We acquired a rescue cat 6 months ago. We adore him. He is a big soft friendly neutered Tom. A big cat with a big appetite for both cuddles and food. In the last 24 hours he has wanted neither - completely out of character. He has had no food at all, was restless last night and has slept the entire day in one place today with no food. He will let us stroke him and purr a bit, but no headbutt ing for more strokes, or rolling over as usual. If we pick him up he doesn't cry but wriggles away. We wormed him when we got him but he hasn't been to VET yet as he is still wary of new people and I think he would panic being boxed. Any advice. His ears and nose are cool and he doesn't seem in any pain or distress
Ah right. That's the advantage (for me) of having a housecat this time round. You can tell quite precisely.
See if you can entice him with some chicken or tuna if you have any around (he may have got a stomach upset which could clear) but if you're not seeing an improvement by tomorrow morning, I'd have him up to the vet. At least he feels well enough to go outside which is, I think, a good sign.