factor in your pet’s condition.

Common treatments prescribed for cats with lethargy according to their respective causes are:

  • Antibiotics for bacterial infection
  • Dewormer for parasites or heartworm
  • Surgery for removal of tumors or to repair injury
  • Antiviral medication for viruses
  • Antidepressants for depression or stress
  • Diet and insulin for treatment of diabetes

Further treatment specific to the cat’s medical condition will be prescribed as appropriate.

Recovery of Lethargy in Cats

Your pet will require follow-up care specific to the medical condition that was the cause of the lethargy.

Administration of any special diet and supplements prescribed by your veterinarian should be continued. If depression or stress were factors, a change to your cat’s environment may be needed to address this. 

A lethargic cat may be in need of recuperation and should be given a low stress, comfortable environment and be allowed to rest.

Lethargy Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

cristopher nolan
Persian
6 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drowsiness loss of appetite
Drowsiness

Hi,my kitten is a 6 months old boy
and he's been sleepy and drowsy for about a week and since yesterday he 's lost his appetite and he's not keen on eating
he doesn't seem to have any pain and defecates and urinates regularly and there's nothing unusal about it
recently he has been having some twitches in his face and tail
But he has been completely vaccinated and he hasn't been bitten by any animal

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1252 Recommendations
Kittens are prone to infectious disease and foreign bodies, and christopher nolan should be examined by a veterinarian if his appetite is decreased and he is lethargic. They will be able to determine what might be going on, and recommend any possible treatment for him.

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Cece
short haired
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating Outside Litterbox

Medication Used

Metrobactin

My cat has been on antibiotics for the past week due to a problem with her anal glands and has been fine up until the last couple of days, all she is doing is sleeping and no interest in anything, she is normally a very affectionate cat but when I tried to clap her she growled at me ( she never growls at me ) I also noticed she urinated on the kitchen floor outside her box and never does this, her box is clean so I know that wasn’t the problem, she is eating a little.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Cece has changed behavior in the last few days and seems lethargic and grumpy, she may be having a problem unrelated to her anal glands. It would be a good idea to have her rechecked by your veterinarian, as that is not what they expected in her recovery, I suspect. I hope that she is okay.

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Maizy
Calico
3 Years
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

will not eat
Will not eat or drink.
will not eat or drink

My daughters cat is sleeping all of the time and will not eat or drink. Her blood work and X-rays showed nothing. They gave her fluids , pain killers, antibiotics and just now Valium to stimulate her appetite. This cat has moved with my daughter in the last two months. Also she got a new cat which the sick cat has seemed ok with for 3 weeks. Could it be severe depression?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms described are vague and may be attributable to various conditions; however this may be behavioural due to a new cat but I cannot say with certainty that this is the cause. You could try moving the over cat out for a week to see if there are any changes in Maizy’s behaviour and appetite; without examining Maizy I cannot really say anything else. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ava
I’m not sure
8 Days
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Excessive Sleeping
Excessive meowing
Loss of Appetite

Well one day my brother found a newborn cat abandoned by a tree beside our house. The kitten hadn’t even opened it’s eyes yet. So, we picked her up and put her in a small box with covers. That night, we noticed that she didn’t really want to eat. It was a real struggle to get her to eat a decent amount. I thought it was normal though because she’s a newborn. She was also Always sleeping and not very energetic at all. She meowed excessively. I didn’t realize these were all possible signs of her dying. I though it was Normal for a newborn kitten who hadnt even opened her eyes yet. She did eat a decent amount sometimes but I also noticed that she didn’t use the bathroom not even a little bit later that day after she passed. One night After holding her until she fell asleep, we put her in her little box with the covers. We woke up and she was still sleeping. She would usually be up. That’s when we realized she passed. My question is do you think she had this? I cried all day and decided to look up signs of kittens dying and the symptoms were similar. Although we only had her for a few days, I really cared for her. She didn’t deserve this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In newborn kittens it is difficult to say what the cause of death is, there are a variety of factors including infections, environmental issues, congenital disorders among many others which may cause an early death. I understand that this is distressing for you, but I am unable to offer any indication to a possible cause unfortunately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Weasley
Orange tabby
5 Weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

very little playing
Sleepiness
Not eating much

A feral cat in my neighborhood had kittens and brought them up to my house. We caught the kittens and have been giving them wet food, kitten chow, and milk alternately. One of the kittens is smaller than the others and was doing great playing, eating, and wrestling with his litter mates until this morning. Today he hasn't played much and has basically slept or laid around about 85-90% of the day. Any ideas on what could be wrong with him or what to do would be greatly appreciated.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Kittens are very prone to infectious diseases, especially with unvaccinated mothers. Weasley may have been born with a physical problem, or a disease that he is being affected by. If he continues to decline, it would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian.

