Marie is a qualified veterinarian, the information found on this site is not meant to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Do not use information found on this site for diagnosing or treating your pet. Sorry for the delay Nancy. Your vet is doing the exact same things that I would. When these tests are normal the next thing we start to look for is signs of a mass or cancer somewhere. The xrays also help us determine if there is severe arthritis in the spine as this can cause a cat to not want to eat. Your vet will do a thorough search on the ultrasound to look for cancer. While many cancers are evident on ultrasound, there are some that can be difficult to diagnose such as lymphosarcoma of the intestines. If your vet feels that the ultrasound is clear then I think a dental cleaning is a good idea. The vet gave him a steriod medication and an appetite stimulant. We have decided not to do chemotherapy on him and to just try to keep him happy and comfortable for as long as we can. I'm sorry for the bad news. Doing what we can to keep him comfortable) is the best decision.
A weight reduction program for cats is multi-faceted and should include the following: The veterinarian is also a valuable resource in helping you establish a weight reduction program specific for you and your cat. Everyone must agree that the program is essential for the life and health of the cat. Most weight loss protocols for cats recommend feeding 75% of the energy needs your cat would need when she is at her ideal weight. For this reason, the cat's response to the weight reduction program is monitored and adjustments made as necessary. Limit access to current food: If your cat will be placed on a weight reduction program that calls for her to continue eating her current food, it is generally recommended that the amount of food fed daily be cut back by 20 to 40%. Feed a weight reduction diet: Weight reduction diets allow you to feed the usual amount of food (unless you are severely overfeeding), but still feed less fat and calories. Alternatively, simply freeze slices of the canned food and feed it frozen to your cat.) Buy the cat some new toys and initiate play with the cat. Until recently, many of the weight reduction cat foods were deficient in fatty acids , and supplementation was necessary. Various medications and nutraceuticals are being evaluated for use as an adjunct to the more traditional weight reduction program. A good way to help you enjoy your success is to take a 'before' diet picture, several during the weight reduction process, and then one at its conclusion. When the weight goal is reached, congratulate yourself and your cat. Nutrition and the Management of Weight Control. In: Applied Clinical Nutrition of the Dog and Cat.
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He is also very lethargic, and refusing to eat anything, as I have tried the baby food idea and he refuses that as well. I am going to try to get him into the vet tomorrow, but I am concerned that there is something seriously wrong, and my son (I got the cat for the kids when he was in grade 2 or 3) is sick with worry about the cat he has grown up with. Treatment for hyperthyroid or kidney disease is pretty manageable (both cost-wise and what you have to do) and can result in additional years to the cat's life. Good luck and get him to a vet as soon as you can, preferably without waiting until tomorrow. They just told me to get him into our vet in the morning so he could be assessed to see what is going on. They told me that since he is going to the litterbox, and the water dish on his own that it is probably something that can wait. What my vet didn't tell me, and what I didn't initially comprehend from my on-line research was that food (and I think, possibly water, [YES, I KNOW]) needed to be withheld for 24 hours to rest the pancreas. I'll post a link for you as soon as I do a search and find the information I wish I had been given. It lowers the threshold for seizures and I'll never know to what extent, if any, it played in Sabers, full-blown/grand mal type seizures that began less than two days after starting him on metoclopramide. There is another (newer?) drug that is prescribed as an appetite stimulant, I don't remember its name, but you can "search" for it if the need arises. It's my understanding (I'll find a comprehensive article for you, and post a link) that excess/high fat in the diet, causes, then aggravates pancreatitis. The weightloss sounds like not such a good thing and I agree that the water intake being very little is not good.
Feline Weight Loss: When Your Cat Losing Weight Isn't Normal. Good feline care includes knowing what a normal cat weight is for your feline and taking action when any cat weight loss occurs. Many cat illnesses have weight loss as one of the primary symptoms. There are two exceptions to that: (1) the cats that steadily gain weight and become overweight, and (2) cats that have an illness. Cat weight gain is cause for concern, but not because it indicates an illness. There is no disease in cats that causes weight gain. For example, I have heard it said that cats gain weight because they are hypothyroid. Because cats tend to stay the same weight year after year or they gain weight, it is ALWAYS of concern if you notice your cat losing weight. I have been asked or told many times by cat owners that their cat's weight loss must be due to growing older. Old age does not cause feline weight loss, but old age can increase your cat's risk of acquiring certain feline diseases or a number of problems that cause this illness symptom. But the age itself is not a reason for weight loss. But a pound weight loss in a 10 pound cat is loss of 10% of the cat's body weight. Unfortunately, when you look at your cat, you may not notice early weight loss. That first pound lost is not easy to see if your cat has been at a healthy weight for years. What are the Causes of Feline Weight Loss?
