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  1. #1
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    Sparkler's appetite is off

    Sparkler spends most of her time under my bed. At meal time she comes over to the edge and chows down there.

    The last few days she hasn't been coming. I leave dry food, but I don't think she eats it. I've found I can urge her from one end and she comes out at the other end and goes into the bottom level of kitty condo, and I've been able to give her some wet food there.

    I told the vet yesterday, and he said he'd like to take a look at her.

    She is almost impossible to get ahold of and really freaks if I try to struggle her into a carrier. That's if I can get ahold of her at all. This week I've also not been seeing her under the bed, and I'm quite sure she is crawling up into the bed spring box, the bottom of which is all ripped up.

    Any suggestions, how I can get her, how I can get her into a safe space, how I can get her to the vet's? How I can get her appetite back?

    I'm just at a loss and feel awful.

    Thank you,
    Pat (and cats)
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    Dear sweet Sparkler, please come out and let meowmie take you to the doctor. She is worried about you. We you and we want you to be happy and healthy for many years to come! Please let meowmie take care of you. We are saying a big prayer for you and meowmie, dear girl!

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    I'm so sorry to hear Sparkler isn't eating much, if at all. Is he drinking? There are pills that stimulate cats appetite, ask your vet about those. However, I think it's a good idea to get him thoroughly checked.

    I know what you're talking about when you say you can't get hold of him. Fister was like that for years and it was nerve wrecking every time we had to take him anywhere. If you get some medicine called Diazepam - just 2-3 mg, that might calm him down enough to be able to get him into a box. Crush a pill and put inside some meat he likes.

    Sending lots of good wishes and hope it's not something serious. How old is he?

    (((hugs)))
    Randi



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    I think a small dose of med would be helpful to get him to the vet. Prayers that it's nothing serious!
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    To get Sparkler out from under maybe try a laser pointer? IF she comes out she will be distracted enough that you should be able to grab her. Do this of course with the room darkened so the light is MORE attractive.

    Sorry, it's all I've got. I hope you can get her out and checked over.
    Gayle - self proclaimed Queen of Poop
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    Sparkler is quite young, 4-5 years old. I was just at the vet's with Poppaea and told him about the trouble to get ahold of Sparkler. He said see how she does over the weekend, and if she's not better by Monday he'll want to take a look at her.

    She has come out to eat pretty much each meal, not a whole lot but at least she's not starving.

    I got some Fancy Feast to hopefully whet her appetite and also reward Poppaea and Kitty (recovering from her dental surgery yesterday) and Kellie.
    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

    -- Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

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