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BabyGirl
stray
15 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

February, my cat was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, nothing wrong with her eyes, teeth, gums, lymph nodes, liver, kidneys, etc. Just some gas. Cut to, weight loss and extensive vomiting. They put her on prednisone. Different vet in beginning of June, said she's full of fluid, can't tell if it's the liver, her hardened kidneys, or heart, but assume it's a cancerous tumor that burst and I should put her down!? I took her home and she's been eating and drinking and peeing but losing weight and not pooping enough. Past two days she's very lethargic and lays in bathroom on tile, but still eats like she's starved too death and drinking. I thought if I could get all the Prednisone out of her system another opinion could be more clear and concise, however, the lack of poop and not quite making all the way in her litter box to pee is concerning. I'm not sure if she's dying, and I'm afraid to take her to the vet because she gets soooo stressed out and needs gabapentin to calm her, and I really don't want to keep giving her drugs. I need help with any direction. Her left eye has became goopy with mucous the past two days and she's not able to open it all the way, her nose is dry, but she's drinking. I'm afraid another vet will tell me to put her down and miss something that could help her. I've had her from 3 days old and she's 15 now. We have had cats, because they don't go out, live until 19, 20 and 21. This cat fights for her life when I take her to the vet, I know she doesn't want to die and I'm scared of a misdiagnosis.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Misdiagnosis among other issues are common concerns of pet owners especially in older animals where they think that it is easier for the Veterinarian to just suggest euthanasia instead of diagnosing and treating the condition. Without examining BabyGirl it is not possible for me to weigh in and give any meaningful advice here, but if you have concerns I would recommend visiting at least two different Veterinarians from two different practices to see if their advice correlates. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Midnight
Not sure
8 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Crying
Sleepiness
Excessive licking in butt area
Purring

My cat is miserable. She's purring crying constantly licking back there.planting her butt in air.and like contracting she's banging and rubbing her head on things.what do I do

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Midnight, I can't say for sure what may be wrong with her, but she may have an infection, or she may be coming into heat. She should be seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible for an examination to determine the best treatment options for her, which may include spaying her. I hope everything goes well for her.

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Gingey
Unknown short hair
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Constipation
Lethargy

Medication Used

Laevolac

Hi There,

My cat has been to the vet several times over the last few weeks. The initial symptoms were lack of appetite and extreme lethargy.

After some antibiotics and laxatives (as constipation could be felt) an x-ray was done and a blockage could be seen.

There was a week of about normal activity until lethargy resumed but eating continued as normal. At the vet again and laxatives have been prescribed for the next few weeks. However, our cat is still very lethargic (which is extremely uncharacteristic). Could the medication be causing this?

Sometimes he is also walking tenderly, however we cannot located a specific source of any pain.

Any help would be appreciated!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The lethargy may be due to the discomfort of an obstruction, the discomfort may also have an effect on Gingey’s gait as well; medications used may also cause lethargy as well. Continue with the course of treatment given by your Veterinarian and once Gingey has recovered, it may be worth mixing a little plain canned pumpkin in with the food to keep the bowels moving. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tuffy cat
Manx
4 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Extreme lethargy. Not eating, drink

