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What's wrong with my cat?

Asked by 717richboy (234points) November 25th, 2013

We have three cats. One female and two males, all within the 7–9 month age range. All are up to date on vaccines, but none have been spayed or neutered yet. (Yes, we will have it done within the next two weeks.)

Our female is usually the rambunctious, most energetic of all the cats. Two days ago, her personality completely changed. She isn’t energetic anymore, but she is eating and drinking regularly. The boys have been picking on her, but she hasn’t been fighting back; she usually defends herself pretty well. It’s nothing violent, it’s just the boys’ hormones, which, again, we’ll have taken care of soon. We’re worried because she is usually so boisterous and playful, but now she just lays around and is barely active. We know our cat and we know something is off. Any suggestions? Is this just a phase, because we’d really like our typical cat back? Please help!

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Pooh54's avatar

Is there any chance she is pregnant? Do they go outside? She might hve picked up something. My cat, Abbott, picked on Pockets towards the end when Pockets was ill.

717richboy's avatar

They are all strictly inside cats. And we don’t believe she is pregnant, but there would be no way of knowing until she was visibly pregnant.

nerevars's avatar

Would it be possible that she is in heat?

Katniss's avatar

Could be a lot of things. I recommend a trip to your vet.

Coloma's avatar

If she is losing weight, her coat looks rough and her energy is down it is possible ( most common in young cats under the age of 3 yrs. old and in multiple cat households ) that she has a disease called F.I.P. feline infectious peritonitis. I lost a 15 month old cat to this several years ago. I first noticed he was sleeping more and not as playful, energetic. His coat looked rather dull and rough and while he was still eating he was losing weight.

There are 2 forms of F.I.P. the dry and wet form. The dry form is what my cat had, but the wet form is more common and causes fluid buildup around the internal organs, belly swelling. The disease is a mutation of the Corona virus in cats that causes Parvo Virus in dogs. Species specific.

There is no cure and the organs, kidney, liver etc. are the target.
You should take her to the vet ASAP, especially if you are noticing swelling in her abdominal area and the other symptoms mentioned.
There are no tests for F.I.P. but, if she is running a fever they will try antibiotics, usually fever is caused by infection, but, if she doesn’t respond to the antibiotic they suspect F.I.P.
They will also xray her to see if there is fluid buildup around the organs.

Bottom line, take her to the vet asap.

Coloma's avatar

I’d also add that from the first, suspicious symptoms until he was doing very poorly and I needed to make the decision to euthanize him, the total time was only about one month.
If it is F.I.P. it comes on quickly and progresses very quickly. A terrible disease of young cats.
Broke my heart. Good luck and please have her seen.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

“And we don’t believe she is pregnant, but there would be no way of knowing until she was visibly pregnant.”

If she hasn’t been spayed, and if she lives with two male cats, she’s going to get pregnant. It’s not a question of “if,” but a question of “when.” It’s going to happen. From the symptoms you’ve described, she might already have a litter on the way.

Coloma's avatar

Take her to the vets and if she is not sick from another problem and is pregnant she can be spayed, aborted. Really best to not bring more kittens into the world.

jca's avatar

Maybe she’s in heat.

Coloma's avatar

When a female cat is in heat you KNOW it! haha
Constant howling, meowing, rubbing up against things, slinking around, dragging themselves across the floor. A cats heat cycle is unmistakable.

Cupcake's avatar

Agree that you should bring her to the vet.

I had a cat who was <1 year old who laid around for a couple of days… turned out she was pregnant and the kittens had died inside of her and made her septic.

It could be anything. Please go see a vet.

717richboy's avatar

She is not in heat, and I am quite sure that she is not pregnant. The boys have been biting her neck and bullying her a little, but they’ve never mounted her.

I am worried that it may be what Coloma mentioned, as her coat is rough. We noticed that it looked different and she wasn’t tending to it as she usually does. We will schedule an appt. with the vet.

717richboy's avatar

She was just vaccinated, along with her brother, yesterday. So, the after-affects of the shots she had yesterday certainly won’t help when it comes to the signs she’s been showing.

Coloma's avatar

@717richboy There is also no vaccine for F.I.P. the Corona virus is in most kittens and if it manifests at all it may just be a little diarrhea and it passes. pun intended haha
In some cats, they don;t know why, it morphs into F.I.P. There is nothing you could have done to prevent it, so don;t beat yourslef up. Yes, her symptoms are very suspicious for F.I.P.

If you didn’t tell the vet what has been going on they might not have made the connection and just figured she is a little scruffy for whatever reasons. Please let us know what happens with an update, we are an animal loving bunch here for the most part.

717richboy's avatar

I will definitely let you know. Thank you so much for all of your help.

717richboy's avatar

Hello, everyone. I just wanted to let you all know that our cat is doing fantastic. She is back to her normal self. She had us terribly worried, but all is well. Not sure what was wrong with her those couple of days, but the vet has given her a clean bill of health. Thank you all for your concern and input.

Katniss's avatar

Yay!!!! I’m so happy to hear your kitty is doing better!

Coloma's avatar

Double Yay! Meow, meow, I want cat chow!

Pooh54's avatar

Be kind to your cat. Have her spayed as soon as possible. Ease both your mind and her body. Too many kittens out there that have not be adopted.
Glad she is back to her old self. (((((HUGS)))))

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