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Cat lovers..when cat's eyes are glassy and kind of closed...

mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 57,844Registered User Senior Member
edited February 2010 in Parent Cafe
My cat seems to be sick. I couldn't find her for a couple of days. Finally, I had to tell my doxie to "Find Mittens," and he ran upstairs and crawled under a bed where Mittens was hiding.


Her eyes are glassy/watery and not wide open. She normally has big eyes, but now they're kind of almost shut. She did drink some chicken broth that I gave her (my Jewish grandma's penicillin :) ), but she won't eat any food.


Any ideas? I will take her to the vet tomorrow if she's not better.


I know that it's a pet's instinct to hide when sick to protect themselves.
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Replies to: Cat lovers..when cat's eyes are glassy and kind of closed...

  • midwesternermidwesterner Posts: 1,920Registered User Senior Member
    Is she using the litterbox?
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 57,844Registered User Senior Member
    no...but she hasn't eaten, either. I haven't found any "accidents."
  • pipmompipmom Posts: 1,097Registered User Junior Member
    How old is she?
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 57,844Registered User Senior Member
    she's 7 years old.

    Right now, she's under a bed.
  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Posts: 16,322Registered User Senior Member
    It's hard to say, but she might have a UTI (urinary tract infection) and needs antibiotics. Take her to the vet. Some cats do "retreat" when they don't feel well.
  • barbara960barbara960 Posts: 462Registered User Member
    Try to smell her breath. If you smell acetone (a nail polish remover smell), she could be diabetic- very common in cats. This happened to my cat- she was acting very sick, and I noticed the smell. Her pancreas was inflamed, too- she stopped eating.. I hope your cat feels better soon.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 57,844Registered User Senior Member
    Thanks....

    I will try to smell her breath. I hope she's not diabetic! :(

    I think MWC might be right...a UTI.... (do male and female cats equally get these? or is one sex more prone?)

    I will take her to the vet tomorrow (her favorite place! Not! )


    Thanks!!!
  • barbara960barbara960 Posts: 462Registered User Member
    Please let us know how Mittens' vet visit goes. BTW- I reread my post and it sounded very ominous. My cat is fine now, but needs insulin.

    I think male cats are more prone to UTI- (due to their anatomy) but female cats can get them, too.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 57,844Registered User Senior Member
    I just checked Mittens' breath...I'm not smelling anything.

    Her eyes look better, but if I say her name, she kind of ignores me. Typically, she would at least turn her head. She's my friendly cat. My other cat, Princess, is more standoffish.


    BTW....I know this is going to sound silly, but Mittens is really a boy. I call my cats "she" because I think cats are girly. LOL..... My other cat really is a girl.

    So, it's very likely that he has a UTI.
  • wis75wis75 Posts: 8,213Registered User Senior Member
    In humans the male anatomy makes men less prone to UTI's- a longer urethra, separate from germy skin.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 57,844Registered User Senior Member
    ahhhhh........
  • OnwardOnward Posts: 1,889Registered User Senior Member
    Male neutered cats are prone for utis. Get him checked out first thing in the morning. Sorry that kitty isn't feeling well.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 57,844Registered User Senior Member
    Thanks!

    <3 my pets!
  • nightchefnightchef Posts: 1,450Registered User Senior Member
    mom2collegekids--that's funny, I remember as a kid I could never really see cats as male. We have one cat now who is obviously, emphatically a guy (even though neutered), but he's one of the few I've known that this was true of.

    You should also check for dental problems. We had a female cat who had serious dental issues which we only found out about when she stopped eating completely because (as we later discovered) her mouth hurt too much. She lost weight very rapidly and nearly died of liver failure (then went on to live another 7 or 8 years).
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 57,844Registered User Senior Member
    I'll mention that to the vet. Good suggestion.

    That happened to my Chorkie (yorkie/chiahuahua mix)


    Mittens is still lapping up chicken broth, but if it's a chewing issue.....


    Pets!!! On Thanksgiving weekend, my Doxie broke his tail bone. He was in MAJOR pain...shaking like a leaf. (also couldn't poop...poor baby!)

    A good shot of cortisone was a miracle drug....then daily pain meds til he healed. Also stool softeners....lol
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