Usually this extreme a change in behavior means that the cat needs help.
Not eating or drinking is a sign that the cat does not feel well. The vet can also show you kinder ways to hydrate the cat, if needed.
What is a "kinder" way to hydrate a cat?
We have the same problem. We took our cat to the "animal hospital" after he stopped eating and became lethargic over an approximate two week period. After over $1300, the vet found nothing to help. When any cat stops eating, their liver becomes inflamed and could shut down because all it is processing is the stored fat. So again, after $1300, lots of tests including x-rays, berium tests, ultrasound, some antibiotics and some tube feeding & hydration, all we know is the cat has an inflamed liver; and even the vet couln't get him to eat or drink.
The doctor then recommended a liver biopsy and maybe exploratory surgery. I said enough is enough because my budget was already over its limit. I told the vet just let me treat him with whatever meds might make him get better with what we know.
Two days ago, we brought the cat home with a antibiotic for his liver, a steroid (prednisone) , a liver supplement, and tagamint (in case it's his throat or intestine preventing his hunger). I've been forcefeeding him now for two days. This morning the cat started eating and drinking a small amount on his own; the first time in over a week.
Hopefully, he'll snap out of whatever it was that made him stop eating in the first place. I personally think forcefeeding will work for us.
10/10 You asked about a kinder way ... I've been researching the same thing.
See "How to Give a Cat Subcutaneous Fluids at Home" on YouTube.
As for my own kitty, at this time, I was not able to pick up the IV from my vet, as the doc was in emergency surgery. They did provide a syringe, and I also want to know how much should I attempt to feed my cat (both water and/or food) in quantity and number of times per day. He's a small cat of 19, so I don't want to overdo it. He hasn't eaten in 2-3 days, but got IVed fluids at the vet yesterday, but won't drink by himself today. Same as you, aside from old age, vet couldn't pinpoint anything specifically "wrong". I think it's the flu, but maybe I'm deluding myself ... But I won't give him up without a fight ...
Water is used to keep you hydrated and energized, if you dont drink water then you will become dehyrated and maybe have a headache or feel like your about to faint.
so you don't get to dehyrated and dye
Usually one litre less than what is taken in. A person should drink at least two litres of water a day for optimal renal function. If a person does not get enough fluid and is dehyrated, creatinine will rise.
yes they can drink water ,they drink droplets of water.Salt water with with a hint of lime
They do drink water
Yes crocodiles do have to drink water daily.
Garden snails do not drink salt water, but they will drink water. Garden snails will drink any water that crosses their path. Snails can not drink salt water because it dries out and shrivels up their skin.
Yes. Of course they drink water what else is there to drink?
pandas drink fresh water
The consequensenses are that your body does not have the time to absorb the nutrients and water that your organs need to function properly. Think about times when you have had diarrhea, your doctor should tell you that you need to drink a LOT of water so that you don't get dehyrated, because if you get dehydrated, then your ilness or bout of diahrrea will only get worse and irritate other orgrans in you body - altogether leading to fatigue.
Chinchillas drink water from a water bottle.
no,they did not drink water
what does water come out when you drink it
Moths drink water,
They do drink water.
Pheasants do drink water.
Drink more water.
snow leopards drink water but i don't which water they drink i think it is spring water
Goats drink water, but the water must be in a clean bucket. Goats will not drink dirty water.
they drink water they probably drink from water streams or rivers
I don't think fish drink- and If they do then they probably drink the water
they drink the same type of water we drink. It is no different
Yes you can drink. You can drink pure water.
they can drink water definatly :D
Camels drink water but it is difficult to get water in a desert