Q: About three weeks ago, stray dogs attacked our cat. We took our cat to the animal ER. They indicated his kidneys were failing. He also had broken ribs, a badly cut tongue and his lungs were filled with blood. He's been home for a week and half, and he's barely eating or drinking. The doctor said it's possible that if he begins to eat and drink normally, his kidneys could come back. But the way it looks now, he may starve to death. What do you think?
— M.M., via e-mail
A: I implore you: Get your cat to your veterinarian today! Cats can become very ill even under the best of circumstances when they are not eating or drinking. "It sounds as if a feeding tube might be sensible — it's not heroic, just the right thing to do," says Dr. Jane Brunt, a feline veterinarian in Baltimore and executive director of the CATalyst Council. She adds, "Your cat probably also requires pain medication. There's no indication whether kidney issues were present before the dogs attacked, but that condition may indicate a special diet."