Normal weight for a cat

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Avatar n tn My cat weighs ~21 lbs. I'm told by the vet that a healthy weight for him would be 14-15 lbs. 4 to 5 years ago he weighed 18 lbs. At that time he would get a 1/2 can of moist in the morning and 1/2 at night and would have an unlimited bowl of dry available. The vet suggested putting him on a diet. I started him on strickly dry food (Iams weight control). He gets a 1/3 cup in the morning and 1/3 cup in the evening. He does not get any treats.
203342 tn?1328740807 Like I said, I don't want to get paranoid but is it normal maybe for a senior cat to lose weight? She's not acting sick or anything, thank God. She acts fine. I just noticed she's thinner, that's all. Like Willow, she's always been a bit overweight, so it wouldn't kill her to lose some but I don't know why she's lost weight unless it's just a normal thing for an older animal. I don't know. What do you all think?
1488319 tn?1359541294 We have recently switched her to wet food (about half a can a day) with her dry food as the other cat does not eat any type of wet food, does like anything except dry cat food, so will not be stealing food. We wonder if that is what has been going on. Since putting her on the wet food she has started to gain a bit of weight again. We figure it will take some time to gain it back. We also have the one who is loosing weight on a De-wormer regiment to make sure she does not have any worms.
Avatar f tn She was overweight before, but I think she is at the perfect weight now. I just want to know can switching a food cause a cat to loose weight? We feed her Fromm Surf & Turf, & Gamebird.
203342 tn?1328740807 =[ I know you must be worried!! To be honest, I do think that 1.5 lbs is a lot of weight for a cat to lose. I would go ahead and get her checked for diabetes, thyroid disease, and kidney disease. All of those conditions will cause weight loss. Did they do any blood work when you took her in? That would rule out any kidney probs.
Avatar f tn linda, my cat was adopted from the Humane Society and is healthy except for being thin. I just bought a second kind of food and am mixing it with the other. He is eating pretty good and now everytime I eat something I give him a few of his chicken temptation treats and that is helping some. I think he just has to learn about boundaries. I don't let him get on any tables in case someone has a drink or food on there.
Avatar n tn My cat won't gain weight. We tried de-worming him 2 or 3 times but it didn't help. We had to move and couldn't take him with us, so we gave him to my mother-in-law to take care of until we could find a house. Now he looks like skin and bones, even though he gets fed twice a day and has constant access to water. He's still really active, and when you pick him up none of his hair falls out. Please help I'm worried it could be something serious!!
Avatar n tn I took my 9yr old cat to the vet a month ago and he had elevated red and elevated white blood counts. They gave him a shot of depo and pills to take home. I think the pills are call metho-something.Anyway..... He has lost alot of weight and stopped eatting now and he projectile vomits every other day. Just now he projectiled 10 yes 10 piles in the kitchen. It was dark green and very watery. It looked the dark green of spinich.
Avatar m tn i noticed a few days ago that my cat wasnt eating, i looked at a pic just over a week ago that i took of him, and he was fine, but this started a few days ago, they gave me antibiotics to try, and it didnt seem to be working, the vet said if he hasnt responded in 3 days of being on them then bring him in, i took him to the vet today and they have him on an iv, but what can cause such a drastic weight loss and him staggering and not eating or drinking very much, he did not have diarrhea and he is
1339332 tn?1329857966 Rollercoater. 171. 176. 172. 175. 173. Just have to wait it out and see where it lands, I guess.
Avatar n tn I first notice my older fellow loose some weight. Thought it could be the stress of a new cat. At his heaviest he was 18 pounds but he is a very large guy to begin with. He also has a bad hip. Since May he is now down to 15 pounds. Although he eats the same, drinks a normal amount of water. Is actually more playful now that he is lighter and gets around better on his hip. His coat is still beautiful and shiny.
Avatar n tn Hard food tends to cause obesity in cats, and Iams or Sciene Diet, or Purina will certainly not help him lose weight. In addition to that, you should get the cat evaluated by a vet. Some cats have hypothyroidism, which is rare in cats, but it does cause rapid weight gain. I still think, though, that adjusting his schedule should do the trick for ya. See if you can incorporate canned foods with higher nutrient quality. Iams is not species appropriate.
Avatar n tn Hello and thank-you for this forum! I have a female cat that belonged to my mother thas lost a lot of weight.. My mother was ill and then she passed away in the 3 weeks. The cats were fead well.. I have her cats now and am concerned for the one. She is about 10 yr. old She use to be very heavy with weight In 2 months she has lost weight Now I can feel her bones!! She is not vomited and is eating well She acts normal.. no sleepiness. No sores etc.
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?
715526 tn?1229811040 Your best bet is to get this looked into. It's not normal by any stretch for a cat to lose half her body weight like that. Good luck! Please post an update and any other additional symptoms, we will be able to help more!
Avatar n tn II have a 10 year old cat, that I've had since she was 8 weeks old. When she was a kitten, I gave her Iaams for kittens. Perhaps I gave her kitten food too long. I gave it to her until she was about 8 months old. After she was fixed and front declawed around 6 months of age, she just started gaining weight. Wasn't that bad at first, but she's about 23 pounds and not active at all. When she walks, her back legs, kind of point outward and she wheezes.
