Q. Not eating, drinking and gagging

Tue, Jul 11, 2023

Not eating for a few days. Not drinking water often. When he tries to drink water he gags and drools.
What are causes & treatment?

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These symptoms could indicate a few different possibilities.

One potential cause for your cat's symptoms could be an issue with his oral health. Cats can develop dental problems such as gum disease or tooth decay, which can make eating and drinking painful. Inflammation or an infection in the mouth can lead to a reduced appetite and difficulty swallowing without discomfort.

Another possibility is that your cat may be experiencing an upper respiratory infection. These infections can cause a decrease in appetite and thirst, as well as gagging and drooling. Upper respiratory infections are common in cats and are often caused by viral or bacterial agents.

It's also important to consider the possibility of an obstruction in your cat's gastrointestinal tract. If your cat has ingested a foreign object, such as a string or small toy, it can cause a blockage and lead to a loss of appetite, difficulty drinking, and gagging.

Lastly, there may be other underlying medical conditions or systemic diseases that could be contributing to your cat's symptoms. These could include issues such as kidney disease, liver problems, or gastrointestinal disorders.

While you await veterinary care, there are a few things you can do at home. Ensure that your cat has access to fresh water at all times and monitor his water intake closely. It may also be helpful to offer wet food or warm up his food slightly to make it more appealing.

If your cat's symptoms worsen or if you notice any other concerning signs, such as difficulty breathing, lethargy, or persistent vomiting, it is essential to seek immediate veterinary attention. These could be indicators of a more serious condition that requires prompt medical intervention.

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