My 4 year old male cat was injured on his right rear leg, possibly a cat fight..I took him to local vet, it was cleaned with soap and water then peroxide, no temp via rectal thermometer and I was told to continue spraying it with peroxide and to keep it clean. I added topical antibiotic. I return to the dr because my cat is so lethargic he was nearly non-responsive to sound or touch. They dispensed liquid amoxicillin once daily. The wound looks much better and is no longer sore to touch but he’s so lethargic even after 48 hours on antibiotics. I’ve noticed him either wheezing with abdominal contractions or trying to retch so they added a hairball remedy too. I’m afraid he’s so sleepy and non responsive to sounds, especially when I call to him. Even when I pet him it takes him a while to wake up. I have an appointment this afternoon to take him in, which will be the second time he will be seen, they just let me pick up the other meds with no office visit. I’m going to ask for. Baseline bloodwork at a minimum, what are your recommendations? I’m scared to death something is really wrong w him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Two days of antibiotics are still early days in treatment, especially if all the lethargy is caused by an infection; without examining Tuffy Cat I cannot give any specific recommendation, however he should get examined by the Veterinarian at this visit and they will determine what further testing is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sylvester
Black cat
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy, dazed,confused, And does

My cat had one kitten last July we decided to keep them since there was only one. He’s 11 months old now and about every 4 to 5 weeks he acts very lethargic, dazed and confused, holds his paw and a water bowl And does not clean himself. At first I thought it was the litter because he likes to use his paw while he drinks even though he knows how to drink normal ! I’ve changed it several times but this continues to happen, it last for a few days but this time it seems a little worse.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I"m not sure if it is possible for Sylvester to be getting into anything that he shouldn't, as that is strange that the episodes only occur every 4-5 weeks and then get better. It would probably be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian while he is having one of these episodes so that they can see what is going on with him and figure out how to help him.

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Layla
Not sure
7 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Tired

My seven month old Kitten had kittens. It's been a week now. She is the same loving kitten, but seems to have no energy when she's not feeding her kittens.

(I found her as a stray and was not aware she was pregnant)

Feeding her a combination of wet and dry food (since having only feed her dry while she was pregnant)

Her weight seems normal (belly looks a little big) and I have food and water out for her all the time.

I haven't taken her to the vet yet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2743 Recommendations
Nursing takes a lot of energy and nutrition from a mother and the diet should be increased to ensure that Layla is getting enough nutrition for herself and the kittens; there are lactation diets available from the main commercial food companies which are balanced for a nursing mother. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zelda
Tortoiseshell cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

not drinking
Sleepiness
Back spasm
lack of appetite
Not Eating
Lack of energy

Medication Used

N/A

I just adopted a rescue cat on May 18th. She got spayed on May 11th and all of her shots+ her testing for feline leukemia (negative). When I picked her up from her foster home, the lady commented about how little she had eaten. I brought her home and she was exploring and being active. I put dry food in her dish because that is what they told me she was eating, she didn't want anything to do with it. I opened a can of wet food that they gave me and she gobbled up the entire can. She snuggled up in bed with me and slept. On May 19th she moved around, not as much as she had on the 18th. She was sleeping a lot more, but she was pooping solid and peeing. She only eat 1/4 of a can of food, I figured since she wasn't really active and it is a new environment that she just wasn't hungry. She came up to bed with me and slept. May 20th (Yesterday/Today. I haven't slept yet) She did not get out of bed when I did, she had been asleep in my bed since 11 oclock the night before. I checked on her a couple of times and she purred when I pet her and didn't move away from me. I figured maybe she was stressed because of the new environment so I left her. At 7pm I went upstairs and she was still asleep. I picked her up and moved her downstairs and opened up a jar of food, she smelled it but didn't touch it. She peed and went back upstairs into bed. This is when I started feeling extremely concerned. I contacted the rescue agency to see if this was normal, the inactivity. They said they were going to get their health consultant to call me and she will recommend what I should do next. It is now 4:14am. I brought her downstairs to try to get her to eat, she smelled it, and smelled her water but did not touch it. She walked to her litter box, smelled it and walked in the kitchen. She walked around for a bit and she had what seemed like a muscle twitch/spasm in her back. I brought her back upstairs and now when she wants to move she barely gets up and flops over to lay down. She is still mostly accepting affection, but she has not eaten or drank today. What should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I do think that Zelda needs to have medical attention, as that is not normal behavior for a healthy cat, and it seems that it may have started before you adopted her. If the rescue agency is able to offer care, it would be best to talk to the health consultant when they call and see what they can do for her. Alternatively, you can have her seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to examine her, take her vital signs, and determine what might be going on with her. I hope that she is okay.

