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Advice please - cat behaving oddly

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Italiangreyhound Wed 17-Dec-14 00:05:46

I would be grateful for any advice please - as our 20 month old neurtered ginger tom cat is behaving a bit oddly.

I think he was under our bed tonight so when we got into bed he emerged, which is usual, although not unheard of.

He is normally shut in kitchen at night with access to cat flap litter trays, food and water in utility area etc.

Tonight when I carried him down to the kitchen he made a rather pathetic yowley sound although he does not appear to be in pain.

I put out some Dreamies, which he ignored.

SO i took him into living room so I can observe him.

He is sat on the sofa in a really weird way with his legs tucked under him. He normally curls up in a ball.

Just wondering if any of this is ringing any bells with any one, please?

He seems to be fine, not in pain, closing eyes and just sitting on sofa.

Thanks so much.

CatCushion Wed 17-Dec-14 00:08:51

Can you check him over carefully for cuts or other injuries?

CatCushion Wed 17-Dec-14 00:10:04

Sometimes they will lick a wound a lot, which helps locate it.

Italiangreyhound Wed 17-Dec-14 00:12:26

He's making a noise like air escaping from a a whoopi cushion REALLY SLOWLY when I try and touch him. He's kind of lying on his side which is not something he normally does.

Italiangreyhound Wed 17-Dec-14 00:12:57

He is not liking himself at all.

Italiangreyhound Wed 17-Dec-14 00:13:04

He is not liking himself at all.

He's making a noise like air escaping from a a whoopi cushion REALLY SLOWLY when I try and touch him. He's kind of lying on his side which is not something he normally does.

Italiangreyhound Wed 17-Dec-14 00:13:25

Sorry double posted!

Italiangreyhound Wed 17-Dec-14 00:20:13

The thing is it's the middle of the night and the out of hours vet is a long way away so I am not sure whether I need to take him now, leave it to morning or wait and see!

trackrBird Wed 17-Dec-14 00:24:50

Give the out of hours vet a ring and ask their advice. Cats are good at concealing pain.

Italiangreyhound Wed 17-Dec-14 00:25:16

Thanks trackrBird I will.

Hairtodaygonetomorrow Wed 17-Dec-14 00:26:26

I don't know what to advise as our cat had the odd time we really thought something drastic was happening, laid on side, laboured breathing, we prepared for something awful but the cat then recovered and was fine for over a decade. I just can't tell from what you describe, have you talked with the out of hours vet? I would get advice over the phone if there is someone available and take it from there.

Hope you are ok it's very alarming when a loved pet is ill, you don't want to do the wrong thing, that's why I would seek advice.

Hairtodaygonetomorrow Wed 17-Dec-14 00:27:52

Crossed posts with trackrBird- I have always found vets so helpful on the phone and will know what are alarming signs, just ring them now. If they say wait til morning, make the cat comfy, perhaps sleep downstairs so you are near or take them in with you?

emeline Wed 17-Dec-14 00:29:22

I don't recognise that sound you describe at all, OP.

How are his eyes? His expression?

Does he respond to strokes? Does he like your affection?

Does he respond if you wave a ribbon around by him, or the playful things he usually responds to?

Ie I he a bit off colour..or totally unresponsive?

chubbymummy Wed 17-Dec-14 00:30:37

One of my cats had similar symptoms a few weeks ago. He made a low groaning noise when I touched him and if he had to move he did it slowly, lowering himself from the sofa rather than jumping off. He seemed to give off a smell of rotten veg if I tried to pick him up.
I planned to take him to the vets the following morning, but when I got up he seemed much perkier. I've no idea what caused it but he was back to full health in a day or two.
Hope your cat is ok!

emeline Wed 17-Dec-14 00:35:16

Our cat was objecting to being touched and reluctant to move yesterday afternoon. Groaning and limping. Had mud clumps on his fur.

Turned out he'd had a big fight with the local tabby. He is ok today, thankfully.

Italiangreyhound Wed 17-Dec-14 00:37:57

Thanks, guys, I just called out of hours vet and he made the growling noise down the phone and vet said best to bring him him. Thank goodness for insurance. Off to make myself a coffee as it is a 40 minute drive!

Thanks for the advice, will update when I know what it is. Vet thinks abdominal and so do I because when I touched his tummy he seemed unhappy due to the noise. It could all be fine but better to check it out as I love him! sad

chubbymummy Wed 17-Dec-14 00:43:13

Hopefully it will just be something simple and he'll be on the road to recovery very soon.

emeline Wed 17-Dec-14 00:43:56

Good luck! Fingers crossed!


Let us know how it goes. Rooting for you.


RubyFlint Wed 17-Dec-14 00:46:08

Poor chap, hope he's ok Italian.

trufflesnout Wed 17-Dec-14 00:57:43

Best of luck to moggy, hope he feels better in the morning

DHandhisJollyCarolingfoot Wed 17-Dec-14 00:57:47

Hope he's ok sad

badgerknowsbest Wed 17-Dec-14 01:11:56

Fingers crossed hope everything is ok and your cat is better soon.

kormachameleon Wed 17-Dec-14 01:39:42

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

trackrBird Wed 17-Dec-14 01:49:47

Wishing you both well..

Treasures Wed 17-Dec-14 02:35:42

Ahh, poor ItalianCat sad Only just seen your post over in Chat. I know how worried you must be; our cat was really poorly recently too and it was awful. He's fine now though and I hope your cat will be too.

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