Diabetes, kidney disease, heart problems and cancer number among the more serious diseases that can strike the elderly cat. On the plus side, many of these conditions can be treated successfully, and your cat can continue to live a relatively normal life. Although diabetes can strike cats of any age, it is more prevalent in older, obese cats, and is found more often in male cats. A diet high in fiber and complex carbohydrates is recommended for obese diabetic cats, not only for the purpose of weight reduction, but to help control blood glucose levels. Ideally, your veterinarian will conduct and 18-24 hour blood glucose profile to determine the amount and frequency of insulin injections. This test is done in hospital, and consists of injections of insulin followed by close monitoring of the blood glucose values. Careful monitoring of glucose and insulin levels. The exact cause of fatty liver is not yet known, and it can only be diagnosed through a liver biopsy. Some veterinarians claim that hepatic lipidosis can be fatal within 24 to 48 hours, left untreated but the good news is that hepatic lipidosis can be reversed and the liver regenerated. For various other reasons, senior cats often develop anorexia, and the resultant rapid weight loss causes fatty liver disease.
How much weight can you lose by not eating for a week? Would you like to make it the primary and merge this question into it? This is an ineffective way to lose weight, because you will not lose much fat, and you will put on fat more quickly when you restart your regular eating habits. You simply cannot lose weight and maintain your weight loss in the long run without changing your eating habits altogether. The weight you will lose (not much) will be mostly water and muscle tissue. This is bad because not only will you have to start eating again, but since you now have less muscle, and therefore a slower metabolism than when you began fasting, you will gain even more fat on top of the fat that your body stored while you fasted. If you couple this will frequent, cardio exercise, you should lose weight. You may lose a little bit of weight by starving yourself for a week because you body will become so hungry that it will start to eat fat and muscle tissue. This will also make your metabolism slow down, which will hinder current and future weight loss plans. After your fasting period, you are likely to gain much of the weight you may have lost back. Actually, if you starve yourself for long enough your metabolism will go into "starvation mode" and slow down. An intake of a small portion of food every few hours throughout the day will speed up your metabolism, and you should still lose weight in a very small amount of time because of the substantial decrease in calories. You have to let your body get used to eating again and exercise, but not extreme amounts, is recommended to keep the weight off.
Cat Channel and CAT FANCY cat veterinary expert Arnold Plotnick, DVM, shares information on gastrointestinal disorders in cats. Q: My 13-year-old cat seems healthy, she eats, drinks and plays. In older cats, we’d put diabetes and hyperthyroidism on our list of illnesses that can cause weight loss in the face of a good (or great) appetite. Typically, cats with diabetes drink and urinate excessively, eat ravenously and lose weight. Older cats usually exhibit this, the average age being around 13, so your cat is definitely a candidate. Have your cat’s veterinarian run some basic blood tests — a complete blood count, chemistry panel, thyroid test and urinalysis. Cats eat, but the undigested nutrients do not get absorbed by the body, and the cat eats excessively because she feels as if she is starving. Affected cats often have diarrhea and weight loss. This disorder is uncommon, and you didn’t mention diarrhea, so I doubt if this occurs in your cat.
