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Old 04-01-2008, 03:26 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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Hello. I have two cats. One is the older, much larger of the two. Lucy. The other is just a couple years or more younger, much smaller. Not so small that she looks unhealthy. Mollie.

Mollie has been sleeping an awful lot lately. She was still running around the house and up and down the stairs like normal, though.

The past few days she has just been laying upstairs infront of the heater, and not really doing anything else.

I noticed the day before yesterday that Lucy had a scratch above her eye, and this is also when I noticed that Mollie was just laying around, doing nothing.

I watched her come down the stairs last night, and she took one step at a time, very carefully, and looking like she is in pain a little.

She was sleeping in my closet yesterday all evening when I came home, until I was getting ready for bed.

This morning she got up, and her walk wasn't as bad, so she seems to be getting better with the days.

I tried to reproduce any pain or anything like that, over her body, all of her legs, shoulders, stomach, spine, just everywhere.

Nothing. I even got some purring from her this am.

I don't know what is wrong with my cat, and she also looks like she has lost weight now, and unhealthy looking.

She looks like she has just taken some kind of beating. This is the cat that almost knocks me down the stairs she goes down so fast, darting back and forth.

Any ideas?
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Old 04-01-2008, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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I'd take her to the vet. Better be safe than sorry. Blood work will tell you everything. Sounds like she may be dehydrated - which is not not.

Let us know.
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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My cat had a bad abscess on his back under his fur and I didn't see it. He was like you described, lethargic and slept a lot. Cats purr when they need comfort too, not just when they are happy. Please take your kitty to the vet. Mine suffered way too long before I found out what was going on.

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Old 04-01-2008, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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A trip to the vet is most definitely in order here. Sudden personality changes are a big red flag.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Living on 10 acres in Oklahoma
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A trip to the vet is highly recommend...cats are fragile and can go down very fast. Cats are prone to a couple of things such as diabetes, etc. Try to monitor to see whether your cats are eating, drinking and using the bathroom. The vet will ask about this stuff. Keep us posted and in the mean time, we'll be putting good thoughts out for you guys.
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:28 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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Well, Mollie hung out in my closet last night, yesterday afternoon I brought her a bowl of water and she got up and drank a fair amount.

This morning my alarm was going off and I wasn't getting up.

She JUMPED on my bed to let me know it was time to get up! YAY!

Seems to be feeling a bit better today, and getting around more. Did come downstairs last night to use the 'facilities'

And this morning, she has those... kitty "love eyes" YAY... I think little Mollie is getting better...
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Old 04-02-2008, 04:48 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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YAY! Miss Mollie made it downstairs and jumped up on one of the dining room chairs, and onto her little perch she sits on everyday when I am in this room!

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Old 04-02-2008, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Living on 10 acres in Oklahoma
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Good to hear about the up swing!
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Old 04-03-2008, 04:46 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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She ran down the stairs this morning, not as fast as usual, but ran, at any rate. Getting back to her normal routine. Last night she jumped up on the couch and snuggled with me.

I still wonder what was the matter, though
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Carrboro, NC
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Sometimes cats are just "under the weather" like us. One of our cats used to stick her leg up in the air for no reason at all. But not until we rushed her to the animal hospital and found out it's just one of those "weird cat things". I'm glad your kitty is feeling better but keep an eye on her and if she starts acting strange again, I think you should take her to the vet.
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