Why is my cat suddenly grinding his teeth and acting like Eeyore?
October 8, 2009 10:07 AM Subscribe
Catfilter/Vetfilter: why is my senior cat suddenly grinding his teeth and acting like Eeyore?
posted by muirne81 to Pets & Animals (6 answers total)
Here's the background:
After a bite from a fellow feline (same household), my 16 year old cat, Frank, developed an abscess on his tail that was promptly treated with liquid oral antibiotics. His tail is now fine, but the antibiotics seemed to make him lethargic, very quiet (he's usually a very vocal cat) and reduced his appetite to the point where he was only licking gravy and refusing wet or dry solids. The antibiotics are finished, as of a 2 days ago, but he has now started to grind his teeth while "eating" (read: licking) his soft food. There has been a bit of weight loss since he's not eating solids, and we were very concerned about these signals indicating CRF and potential liver damage b/c of the lack of solid food.
We have a great vet with whom he has spent the morning.
He's had a full workup there with a CBC and is getting fluids, but his CBC came back clean. "Not just normal, perfect," in the vet's words. All organs appear to functioning great, he has no mineral deficiencies (except a very slight calcium deficiency). There do not appear to be any dental lesions, tooth issues, gum problems, etc. No fever. No resistance to abdominal palpation. Somewhat more alert than when he was getting antibiotics, but a bit weak.
And the question:
Has anyone ever experience this kind of teeth grinding? Or lack of appetite several days after a course of antibiotics is finished? Not even canned tuna or baby food piques his interest. The vet is at a loss as to what could be causing his Eeyore-like malaise, other than general nausea from the antibiotic.
Planning to give him a small bit of slippery elm when he comes home tonight to help with the nausea, but I'm really not sure what to do, because I'm not sure what is wrong.
So, fellow Mefi animal lovers, have any ideas?