If your cat is overweight, you will want to feed for 2 pounds less, or 40 fewer calories a day, and readjust every time your cat loses a pound, until you hit a healthy weight, and then maintain. If your cat is not losing weight after 6 months on the above guidelines, then you may need to lower that level. O Divide that out by your cat?s total poundage, and that will give you a rough idea of their calories per pound intake. Some foods will fill your cat up so they are not hungry as often, and some foods will never satiate your cat, and they will be perpetually hungry, and will drive you crazy. Fats are not a bad thing, if fed in the right proportion, and fats are one of the things that make your cat feel full. A lot of the over the counter diets that are labeled for weight management are very low in fat, and do not have enough filler to compensate, causing your cat to always be hungry. Your lifestyle may not allow for multiple canned feedings a day, and some cats refuse to eat canned food, so you may feed dry foods. O If you are only feeding your cat a 1/3 of a cup of dry food total per day, and they are still overweight, then you may need to switch to a prescription weight loss diet. O Traditional prescription weight loss diets are low in calories and fat, but they tend to have very high levels of fiber to counteract the lower levels of fat so as to keep your cat satiated. O Newer prescription weight loss diets tend to be more meat based with the idea that your cat will fill up longer, and not be as hungry. O Regardless of the diet you choose, you will need to still count calories, do not rely on the recommendations of the side of the bag for weight loss for your cat. This will force your cat to go up and down the stairs several times a day. Do not do this if you have problems with your cat using the litter box. But, that doesn?t mean that they are good for your cat, and they are high in calories. � Try to give your cat a meat based diet that has moderate levels of fat, and increased levels of fiber, even if you have to give the fiber separately.
Veterinary attention should be sought if your cat is losing weight, so he can identify and treat the cause. What are the causes of weight loss in cats? Acute (sudden) or chronic (slow and progressive) kidney failure - Disease of the kidneys resulting in decreased function, which causes toxins to build up in the cat's body. Glomerulonephritis - A renal disease which is caused by the inflammation. Heartworm - Parasitic worm infection of the heart and lungs. Inflammatory bowel disease - Inflammation of the intestinal tract with inflammatory cells. Your veterinarian will perform a complete physical examination from you and obtain a medical history, including the cat's age and other symptoms you may have noticed. Biochemical profile , complete blood count and urinalysis to evaluate the overall health of your cat and the organs, these tests may reveal infection, kidney function, liver function, anemia, calcium levels, magnesium levels which can all paint an overall picture of your cat's health. Blood tests to detect elevated levels of the hormones T 3 and T 4 are performed. Treatment depends on the cause and should be aimed at addressing the underlying cause (if there is one). Anemia - Finding and treating the underlying cause. Some dental abscesses may require extraction of the tooth. Pancreatitis - Find and treat the underlying cause, if possible. Stress - Finding the cause of stress and reducing it. In addition to treating the above causes of weight loss, your veterinarian will offer your cat supportive care, such as:
Weight Loss and Excessive Thirst in Senior Cat. For the last few months, he has been drinking a lot more water and is urinating over the edge of his litterbox. It is a two-story house with a lot more stairs (we used to live in a ranch home) and I assumed that the weight loss was due to the fact that there are a lot more stairs. I am concerned with the fact that he is urinating a lot (large quantity of urine) and drinking a lot more water. A: Excessive thirst, urination and weight loss in a 15- year-old cat is definitely cause for concern. If your cat truly has dark urine, it could be due to the presence of a substance called bilirubin in the urine. As for your cat urinating over the edge of the box: some cats, as they get older, develop arthritis and will find it difficult to squat once they’re in the litterbox. A variety of supplements and pain medications are available that could make your cat more comfortable, and resolve this aberrant urinary behavior.
If a cat is losing weight, then there is some underlying problem at play that you need to diagnose. In an older feline, the two most common causes of weight loss are diabetes and hyperthyroidism. For example, anorexia is a cat condition that can cause rapid and unhealthy weight loss. Dental problems such as gum disease, hurt or missing teeth may also cause weight loss since the cat will have difficulty eating. There are a variety of health conditions that can cause weight loss in cats. Sometimes the condition itself causes the weight loss, while other times it is the stress associated with the condition that causes the loss of weight. Because so many conditions can cause weight loss, it is vital that you get a proper diagnosis from a veterinarian to get to the bottom of the underlying causes behind the weight loss.