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Kitty
Short
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hiding
Weakness
Disorientation
Lethargy

Over the last 1-2 weeks our normal, healthy house at has started hiding -all day. Not coming out to hear. When we find her - she can’t hold her head up and is very weak. Take her to her food and she eats -slowly but she’s definitely hungry. In the beginning she acts like she can’t find the food and has her feet in the bowl - again not normal. She crouches to walk and when we pick her up - she makes a low guttural meow and her head rolls back. Took her to the vet- he ran a panel Checking organs, thyroid, wbc, Ric, glucose. All normal. Seems to me to be neurological but nothing in the house has changed in the last 2 weeks. Should I be focusing on a specific area with the vet - he seemed clueless. Could it be that she’s just elderly and in her final stages. I’ve only adopted her 18mos ago and I really don’t know much about cats . Help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Kitty I cannot start to determine an underlying cause; if the cause is neurological then it wouldn’t show up on blood tests. I would discuss with your Veterinarian about getting a referral to a Neurologist for a more in depth examination to help determine an underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jack
Domestic long haried
11 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Hi,

Yesterday my 11 year old cat displayed a sudden case of lethargy and loss of appetite. He usually has a very healthy appetite. He slept with me last night and did not move until I woke this morning. Again I offered him food, but he turned it down and was content to lay on the floor. He did eat little bit of wet food when I presented it to him, but left most of it untouched. He is now laying in my bed in the same position I placed him in two hours ago.
He is purring now, which he did not do yesterday. And he seems a little more alert but this lethargy is extremely out of character for him. We have two other cats that seem to be feeling just fine.
He is not having any difficulty breathing, not vomitting, and doesn't appear to be in pain. Just completely lethargic and uninterested in food and water. These symptoms came out of nowhere 24 hours ago.

Thank you for your help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lethargy is a very vague symptom and may be caused by a variety of different conditions, if Jack is also off his food it may be due to abdominal pain or something similar; without examining him I cannot give you any more specific information I’m afraid. You should ensure that Jack is keeping hydrated, but if there is no improvement I would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian before the weekend to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your advice. Hydrating Jack really perked him up. Unfortunately he is really sick . We took him to the vet and found out he has a very aggressive form of abdominal cancer and is bleeding internally. He was given a grim prognosis, but is not in any pain. We are trying to keep him comfortable and let him pass at home. As long as he drinks water he is perky and playful. But it is hard to convince him to drink. Thank you again for your advice and assistance.

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Stray
None
9 Months
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

There’s outdoor stray cats that our neighbor feeds and today one of them(female) seems very weak and her eyes seem watery. She gets up to move to another place to be alone. I’m afraid she can be sick, but not sure what medicine to give her. Recently the cats around were mating with her, so now I️ don’t know if she’s pregnant or if she’s sick or even has worms since her stomach has been bigger than her sister cat. The bloating in her stomach has been for a few months while she has gotten bigger, even before she was in heat recently. Please help!
Thanks in advance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining this stray I cannot say what the cause of her symptoms are and if I could examine her, her history would be vague at best; there are a few possible causes including worms, infections, pregnancy (either healthy or not), poisoning, trauma, foreign objects among many other possible causes. I cannot recommend any prescription medicines without examining this cat, but you should try to clean her up and ensure that she is wormed with an effective anthelmintic and her eyes are cleaned. However, if there is any doubt about her health you should take her to a charity clinic for a check over and possible spaying. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hearts
Cat
4 Years
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My 4 year old cat, Hearts, has been sleeping and laying in bed basically for 48 hours. He does get up at some point in the night but I don't know if he's eating or drinking then. I try to stimulate him to get up and move and stand him and he just lays back down. The dogs get into bed with him and instead of him darting out of bed like usual he just lays there and meows. What could be going on for him to have a lack of response to his surroundings and lethargy like this? This has never happened before. He has been losing some hair but I put that Off as possible food allergies and changed foods. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various different causes for lethargy to the level you’re describing which may be due to hormonal conditions, pain (hence meowing), intestinal obstructions, trauma, spinal disorders among many other possibly causes. Given the severity of the symptoms it would be advisable to visit your Veterinarian before the weekend for an examination to determine the underlying cause for this behaviour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mr Sox
Unknown
9 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Hello,
We live in the country & have been adopted by a feral cat. He is a sweet boy that we got fixed and his shots about 2 years ago. They think he was approx. 8 at that time. Last year around this time he almost died. He had a blockage in his ureter. His temp was 92 and his organs were shutting down, having trouble urinating,ect. He had 3 weeks of care and IV, meds and stayed with a foster woman to care for him. He bounced back and was returned to us and was back to normal. The last year hes been friendly to my husband and I, even the dogs. The last 3 days he has been slower, rather than running when its feeding time he just walks, he doesn't eat as much of the hard food (special diet) so I've been feeding him soft which he eats, he seems to want to rest alot and seems very mellow which isn't normal. He generally is ALWAYS kneeding and rubbing against anything he can, but not now. He is still purring, eating (soft food) and drinking..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lethargy is a vague symptom unfortunately and without examining Mr Sox it would be impossible for me to determine a specific cause for this lethargic behaviour; if he is eating less, this may be due to dental disorders especially if he is favouring soft food over wet but other conditions may also be causing these symptoms. I would recommend having him checked by a Veterinarian to be on the safe side and to have a urine sample checked. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Izaan
American Shorthair
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Growling
Lethargic