Avatar n tn I have a 12 yrs old cat. His friend who lived with him for 11yrs died 2 months ago with lung carcinoma. My cat is now lethargic, have lost weight, no appetite, 1inch x 0.5 inch scab on the back. Initial blood work 3 weeks ago showed elevated wbc, decreased hct, hgb, elevated alt. xray indicated arthritis on rt hip, spots of liver? fasting blood sugar normal Last blood work showed normal rbc, hct, hgb but elevated (slightly) wbc, especially lypmhocytes. normal alt.
926462 tn?1284822611 Additionally, cats are obligate carnivores and have NO nutritional requirement for grains. The best meal for a cat is a mouse, bird, fish or lizard, or the canned or homemade equivalent. Practically speaking, any very high protein, grain-free canned food would suffice. There are many good brands. Look for very high MEAT based protein (not plant based), no grains, and very low carbohydrate (a small amount of fruit and vegetable ingredients can help supply vitamins, antioxidants, etc).
Avatar n tn It could be a dental/mouth issue. Cat's can suffer from dental issues and six is a common age for it. I'd suggest a vet visit if it continues on much longer.
231441 tn?1333896366 Hi, My 11 yo cat Greta Garbo (she is a grey street cat, normal weight, neutered) has recently been urinating in places other than her litter box. She does this very frequently now. Up until recently she has never done this before. Her diet is dried cat biscuits, she drinks and eats normally - though she does throw up if she eats a lot at once. We don't notice any change in her behaviour. Her weight hasn't noticeably changed. We have 2 old cats, 2 dogs, and 1 young cat in our house.
784382 tn?1376934640 so they put a bunch of medicine under her skin (there was a huge buldge where it was ) and it went away after a few days. after throwing up for a few days, and not eating a thing , naturally she lost the weight..... she has been fine ever since, she is just skinny. she eats all the time, she doesnt eat much but there is ALWAYS food left out for them. i just got another cat in april and he weighs more then her and she is a few years older.
1006035 tn?1485579497 I'll have to disagree a little bit here (I'm a cat food heretic ;-) I have always fed my kitties tuna-based cat food as an adult (and the occasional treat of people tuna) as part of the regular rotation (I buy 12 different flavors, 1/2 fish based and 1/2 poultry based). The only kitty of the 9 (April Dancer) who lived less than 16 years, died because of a bad reaction to a medication. The current 4 are 13, 12, 11 and 10.
Avatar n tn have a cat and she is 3. she just had a lovely litter of 5 kittens. shes always been way to skinny but now shes just skin and bones. the vet said she did not have worms and took her blood and told me everything was fine she just needs to gain weight. i have her on kitten food, this kitten milk supplement that the vet told me to get and i make her homemade food. she eats all of it and is just getting worse! there are no other cats to take her food whats up?
Avatar n tn My vet said she is the healthiest skinny cat he has ever seen. I have not brought her to the vet for a while now, as it seems there is nothing else they can do. Molly does not seem to be in any pain, still jumps off the bed and goes where she pleases. The past couple of weeks she is weaker in the hind area and has looked a little off-balance. She throws up quite often, at least once every other day. Her stomach growls constantly and she acts list she is hungry most of the time.
Avatar f tn I think it would be a good idea for momma cat to see a Vet...this isn't normal to stop caring for and feeding the babies so young. besides she isn't eating herself therefor thats telling you something is wrong....are her ears warm, would indicate she's running a she an indoor kitty? whats she been eating? And last but by no means least HAS SHE HAD HER VACCINATIONS?
152660 tn?1291759171 It's still likely the herpes virus, that's the only symptoms my cat gets as well. Get some lysine powder and sprinkle a bit in his food, for an adult 11 lb cat 1000 mg for a week or so is usual, than cut back. But for a tiny kitten I guess 1/4 the 250 mg(?) just guessing by weight. Order it thru brand name Carlson Labs. That's human form, cheaper an that one is safe for cats there are no additives.
6990909 tn?1435279416 We kept her on the same food she was used to getting. However, she eats like a dog eats. I have never had a cat do this. If there is food in her bowl, she will gorge herself until it is gone and then proceed to go into my room and throw her 1/2 digested food up on my ivory carpet. Our vet initially told me that she was used to having to fight for her food between hunting, or her brothers (they shared bowls).
866901 tn?1505509836 The insulin already costs quite a bit and the test strips are a little over $1 a piece and comes in only quantity 50 or 100- so I am looking for any suggestions!! Thanks in advance!
Avatar f tn My cat is a one year old cat and overeats a lot, like a dog, as soon as I fill his bowl he wolfs it down in a few minutes. He doesn't vomit it however.
1959053 tn?1325777032 There really aren't any major restictions for diet with hyperthyroidism that I was ever told as long as the food fed mets nutritional needs for a cat that age. (senior diet). On thing I would watch is the salt content. This should be on the relatively low side. Lots of salt can put stress on the kidneys making them work harder and then blood pressure could increase which then could affect the heart. This is however even a recommendation for any senior pet, not just ones with hyperthyroidism.