Rotten teeth can cause pain and soreness which can contribute to a cat going off their food, drooling, acting odd, lethargic, or even pawing at the mouth. These can appear as ulcers and can have a secondary infection associated with them. As well, they can also present as growths in the mouth that can displace the tongue and make it stick out. It can also affect the voice, and the irritation of the throat can make these cats cough, retch and vomit. Finally, while you haven't noted a bad smelling breath, we do have to consider that in older cats we can see drooling and signs of this nature associated with kidney disease. And these ulcers (as well as associated nausea) can make the cats drool. I would be even more concerned that this is the root of his troubles if you had noticed a great improvement in his drinking or urination, but at his age we still have to consider that this could be quite a likely issue for this situation. I would say that consider his signs and age, it would be an urgent visit but not an emergency one (so you can wait until your normal vet is open). To do this, you want to consider tempting him to eat, and consider feeding pate style food or even meat baby food (without garlic powder in the ingredients) for ease of eating with a compromised mouth. IF you have any lingering questions or concerns, please stop and reply to me via the REPLY or CONTINUE CONVERSATION button with the issue you have. I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek.
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I took her to the vet thinking it was a tooth problem. Aside from some tartar, the vet said she was not in pain from that. She did bloodwork. All of it checked out except the thyroid was "borderline", and she wanted to do further tests (Free T-4 by equilibrium test?) to check for hyperthyriodism (we. Show more I took her to the vet thinking it was a tooth problem. All of it checked out except the thyroid was "borderline", and she wanted to do further tests (Free T-4 by equilibrium test?) to check for hyperthyriodism (we haven't gone yet). My kitty is eating maybe a quarter of what she used to. Update: She is an indoor kitty only, so worms and parasites are unlikely.
My Cat Has Lost Appetite and Weight with Labored Breathing. She was going to the cat box regularly, but her feces was coming out rather small and thin.(Not to mention a bit hard). Lately Holly has been going to that place in the house, behind the tv stand. She has lost some weight, and I also noticed her breathing has changed. This is out of the ordinary for her, because she is a cat that loves attention. It seems to me that the bottom line symptoms are a loss of appetite and loss of desire to drink plus labored breathing. Not going to the litter is, it seems, a consequence of loss of appetite. I feel that this is not the cause, however. The first signs are increased voiding and drinking so this may not be the cause although apathy, sluggishness and loss of appetite and weight are symptoms as are brownish discoloration of the tongue and dry hair coat. I have been through my reference books and there are many illnesses, some serious such as Feline Infectious Peritonitis that can cause the symptoms that you have mentioned.
In today’s world in which more than 50 percent of dogs and cats are considered overweight or obese, weight loss is often a desirable outcome for our sedentary, overfed pets. A change in diet can sometimes cause weight loss either because the pet finds the food less appealing or because it has fewer calories. A move to a new home, a change in schedule, or greater access to the outdoors can lead to weight loss if a pet becomes more active as a result. Geriatric pets can sometimes lose small amounts of weight as part of the normal aging process. Persistent, rapid, or dramatic weight loss (greater than 10 percent of a pet’s body weight), however, can be the sign of a serious condition, such as: Has the pet’s home life or schedule changed? Has the pet’s diet changed? If changes in diet or activity level don’t seem sufficient explanation for the degree of weight loss (particularly if the pet’s weight loss is greater than 10 percent of her body weight), a veterinary visit is absolutely in order. There are several steps a veterinarian may undertake to discern the origin of the weight loss. When did you first notice the weight loss? What a pet looks and feels like can tell your veterinarian a lot about weight loss. Definitive treatment depends on the underlying cause of the weight loss.
She appears to be eating and drinking, but still is losing weight. Symptoms are eating with weight loss, vomiting, increased thirst and urination, diarrhea, fast heart rate and heart diseases. The symptoms are weight loss, increased urination and thirst, more prone to infections, occasional vomiting and eventually loss of appetite and weakness. Symptoms include weight loss, vomiting, increased urination and thirst, and lack of appetite. Cancer- Cancer is a common condition as well and can cause a varied list of symptoms including weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy and lack of appetite. Symptoms include diarrhea, weight loss and vomiting. The symptoms include weight loss, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea and sometimes a yellow appearance to the skin called icterus or jaundice. Diagnosis usually starts with bloodwork but final diagnosis of the cause usually requires ultrasound and a biopsy. If your cat has been tested for leukemia and aids and is not any outdoor cat than it is less likely these are the cause of the problem. While she is not showing some of the symptoms for these conditions sometimes the only symptom in the beginning would be weight loss. Abdominal pain and arthritis are some possibilities for that.