My cat ran outside of the house in the grass area when we opened the door last week to get inside the house. When he ran outside, he got stung by a bee. His right front paw got swollen and I didn’t notice until a couple of hours later. When I noticed the swelling, I immediately took him to the vet. The vet gave him benedryl and right after a steroid injection known as Dexamethasone. My cat has anxiety so he was not happy going to vet. He was upset at all the doctors and nurses. I took him home and he vomited as well as foaming from the mouth and hyperventilating. I decided to let him be and it went away. However, on Saturday he vomited food again and I thought maybe because of the stress. Then Sunday came along and he vomited again. I took him back to the vet on Monday where they gave him fluids, did blood work, and gave him medication for nausea. It didn’t help because he stopped eating and when I tried to feed him something, he finally took it and vomited right after. I took him back to the vet the next day which is Tuesday. They kept him on fluids and gave him an X-ray. They also gave me an appetite stimulator known as entyce and also a different nausea medication. Also, the blood work and X-ray were both normal. He did not vomit after this but it still very lethargic. He is a very playful cat seeing him like this is heartbreaking. I gave him entyce past two days and it helped him eat; however, yesterday after taking entyce he still did not want to eat and was force fed. I called the doctor again and they want me to try the nausea medication because maybe he is still feeling nauseous. He also growls when being picked up. I know he is under a lot of stress because he does have anxiety and has had anxiety in the pass with him having a twitching/spasm back. He said another option would be to get an ultrasound but that would be a far approach. I would please like a second opinion on what you think of the situation. I would appreciate any help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some cats may get highly stressed by a visit to a Veterinarian or going anywhere unfamiliar and it may take some time for them to calm down, for now I would recommend to continue using the appetite stimulant and to get him to eat small portions of food multiple times per day to get his stomach used to food. An ultrasound may be useful to rule out some conditions but still may come back as being inconclusive; as I said, continue to get him to eat and monitor for improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Santo
orange
less than 8 months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy. grumpy
Lethargy

My cat is lethargic suddenly. And he seems defensive. How can I make him comfortable? He stopped being playful. He has been sleeping all day. Does not want to be touched. Whines when disturbed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for why Santo has some behavioural changes which may include illness, pain, parasites, foreign objects, trauma (from a fall in the home) among many other issues. I would keep an eye on him for now and make sure that he is eating/drinking/defecating/urinating but if there is no improvement over the next few days you should visit your Veterinarian as his symptoms are quite vague. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Unger
Cat
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

