Q. Drooling Not eating Extremely skinny because of weight loss won't sleep and her mood is different

Tue, Jul 11, 2023

My Cat Is supper skinny she won't eat anything i tried wet food and other foods she only drinks milk she is drooling and is breathing hard out her mouth and she meows a lot and her meow is cranky she won't sleep either
What are causes & treatment?

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As a veterinarian, I understand your concern about your cat's symptoms and I will provide you with a detailed step-by-step explanation of the possible causes and treatment options. However, it is important to note that I cannot provide a definitive diagnosis without physically examining your cat. It is always recommended to consult with a veterinarian for a proper evaluation and treatment plan.

Based on the information you provided, there are several potential causes for your cat's symptoms of drooling, not eating, extreme weight loss, difficulty breathing, excessive meowing, and changes in mood. These symptoms could be indicative of a serious underlying medical condition, and prompt veterinary attention is necessary.

1. Dental Issues: Dental problems such as periodontal disease, tooth decay, or oral infections can cause pain and discomfort, leading to drooling, difficulty eating, and changes in appetite. Dental issues can also lead to weight loss due to the inability to eat properly.

2. Gastrointestinal Disorders: Conditions like gastritis, pancreatitis, or inflammatory bowel disease can cause nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, and changes in bowel movements. These conditions may require diagnostic tests such as blood work, fecal examination, and imaging to determine the exact cause.

3. Infectious Diseases: Viral or bacterial infections, such as feline leukemia virus (FeLV) or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), can weaken the immune system and cause a variety of symptoms including weight loss, decreased appetite, and changes in behavior. These infections can be diagnosed through blood tests.

4. Metabolic Disorders: Conditions like hyperthyroidism or diabetes can lead to weight loss, increased thirst, increased urination, and changes in appetite. Blood tests can help diagnose these conditions.

5. Respiratory Issues: Difficulty breathing through the mouth and excessive drooling may indicate respiratory problems such as upper respiratory infections, asthma, or pneumonia. These conditions can be diagnosed through a physical examination and possibly further tests like X-rays or blood work.

6. Stress or Anxiety: Cats can exhibit changes in behavior and appetite due to stress or anxiety. Major life changes, environmental factors, or underlying medical conditions can contribute to these symptoms. Identifying and addressing the underlying cause of stress is important for your cat's well-being.

It is crucial to monitor your cat closely for any additional symptoms or worsening of the current symptoms. If you notice any of the following, it is recommended to seek immediate veterinary care:

- Severe difficulty breathing or open-mouth breathing
- Lethargy or weakness
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Dehydration (dry gums, sunken eyes, decreased skin elasticity)
- Inability to urinate or defecate
- Seizures or collapse

At home, you can try to make your cat comfortable by providing a quiet and stress-free environment. Ensure fresh water is available at all times and offer small, frequent meals of a highly palatable wet food. However, it is important to note that these measures are temporary and should not replace veterinary care.

In conclusion, the symptoms your cat is experiencing can be caused by various underlying medical conditions. It is crucial to consult with a veterinarian as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. They will be able to perform a thorough examination, run necessary tests, and provide the best course of action for your cat's specific situation.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.