Your pet doesn’t like the food. Your pet could still be losing weight even if eating well and consuming all the food in the bowl. Treatment for weight loss. Since there are so many potential causes, the best thing you can do if you notice that your dog or cat is losing weight is to visit your veterinarian . Treatment will depend on what your veterinarian determines is the underlying cause of your pet’s weight loss. For more information on feeding guidelines and eating habits, visit the nutrition section on Banfield.com .
Causes of Rapid Weight Loss in Older Cats. As your kitty ages she can develop a variety of health issues, some of which can cause rapid weight loss. Rapid weight loss can lead to other, potentially fatal conditions, so it's important you bring your furbaby in for a check with her veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Without regular veterinary dental cleanings, this buildup can lead to the inflammation and infection of your cat's gums. This condition results from the buildup of fat in the cat's liver, leading to more serious symptoms like rapid weight loss, which can be fatal. Both the dental disease and the hepatic lipidosis require treatment by a veterinarian to prevent continuing problems with eating and weight loss. This disease results from an overproduction of the hormone that controls your cat's metabolism. Older cats, especially obese older kitties, can develop type 2 diabetes, a condition that can lead to rapid weight loss. Some older cats fail to eat when they can't get to their food, leading to hepatic lipidosis and weight loss. Some older cats have a reduced sense of smell, which can cause them to stop eating; heating the food helps your kitty smell it and may tempt her to eat it. Always consult with your veterinarian at the first signs of weight loss in your elderly cat.
"As little as two pounds above the ideal body weight can put your cat at risk for developing some serious medical conditions." How should I begin a weight loss program for my cat? Based on your cat's degree of obesity, your veterinarian may recommend an initial target weight that is higher than the ideal weight. For example, if your cat is 18 pounds (8.2 kg), you can calculate its ideal weight to be 10 to 12 pounds (4.4-5.5 kg), but a more realistic initial goal may be 15 pounds (6.8 kg). The formula for weight loss in cats is based on the resting energy requirement (calorie requirement for a cat that is not performing any physical activity), or RER, calculated as follows: For weight loss in cats, you should feed about 80% of the RER, or multiply RER times 0.8. If your cat fails to lose weight on this amount of calories, the total will need to be reduced further. When you are introducing a new diet to your cat, you should allow 1-2 weeks for the transition. If your cat refuses to eat the new diet, or if you have any concerns during this initial introduction period, do not hesitate to contact the veterinary clinic for advice. Some of the numerous toys that move and squeak may be entertaining to your cat. After you have put your cat on a weight loss program, it's critical that you determine if it's working for your cat. In general, your cat should be weighed at least monthly until the ideal weight is achieved. Many cats substitute food for affection so flip the equation and you may find that playtime displaces mealtime. For most cats, the secret to weight loss is a dedicated, committed and concerned family.
Poor appetite and weight loss are general, vague clinical signs, however, and the list of possible illnesses is extensive. The most common metabolic problems that cause weight loss in a senior cat are diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and chronic renal failure (CRF). Most cats present with the classic signs: excessive urination, excessive thirst, very good appetite, and weight loss. “Most diabetics have an elevated blood sugar level, and have sugar in the urine. The results were clear: Danny’s blood sugar was normal, and there was no sugar in his urine. Hyperthyroidism is the most common glandular disorder in cats. Poorly-controlled hyperthyroidism was not the cause of Danny’s weight loss. Chronic renal failure (CRF) is perhaps the most common cause of weight loss in senior cats. Cats with CRF, however, tend to have a poor appetite compared to diabetic cats and cats with hyperthyroidism; the latter often have increased appetite. But Danny’s urine was adequately concentrated, and the level of kidney toxins in his blood stream was in the normal range. CRF was not the cause of Danny’s weight loss. In most cats, physical examination of the GI tract tends to be normal, as was the case with Danny. The most common clinical signs are weight loss and decreased appetite. With no renal failure, no diabetes, and well-controlled hyperthyroidism, the anesthetic risk was minimal.