General lethargy and confusion

Could a tooth ache cause disorientation and lethargy? My cat walks in circles and I've found him standing behind the dryer just staring at the wall. He is around 16 years old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tooth pain doesn’t generally cause these symptoms but a lack of food caused by a reluctance to eat because of the tooth pain may result in weakness and other symptoms; also we need to consider other possible conditions which may include liver disease, kidney disease, infections, poisoning among many other possible conditions. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination and possibly a blood test to check blood counts, liver and kidney function. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Krispy kreme
Ragdoll
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

not pooping

My cat is 2 months old. She is not pooping. She always sleep. And everytime I gave her food, she will just eat a little and then she'll be sleeping again. I don't know what to do anymore. Can you help me? And everytime I wanted to carry her and when I accidentally touches her stomach she moans as if she's hurt. Her stomach is somewhat hard I mean when I'm trying to press it, it is hard not like my other cats' stomach.I don't know what to do. Can you help me?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes of not wanting to defecate and from your question it seems that Krispy Kreme isn’t attempting to visit the litter tray; obstructions, foreign objects, parasites, anal glands, tumours, rectal disorders among other issues may be causing a lack of defecation. In a case like this, it would be easy to say ‘give some plain canned pumpkin to get things moving’ but I feel that may not be sufficient and a visit to your Veterinarian is required, especially if it has been a few days since the last bowel movement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Merida
moggy
11 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nasal Discharge
Lethargy
Sneezing

My 11 week old kitten has had a rough start. She came to me at 6 weeks and had some runny eye issues which we treated with fusidic acid drops. She was sneezing sporadically but otherwise absolutely fine; active eating drinking etc. A couple of weeks later she went for a checkup and had lost weight (since 4 days previously - her sister had colitis so we had been seeing a vet fairly regularly). It was thought to be cat flu. She seemed to pick up a little over the next few days but her lethargy is still not really picking up. And we are now three weeks after that snuffliness and the weight loss. I have weighed her at home with difficulty, and she is putting on weight slowly, eating small amounts of wet food and still using the litter tray regularly. She will watch her sister play, may half heartedly bat at a ball, and then wander off and go back to sleep. Is this just her recovering still or should I be more worried? She is still sneezing a bit and has some snotty nasal discharge.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lethargy is a vague symptom at best and may be caused by just about any conditions affecting cats; it may be that she is recovering still from a previous illness but we would expect to see some improvement day to day. I cannot think of anything constructive to advise since I haven’t examined her and lethargy as well as a little nasal discharge does little to narrow down a diagnosis. Continue to ensure that she is hydrated and if necessary try mixing some water with some smooth wet food and syringe it drop by drop into the mouth. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Misha
Dont know
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepiness

I adopted a stray cat, aprox. 2 months old.
She is very energetic and plays a lot.
I go to work from 8 to 16 and in that time she is alone. She is with me for 2 weeks and all was great until today when I came home from work and saw that she is slow, passive, unamused, didnt react to toys or my voice.. litterally nothing!
She wanted to sleep, waved her tail unsatisfied, drank just a little water when I put her in front of her bowl, ate only treats, pooped when I lift her and put her in sand (poop looked normal to me).
Normally, as said, she is really playful, vocal, runs and jumps alot, plays with her toy balls, loves to be pet..
I am really scared and confused how this happened all of a sudden?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Misha could be just having an off day or there may be something happening with her which may include parasites, infections, foreign objects, poisoning among other causes; keep an eye on her for now, but if there is no improvement after a day or two I would recommend you have her checked over by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Grace
Korat
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tired

My 3 year old female cat is acting very lethargic and disinterested. For the past 24 hours, She has been sleeping in excess and doesn't respond to verbal stimuli, has no appetite and hasn't used the litter box for 18+ hours. She vomited clear mucus and grass yesterday evening, but ate a small portion of wet food afterwords. Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lethargy and vomiting are vague symptoms and may be attributable to many different possible conditions including infections, parasites, foreign objects, trauma, poisoning among other causes. You should keep an eye on Grace for the time being and ensure that she keeps hydrated; if there is no improvement in her symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to help narrow in on an underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tom
mixed
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Increased sleep
Lethargic

Hi. My cat has been been lethargic for a couple of weeks. Not moving just sleeping constantly. He only moves to eat and evacuate his bladder and bowel. His bowel movement seems normal and so does his urine. His breathing seems normal unless trying to purr (no noise produced) in which case it becomes very shallow. He also seems very scared (wide eyed) when woken or moved

