Lethargy refers to a lack of energy, inactivity, and enthusiasm. It is not a disease in itself but it is a sign that there may be something wrong with your cat. This could be something relatively minor or a sign of something more serious.
I am a big believer in knowing your cat and his usual routine. If you notice your cat sleeping more than normal and, has less energy or seems more sluggish than usual or notice other changes in behaviour it is always a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian, no matter how subtle. Cats are exceptional at hiding sickness and pain from us, and it is the small changes such as increased sleep or loss of interest in surroundings that can alert us to a potential problem.
There are many possible reasons why your cat is behaving lethargically, many medical conditions are associated with lethargy in cats, which could be infectious or due to organ dysfunction. It can also be linked to stress and/or depression. We all know that when we feel sick, we are very often tired, this may be due to the body putting its energy into fighting an infection, or in some cases reduced oxygen supply.
Infectious causes of lethargy (viral, bacterial, parasitic or protozoal):
Abscess – A walled off infection which is commonly caused by a cat bite.
Lethargy signs can be quite non-specific but may include inactivity, drowsiness, loss of interest in surroundings and activities your cat would usually enjoy (playing, spending time with you, following you around the house, chasing flies). It may or may not accompany other symptoms, depending on the cause.
Your veterinarian will perform a complete physical examination of your cat and obtain a medical history from you, including other symptoms you may have noticed. Some routine tests your veterinarian may wish to perform include:
Urinalysis, biochemical profile and complete blood count to evaluate the overall health of your cat including how the organs are functioning, to check for signs of infection or anemia.
Ultrasound to evaluate the organs and look for tumours or blockages.
Radiographs of the heart and chest to evaluate the organs for enlargement, fluid build up or tumours.
These tests may or may not show results which warrant your veterinarian to investigate further with more specific tests such as:
ACTH stimulation test – This test is to evaluate your cat’s adrenal gland function.
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