As we are reminded daily (not too politely… hours before our alarm clock), our pets LOVE to eat… and they want it right meow! So when they suddenly lose their appetite, we know something is wrong. A cat’s loss of appetite is often due to illness and worth getting checked out by a veterinarian, as this eight-month-old cutie was about to find out.
The cutest Cornish Rex by the name of Boo arrived at our hospital, sadly with extreme vomiting and diarrhoea, unable to hold liquids, and only chewing food before spitting it out. This usually food-motivated tortoiseshell had not managed to eat or drink for the past 24 hours and was becoming increasingly lethargic and subdued.
An obstruction wasn’t completely ruled out at first, as bubbles of gas raised suspicions for a foreign body. However, with no signs of an obstruction on the ultrasound, combined with Boo’s vomiting and diarrhoea symptoms, the more likely diagnosis was Gastroenteritis, which as any hooman who has suffered from this knows, it’s not a fun time!
Thankfully Boo’s bowel movements started to show signs of improvement after treatment and she eventually managed a tiny 1/4 teaspoon of soft food, despite spitting some out. However, when fur-mum Hannah visited, Boo proudly ate and swallowed two small pieces of chicken. All she needed was some family love and encouragement! As Boo showed signs of improvement, she was discharged later that evening to trial feeding at home in a less stressful environment.
Boo was diagnosed with vomiting and diarrhoea of an unknown cause. Often this is the result of something unusual in the diet (which may or may not have been directly fed to the patient) that has not been well tolerated.