My cat is licking her lips and not eating much why is she doing this?
I had two Siamese mix, about 7 years old, Mocha and Frisco. They're brother and sister and have been together their entire lives.
Frisco recently died due to kidney disease. I took Mocha to the vet shortly after to make sure the same wouldn't happen to her, and her blood work came back fine and healthy.
At first she seemed fine, after Frisco died. But she's been acting differently so I'm scared she might be depressed. She also might be sick, however, because my roommate brought home a sick kitten, so Mocha might have picked up what the kitten had.
Her symptoms are this:
I got her cat grass that she hasn't touched, but she did eat two cat treats.
She's never liked other animals, so I'm thinking the new kitten might have something to do with this too. They remain mostly separated, but the few times they have run into each other, Mocha has hissed and run away to hide under my bed.
I'm seriously lacking on the funds since her brother's medical bills got very high in the days before his death, but I will of course take her to the vet if I need to. If she is only depressed, I have no idea what they'd be able to do for her though.
by Jessica (Florida)
When a cat licks their lips a lot it is often a sign that they feel sick and want to vomit so i am wondering that combining that with not eating that this is more than simple depression.
Also if the kitten is sick then it is quite possible that she has picked something up from them too. Has the kitten seen a vet?
I’m not sure how long this has been going on for, if it is only a few days then give her another day to see if she picks up if not then i’m afraid if it were me i would want to take them to see a vet. Their can be some nasty viruses out there related to cat flu which i have recently encountered myself and so as i say if she is not eating still in another day i would take her to see a vet.
I am also worries about the fact that she is not grooming herself and thats why she is looking a little shabby. When a cat stops grooming it is a definite sign that they are not feeling happy or well.
Yes it could be grief that has caused some of the upset but it wouldn't stop a cat from eating. Their behavior may change a bit for awhile and they may be a little quieter than normal but this normally does not last for more than a few weeks. See my page about this here.
I think the best option will be to have them checked out again by the vet if she continues not to eat.
I hope she is better soon.
Update on your cat by: Celia
Sorry to hear about your cat. I hope she's doing better. My cat has the exact same symptoms. I took him to the vet, had x-rays done, blood work & even surgery! He's exhibiting the same symptoms 3 days after his surgery & I am really worry about him.
I wanted to know how your cat is doing?