She is an indoor cat and her eating, drinking, urinating/defecating and sleeping habits seem to be the same. Cleo is aging and more likely to develop certain disorders that are common in older cats. I know you wrote that Cleo is eating, drinking, urinating, defecating, and acting normally. Separating them for a day or so each with their own food, water, and litter box would give you a more definite idea of how much Cleo is eating and drinking and what she is doing in the litter box. I often find that when I ask a client if their cat is eating and drinking, they emphatically say "Oh, yes, she eats and drinks very well." They think that means she is doing well. Actually, it's often the case that the ones that are so sure everything is fine actually have a cat that is eating or drinking or urinating MORE than usual. In all actuality, those same cats are often the ones that are drinking too much and urinating too much and sometimes have ravenous appetites that they didn't have before. Bottom line, Cleo needs to go to the vet and also have bloodwork. And thanks for the photo!
Approximately one-half to three-quarters of diabetic cats have and thus require insulin injections as soon as the disease is diagnosed. Diabetes mellitus is diagnosed based on the cat's signs, physical examination findings, laboratory test results, and the persistent presence of abnormally high levels of sugar in the blood and urine. Some cats' diabetes is transient-reversing course with the passage of time-while others will require treatment for the remainder of their lives. Insulin dosage may change with time and may need to be adjusted based on new blood glucose profiles, the results of intermittent blood tests and urine sugar measurements, and the cat's response to therapy. Although glipizide works for some diabetic cats, most require insulin injections to successfully control their disease. In addition, the administration of oral medication on a long-term basis is difficult for many cats and their owners; insulin injections may be a better choice for them. Trial and error can help determine the best diet for your cat. While many cats are "free-choice" feeders (i.e., food is left out for them to eat whenever they want), this may not be the ideal routine for a diabetic cat. What are the potential complications of treating a diabetic cat? Some cat owners are willing and able to take on the task of measuring their cat's blood glucose levels at home rather than in a veterinary hospital-a potentially less expensive and more accurate monitoring method. Any significant variation in your cat's food intake, weight, water intake, or urine output can be a sign that the diabetes is recurring and immediate veterinary care is needed. What is the prognosis for a diabetic cat? However, some diabetic cats may lose the need for insulin, months or years after diagnosis. The serious chronic complications that afflict people with diabetes mellitus (such as kidney disease , blood vessel disease, and coronary artery disease) are uncommon in diabetic cats.
I changed her food around a couple months ago in order to try and save some money, but now all she seems to eat is fancy feast that is fish flavors. I have not seen her drink a lot of water (she drinks a little and stands over the bowl for a while). When I did see her drinking the other day, she threw up bial right after. We took her to the vet to see what was wrong, because we were noticing some weight loss and our other cat was just diagnosed with Diabettes a couple weeks ago. She had full blood work done and everything was normal except one enzyme test for her kidneys but the vet wasn't worried about it. She was a 21 pound cat 2 years ago but now is down to 15 pounds. She also seems to walk funny with her back legs, but that may just be to not being stretched out and laying around in one spot all day.
Geeks On Pets > > Cats > > Cat Health > > My Cat Lost a Lot of Weight & Stopped Eating. Weight loss and loss of appetite in a cat should cause concern. Intestinal parasites are a common cause of diarrhea, vomiting and weight loss. It's often the case that if one cat is infested, all cats in the same household will need treatment. If the cat's teeth are bad, eating may be unpleasant and he may refuse to eat or eat too little, resulting in weight loss. One of the primary symptoms is weight loss along with anemia and loss of appetite. Weight loss and loss of appetite or difficulty eating along with lethargy and loss of interest in daily activities could mean your cat has developed cancer. As is always the case with cancer, early diagnosis and treatment gives your cat the best possible chance for recovery. For some cats, you may need a simpler solution-just holding your cat more often and especially at mealtimes will make her feel more secure and safe, which can improve her disposition and appetite.
Depending on the reason for your cat’s weight loss, you may notice that your cat’s appetite is reduced or entirely gone, a condition known as anorexia. If you are not sure what your cat’s ideal weight should be, your veterinarian will be able to provide guidance and a suggested feeding regimen to meet your cat’s nutritional needs. Causes of Cat Weight Loss. Cats under psychological stress may go off their food, which can result in weight loss. Although not all cat weight loss is caused by cancer, it is a relatively common culprit. This disease, which may be caused by a failure to produce the hormone insulin or an impaired ability to respond to it, commonly causes weight loss in cats, often with a change in appetite.
