Q. My cat is an 11-year old male Applehead Siamese. Since this morning, he has appeared under the weather: not eating, tail down, barely vocalizing.

A. These signs are infortunately quite aspecific and can be related to a variety of diseases or different conditions. Often elevated temperature/fever resulting from infections diseases can cause lethargy and inappetence at the same time; but that is only an example. He could develop and display more signs in the next hours, giving more indications of what is actually affecting him. Any sign of pain, discomfort or any abnormalities of the breathing pattern? It would be beneficial maybe to discuss everything in a consultation either on the website or at your vets. If you have chance I would recommend to take him to your veterinarian for more investigations and treatment.

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A. Offer a bland diet (1:1 ratio of plain boiled boneless chicken and plain white rice). Feed in small, frequent amounts. Serve warm or mix in a teaspoon of baby food to stimulate the appetite. Transition to the regular diet once he is eating normally again. If the appetite does not return, a visit to your vet for an exam is recommended. Bloodwork (CBC, chemistry profile, urinalysis and thyroid profile) should be submitted to assess major organ function. Cats who do not eat for 3+ days are at risk of serious liver related complications.

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