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Lethargy is a very vague symptom and may be attributable to many different conditions; pain, infections, parasites, malabsorption, hormonal conditions, cancer, organ failure, neurological conditions among other causes can cause lethargy. I would suggest you visit your Veterinarian for an examination and a blood test to determine what the underlying cause is, without examining him I cannot give much guidance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ellie
Tortoiseshell
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Excessive Sleeping
Lethargy
Loss of Appetite

My cat who will be 1 year old next month is experiencing lethargy, over the last week or so she has been sleeping excessively, not as willing to eat, Not doing any of the normal activities throughout the day that she would normally do for example jumping up into windows and not interested in play you know just being a kitten, we took her to the vet last Tuesday because her breathing seemed heavier than normal, The vet and lesser of words said we were overreacting and she was fine however this Lethargy has continued and I believe has gotten worse I don’t want to waste the vets time or my money taking her back but she is not acting like herself what should we do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. You know Ellie. If she isn't acting normally, you're not wasting anyone's time by having a recheck to have her temperature checked, make sure she's hydrated, and see if she needs any further care. I hope she is okay.

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Sammy
Short Hair Breed
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No eating or interaction

My cat Sammy is always excited to be around me and has been like that for 10 years. All of a sudden, within the last 24 hours, he sleeps, will not eat does not have human contact or the other two cats. When I try to pet him, he walks away and moves to another place in the apartment. He hides behind furniture to avoid my wife and I as well as our other pets. Two nights ago, he did whine for the first time since we adopted him ten years ago. Any suggestions? Thanks

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that Sammy has something going on with him that is making him distant and uncomfortable, whether that might be a painful condition or another problem with his body function. Since I cannot see or examine him, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian so that they can look at him and determine what might be going on. They'll be able to recommend any needed testing or treatment for him.

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Bruce
Domestic long hair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

My cat switched wet foods recently and on day 5 of his transition he had diarrhea, same for day 6. Today he hasn’t eaten much or gone to the bathroom, but he has been super active and played a ton this morning. Should be worried?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Bruce continues to play and act normally otherwise, and his diarrhea is resolving, you may be okay watching him for a few days to make sure that he starts to have normal bowel movements. If he is lethargic, or the diarrhea is continuing, or he starts vomiting, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian. I hope that this is just the food transition and that he is okay!

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Grey
Rescue
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepiness
no energy

My cat has always been skinny no matter how much she eats but the last 2 days she has lost more weight and doesnt do anything. She doesnt follow her normal habits and looks like she has absolutely no energy. She has also been throwing up some the pellets that she ate a while after. What could e the cause? Nothing has been changed in her diet or routine and no new pets have been introduced.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats can be affected by parasites, infectious disease, intestinal infections or food intolerances. Since she does not seem to be thriving, it would be a good idea to have her examined by a veterinarian to have a good physical exam. They can recommend any necessary testing or treatments that might be needed.

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Aiden
domestic short hair
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Defecate
Vomiting

Medication Used

none

My 15 year old male cat is somewhat lethargic. He is sleeping more than usual. He does eat but has thrown up once each day for the last two days. I only feed him high-quality wet food due to tendency for bladder stones. He seems to have some trouble defecating. He didn't go yesterday. Today he went but was straining. He is a 100% indoor cat.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some constipation may cause some lethargy in a cat, however lethargy isn’t a very specific any may be a common symptom among many different conditions. If Aiden is straining I would recommend trying to add some plain canned pumpkin to his wet food to see if it helps, especially if his faeces is hard but if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Survire
Long hair grey kitten
5 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My kitten this morning was lethargic she just wanted to lay in her bed but moving around in bed she had a good stool no worms check to see if a tick and fleas none she past away tonight in her bed but puzzle what could happen?? Even drink some water

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I am unable to think of a specific reason for the passing of Survire, the lethargy would have been indicative of something occurring but without performing a necropsy I couldn’t say what that cause was. Kittens may have congenital issues, infections, liver problems, worms and other conditions which are hidden and may cause sudden death; if you are looking for concrete answers I would suggest having a necropsy done. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ki Ki
grey tabby
19 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Very slow moving.

