Losing weight in cats

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Avatar n tn Let's see a 10 yr old cat that's losing weight and losing hair. This, to me, sounds like your cat has an overactive thyroid. Try doing a google search or yahoo search on hyperthyroidism and see if the symptoms fit. There's also a possiblility of kidney disease, as well. That could cause weight loss, too, but not hair loss. My main suspicion is hyperthyroid disease. This can be extremely dangerous because the heart rate increases big time. This can cause heart failure.
971443 tn?1282560078 Cats can get leukemia and "cat aids" from sexual intercourse. The test is about $50 at most vets(in the south). There is no cure. One sign is loss of hair.
Avatar n tn i have an eight month old ragdoll tom cat, and recently brought home an eight week old female ragdoll kitten. when we first brought her home she was very sick, having been exposed to the coronavirus. thankfully, she didn't develop FIP. since then, our tom has been gradually losing weight. he used to have a very healthy appetite but barely eats a thing now. he yowls all the time and is constantly scraping around in his litter box.
372900 tn?1315512302 I talked to the vets assistant yesterday and she said that Roomba is close enough to the 9.1lb weight that the flea medicine shouldn't harm her in any way. Thank goodness! Thank you all for your insight and advice about what might be going on with our little girl. I tend to get really nervous when it comes to our animals. You just can't be too sure. Thank you all again!
1460724 tn?1285932386 She lost weight and I took her to the vet and was treated for urinary tract infection. Ever since that time she is now the most aggressive of all the cats (as I come in the house, she is waiting there MEOWING at the top of her lungs). She no long hides, she appears to be always hungry and her preference is canned food and IAMS hairball dry food, she is thin, but still very active, jumping, chasing things and will nip you if you don't pet her when she wants.
473796 tn?1238293442 This cat NEEDS a vet ASAP, losing 5 lbs in a week is very bad. That much weight loss in a week can be caused by many things-to name just a few-severe infection, kidney problems, poisoning, cancer, etc. And, if you do a yahoo/google search on weight loss in cats, you'll see a whole lot more. This is such a serious problem that there is nothing you can do at home that will cure him. You should do everything in your power to keep him inside and force feed him water and food.
10823174 tn?1413080834 Two weeks ago we noticed she had lost allot of weight, so we started feeding her can food and she started gaining weight but about 6 days ago she started losing chunks of fur to the point she has a huge spot and you can see her skin. I took her to the vet they tested for cancer it was negative and the vet done nothing but sent us on our way with antibiotics and told me my car was dying. I don't agree with her, but would love to know what's wrong with my cat..... Any ideas??
Avatar f tn So my poor kitty Shane was recently diagnosed (not by surgery or biopsy, but with elimination of most other illnesses) with IBD and minor renal issues (nothing serious right now). The vet has suggested that he take Calcitrol to help slow the onset of renal disease, so I am going to be putting him on that soon. He's been losing weight progressively over the past 3-4 years, but it was difficult to tell since it was such a long period of time and the progression was slow.
Avatar n tn I know because my Sunshine went through this also. He was eating like a hog and losing weight!!! I was frightened. He would also display odd behaviors once in a while. If this is what it is (all that is required to dx this is a blood test), there are three treatment options that I knew of then (year 2000): A particular medication whose name escapes me(something like Beclor)......This made Sunshine MUCH worse. Surgery on the thyroid gland to remove the benign tumor....
Avatar m tn I err on the cautious side here because our old cat, Calamity Jane, started both drinking more water and losing weight; she was 19. For the last 2 years of her life we (after our vet showed us how) give her fluids with an IV needle under the skin between her shoulder blade. Just 50 - 60 ml of "Ringer's Lactate" solution 2 - 3 times a week keep her in good health until a pair of strokes got her at 21 years 4 months.
Avatar n tn t been any major changes recently. 15 months ago we had our first baby but he adjusted well and only recently started losing weight. I know these symptoms could mean numerous things, but what are the most common reasons for something like this? He is still his affectionate self, and does everything else pretty normal. No throwing up, bleeding, or anything like that. Please help we are so scared.
596105 tn?1314580333 ps -- my cats also are willing to eat certain fruits and veggies straight, without mixing into the food. In particular, Siamese breeds seem to like cantaloupe, and all my cats like fresh green beans, especially if they have been cooked in butter.
Avatar f tn Thanks so much Jade. I feel so sorry for her, too, that she has to go thru this disease. I feel like I should have been more diligent with her losing some weight. The shot doesn't seem too difficult, and the needle is so small and just a small amount of insulin. I will keep you posted on her recheck.
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649848 tn?1534633700 I'm down another half pound. We had a bunch of my favorite sweets around the house last week. which makes that half pound loss more worth being proud of than it otherwise would be! Our son has been having a lot of school stress, so we've been dealing with that this past week, mostly in the middle of the night. (When he goes to school, I'm ready for a nap when I should be doing new-house prep.
Avatar f tn One possibility is that he is just built that way -- I have a cat who was a total string bean for a really long time. Now he is 5 and is a fatty. It is not a bad thing when a kitty is good at weight maintenance! Much harder to put them on a diet. Another possibility, especially if his coat feels greasy or dry, is that he might have worms. Have you taken a stool sample in to the vet lately?
1488319 tn?1359537694 We got this one cat who is loosing weight and the one my parents have back in 2004 from a pound. They estimated that they were about 2 and a half. Now we are wondering if they are actually older then we thought. The other one we got in 2005 as a kitten. I am trying to figure out if there is anything else we can do then we are now or if now it is just a waiting game and if she is hungry give her more food. Thanks for any input.
2012062 tn?1330437664 Our house cats came from a species that still lives in the desert that gets most of its water from the food it eats, which is small rodents like the jerboa. The species doesn't always even drink fresh water out in the wild. But, it does sometimes, so fresh drinking water is still an absolute must. But, this is why the domesticated house cat doesn't drink typically drink a lot of fresh water and why wet food is best.
Avatar f tn I have lost 2 Cats within three months in the first part of this year. One of them started losing weight rapidly. Sadly he had caught feline Aids somehow. Rather than let him linger on and suffer intolerably we decided it was kinder to have him put to sleep. I am NOT advocating that you take this action Sandy. Please think long and hard before taking THAT way out because believe me, it CAN come back to haunt you - maybe not in the near future, but at some point. Anyway, I wish you well.
203342 tn?1328737207 Diabetes does cause weight loss, and I'd get her checked for it. Here is the link to diabetes in cats with the symptoms in the 2nd paragraph. PK, I seriously hope you don't think that I make things up as I go! If I'm not sure of something, then I don't post it. http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/brochures/diabetes.
Avatar n tn My cat, Frankie, has been licking out all his fur! It started about 6 months ago with a small patch on his back. Since then he just always had a random small patch of fur missing, usually on his back. It has gotten much worse recently & he's missing a lot of fur now. At first, I thought he was just over grooming cause he's a bit...neurotic. However, about a week ago I notice my other cat, Cicero, has a patch missing on his back.