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Old 10-11-2016, 04:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First a clicking noise, now he won't eat

I've had einspine for quite awhile now (he'll be 3 in March of 2017). I've fed him the same generic cat food brand, along with meal worms as a treat the entire time I've owned him. He's made the clicking noise before, which when I researched it led me to believe he had something stuck in his mouth, but it always subsided and nothing abnormal came out of it until this incident. Here's a quick timeline of what the issue has been:

Friday 10/7: Took einspine to the vet for a nail clipping / yearly checkup. Doctor said heart/lungs/etc. was normal, clipped his nails.

Saturday 10/8: Right before I went to bed, I noticed he started making the clicking noise, but I thought nothing of it as I still heard him eating and drinking, so I went to bed

Sunday 10/9: Clicking noise continued all day, but he had no trouble breathing, eating, or drinking, so I decided to give it one more day before trying anything drastic

Monday 10/10: After he woke up and continued to click, I finally decided to perform the small animal Heimlich maneuver (which I researched on this site). After doing so he spat up a little but, I saw no signs of food lodged in his mouth, but the clicking stopped. Tried feeding him meal worms (which he normally devours within seconds because it's his favorite food), but he wouldn't even touch them. He took a few small sips of water and went into his cave and didn't come back out until after I had gone to bed

Tuesday 10/11: Still hasn't eaten his mealworms, but he has drank some water. I tried taking him outside as a little treat, and it looked like he might have eaten either some bugs or some grass, but it was very chilly so I brought him back in after 10 minutes. I put fresh new bedding in his cage, and he's currently asleep and I'm not going to bother him until he wakes back up tonight.

I don't know if I should be worried or not that he won't eat his mealworms.. At first I thought making him throw up upset his tummy so he didn't want to eat, but now I'm not so sure. Any help would be appreciated!

Thank you all so much.
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What is the temperature in his cage and what kind of light schedule do you have? If he's not eating he's going to need to be syringe fed and he'll need to see the vet.
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