Q. Lethargic won't eat. Foggy

Tue, Jul 11, 2023

She's lethargic, not eating. Was fine for a while but back to what's seemingly dehydration or fatal kitten syndrome. I'm not an expert. But she was just laying there and I picked her up, gave her honey and water she started to come out of what my guess was, shock. And she was fine and eating. Three or 4 hours later after I've given her tiny bits of formula mixed with water she is not eating again. I'm worried she may die, no sign of infection, I tried getting a temp but I'm scared. Her ears aren't hot. Her eyes look fine. she's very lathargic

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Based on the symptoms you described, it sounds like your cat is experiencing lethargy, loss of appetite, and overall weakness. These symptoms can be concerning, especially in a young kitten.

One possible explanation for your cat's condition could be dehydration. Dehydration can occur when a cat doesn't drink enough water or loses fluids due to illness. It's important to keep your cat hydrated, so it was a good idea to offer her honey and water. However, it's crucial to determine the underlying cause of her symptoms to provide appropriate treatment.

Since you mentioned the possibility of fatal kitten syndrome, it's important to note that this condition refers to a range of health issues that can affect young kittens. These issues may include failure to thrive, weakness, and decreased appetite. Fatal kitten syndrome can be caused by various factors, such as infections, birth defects, or inadequate care.

While it's helpful to provide small amounts of formula mixed with water, it's essential to monitor your cat closely and seek veterinary attention as soon as possible. A veterinarian will be able to examine your cat more thoroughly and conduct tests to identify the underlying cause of her symptoms. They can also check her body temperature, as it can provide important information about her overall health.

In the meantime, make sure your cat has a quiet and comfortable environment. Offer her fresh water and continue to monitor her closely for any changes in her condition. Keep an eye out for signs of infection, such as fever, discharge from the eyes or nose, or changes in her breathing pattern.

If you have any additional questions or if your cat's condition worsens, it's important to contact a veterinarian right away. They will be able to provide you with the best advice and guidance based on their professional expertise. I hope she feels better soon!