Dear VetBabble: Is My Cat’s Loss of Appetite and Digestive Blockage a Serious Concern?
One pet owner recently reached out to us with a concern that the blood test results of their feline friend revealed an infection. Additionally, an X-ray indicated a blockage, potentially as a result of the cat consuming two rats. Now, their cat is refusing to eat. Although not vomiting, the cat isn’t going to the bathroom either. The pet owner seeks our advice and wonders what their vet might recommend under such circumstances. The question is an excellent one and provides an opportunity to discuss a broad range of health issues that may manifest similar symptoms in cats.
Understanding Feline Digestive Blockage
Cats are known to be curious creatures and might eat things that aren’t good for them, sometimes resulting in a blockage. When your cat consumes something that can’t be easily passed through their digestive system, it can cause a physical obstacle that hampers their digestion, also known as an obstruction. This situation may require surgery to clear the blockage, as your vet might suggest, and is a rather serious health issue that needs immediate attention. For more information on the causes, symptoms and treatment for digestive blockage in cats, you could have a look at this related article.
Loss of Appetite in Cats: A Red Flag
A loss of appetite in a cat can be a sign of many different health concerns, including obstruction, as suggested by the X-ray. However, other underlying conditions could potentially lead to decreased appetite in cats. Conditions such as kidney disease or liver disease are common causes of appetite loss in cats. These diseases can be serious if neglected, therefore, early detection and intervention is key. In addition, the fact that your cat’s blood test showed an infection is another cause for concern. The body’s response to fighting an infection can often lead to decreased appetite in cats.
What Can I Do?
You should consult with your vet for a thorough diagnosis, and they may suggest an appropriate treatment plan. Treatment could range from medication to manage the infection, to dietary changes or even surgical intervention to clear the digestive blockage. If your cat continues to refuse food despite attempting to coax them with their favorite treats, you can find useful advice on managing feline mealtime fussiness in this article.
It’s essential to reiterate that any change of behaviour in your pet, especially loss of appetite and elimination patterns, warrants attention and should never be taken lightly. Ensuring regular check-ups can help prevent a minor concern from evolving into a life-threatening condition.