My 19 year old can has just recently become very slow in moving, hardly walks around and has a watery, darkened right eye. She’s an indoor cat. She does still eat and drink. Something just doesn’t seem right. When I pet her, she seems almost annoyed, but doesn’t seem in pain.
Is she just old and shutting down?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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At nineteen years old, there are many possible causes many of which may be age related; since she is an old girl you should visit your Veterinarian for a physical examination and have a blood test to check blood cell counts, liver function and kidney function at a minimum. Your Veterinarian can also check her eye at the same time as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Huxley
American Shorthair
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Labored breath
Clear discharge from one/both eyes
Lathargic

Huxley is a seven/eight month rescue, he’s had a previous eye infection that was treated, but may have been treated poorly (currently seeing signs of it again) Lately he’s been sleeping all day, he still eats regularly and drinks a lot more frequently. No sneezing, but when he is sleeping his breathing sounds slightly laboured. Not sure if this isn’t another upper respiratory problem or something bigger.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats can be chronically affected by viral disease, and Huxley may need to be examined by a veterinarian to make sure that he is okay. if he is affected by viral disease, there are supplements that may help to keep him healthy, long term.

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Snuggles
Cat
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Pain
Sleepiness.
Sleepiness. Not eating. Pain.

My 14 year old cat snuggles is not active at all. She's been laying around continuously for the last 3 days. She usually stays right by my side every time I move but stopped. Won't let me touch her and if I try to pick her up She hollers like it hurts. Not eating but is urinating. Please help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It sounds like Snuggles needs to see a veterinarian right away. I can't examine her, or determine what is wrong, but she may have an injury or systemic disease, and if she isn't eating, she needs to be seen by a veterinarian. I hope that she is okay.

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Gus
Domestic long hair
15 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

not drinking
Lethargy
Not Eating

My kitten is 25 weeks old. He was an stray found at 2 weeks old and was bottle fed by a foster until 5 weeks, I adopted him at 9 weeks old. He was a normal playful kitten when I got him. He had a bit of a funny walk(lifting paws a bit higher than needed) but other wise good. 4 days after his last round of immunizations he became extremely lethargic, wouldn't eat and hardly moved. I took him to our vet emergency care and they ran all blood tests as well as put him on iv. The next morning the vet informed me that he was back to normal and if the day went well that I could take him home. I picked him up that evening and he had a great night and was good through most of the next, until the evening. He was playing by the stairs and became "wobbly" and fell about 5-6 feet from the stairs. His symptoms after were like those of a seizer. His eyes were glossed over, he was falling over and he was circling around. I rushed him into the 24 hour emergency vet care. All his vitals were good, but he was obviously showing signs of head trauma. We choose to bring him home and monitor him over night until we could see our vet. Again he woke up in the morning as if nothing happened. We still took him to our vet where everything was normal. My vet suggested that this may be a congenital central nervous system issue and prescribed a steroid, an antibiotic and a deworner as a start. After this vet visit I was informed by his foster that he was given metronidazole at 2 weeks old. He had 2 normal days after that. This morning I woke up to him being lethargic and not eating or drinking. His muscles are weak as he will look up at me and his head flops back down as if he can't keep it up. I'm not sure where to go from here.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what may be going on with Gus, some kittens may have issues with congenital deformities especially of the cerebellum which may cause some issues with coordination; however without examining Gus it is difficult to say whether this is the case or not and further testing (CT or MRI) may be required to assist with a diagnosis. I would monitor for any improvement with the treatment prescribed by your Veterinarian and follow up with them if there is no improvement by the end of the course of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bumble
domestic short hair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

My cat is a but lethargic. He seems to be in pain when we pick him up but we can't pinpoint where he's hurting. He's about two years old. He just wants to lay down. He sits at his eater bowl but won't drink. Holds himself up strangely and when he gets into his litter box, he sits as if he's urinating but there's nothing there when he gets up. He threw up just as little bit as well.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. You should have Bumble seen immediately at your closest emergency clinic. he may be having a urinary problem, and blockages can be intensely painful, and life threatening. This cannot wait until the morning. I hope that he is okay.

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