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Q. My 13 year old cat is not eating much, sleeping a lot for the past 2 days. Had a rodent ulcer, and after a steroid shot, my vet put him on Zylkene.

A. Certainly the rodent ulcer may be affecting his appetite due to the discomfort of eating. Have you tried offering soft/canned food? Zyklene is a supplement made from milk protein that may improve mood in stressed cats. I can't see how it would affect appetite, other than speculating that maybe he is lactose-intolerant (some of them are).

I would recommend calling your vet to discuss your cat's general condition right now. Most of them don't feel generally unwell (as you're describing) because of rodent ulcers, so I think maybe you'll have to consider doing some blood work and a urinalysis to see if anything else could be going on.

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

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