Tue, Jan 2, 2024

My cat went missing for two weeks , today she came back very thin and malnourished. I didn’t notice that her back was more curved to one side until I got home from work , I thought it was because of how thin she was but now I think she injured her back but she doesn’t show any signs of pain

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There are several steps you can take to ensure her well-being while monitoring for signs that would necessitate immediate veterinary attention.

Reintroduce food gradually. A cat that has been missing and is malnourished should not be allowed to eat large amounts of food immediately upon return. This can lead to refeeding syndrome, a serious condition that can result in heart failure and other complications. Offer small amounts of a high-quality, easily digestible food—like a veterinary-prescribed recovery diet or a canned kitten food—every few hours.

Ensure she has access to fresh water at all times. Dehydration is a concern in malnourished animals, and she needs to rehydrate slowly. Monitor her intake and watch for any signs of excessive drinking or urination, which could indicate other health issues.

For her curved back, it's possible that she sustained an injury while she was away. Cats are adept at hiding pain, so even if she isn't showing obvious signs of discomfort, she could still be in pain or have an injury that needs attention. Look for subtle signs of pain such as decreased activity, reluctance to jump or climb, or changes in grooming behavior.

If she's not eating, becomes lethargic, has trouble with balance or walking, or you notice any other concerning symptoms, these are signs that she needs to be seen by a veterinarian promptly.

Given her condition, it's advisable to schedule a vet visit as soon as possible for a thorough examination, assessment of her nutritional status, and any necessary treatments or diagnostics, such as x-rays, to evaluate her curved back.

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