It may happen suddenly and be what finally alerts you to the existence of CKD in your cat; or it may happen after your cat has been suffering from CKD for some time. The Meatloaf Position. A cat who has crashed will often be lying in a "meatloaf" position, which is very similar to the Sphynx position but with the head down and the front paws close to the body. I am often asked exactly what the meatloaf position looks like and how it differs from the Sphynx position. Indie to the left is lying in the Sphynx position. To the right is a photograph of Tart in the meatloaf position. The Cat Site also has a photo of a cat in the meatloaf position. It is when you see the meatloaf position in conjunction with the following symptoms that your cat may be crashing: The day Tanya died, she lay in this position. The bad breath smell will be particularly strong, perhaps with mouth ulcers present, and your cat may also have a generally strong body odour. The cat will often be unable to get comfortable because of all the toxins in the body - this may explain the meatloaf position. Your cat will probably refuse to eat and may also refuse to drink. Your cat will usually need rehydration therapy at the vet's in an attempt to combat the dehydration and reduce the bloodwork values, and you should contact your vet WITHOUT DELAY. Delaying could be very serious for your cat, as the toxin levels in the body will continue to rise if left untreated.
Home › Pet Health Resources › Pet Health Concerns › Other Concerns › My Dog or Cat Is Losing Weight - What Could it Mean? My Dog or Cat Is Losing Weight - What Could it Mean? There are many reasons your pet may be losing weight. Those that are eating but are continuing to lose weight.
Many organs are affected by this disease, including the heart. In most cases, changes to the heart can be reversed with treatment. Environmental and dietary risk factors have been investigated and may play a role in predisposing some cats to hyperthyroidism, though the specific mechanisms are not known. The typical cat with hyperthyroidism is middle aged or older; on average; affected cats are about 12 years of age. In some cats, anorexia develops as the disease progresses. Both of these problems may be reversible with appropriate treatment of the disease. Because less than 2% of these cats have cancerous growths of the thyroid gland, treatment is usually very successful. The three treatment options for hyperthyroidism are: Rarely, some cats have reactions to the drug, but that number is fairly small. Therefore, the drug may be necessary for the remainder of the cat’s life. This can change spontaneously over the course of the cat’s life. Recurrence of the disease is a possibility in some cats. However, this occurs less than 5% of the time and usually 2-4 years after surgery. Of all the common disorders that we see in older cats, this is the “good” one to get. Cats can live many, many years with this disease, which is easily managed with one of the above treatment options.
Why is my cat tired, not eating, and losing weight? He's also become reluctant to eat his dry kibble (Natural Balance Duck & Pea formula) which has been his staple food for the past 3-4 years. About a year & a half ago, we had taken him to the vet, at which time he. About a year & a half ago, we had taken him to the vet, at which time he was weighed in at 18.5 lbs. The vet suggested we limit his food intake to 1/2 cup in the morning and 1/2 cup in the evening. We notice about 1 month ago that we looked a little thinner and wondered if it was sudden or over time. The vet weighed him and this time he was 14.5 lbs., which she mentioned was significant but not anything to be too upset about. Over the course of the past month, he's had a blood test (no problems), thyroid test (no problems), and an abdominal ultrasound which resulted in the following diagnosis: "Mild hyperechoic enlargement of the liver, not a specific finding and may be secondary to recent corticosteroid therapy. Also, the vet mentioned he as a slight heart murmur & very mild case of gigivitis. Just yesterday, we've changed his dry kibble from the Natural Balance to Solid Gold Indigo Moon Holistic Cat Food, (which he seems to be slightly more interested in) and supplement that with Fancy Feast Appetizers (he has food allergies, hence the special foods). While he seems to be hungry, he's become very particular about his food and seems overly tired and slow on his feet. Update: FYI The vets recommended weight for him was 15.5 lbs & the CBC (blood test) showed no indication of diabetes.
Do these wild cats eat a dry food diet that is full of starchy carbohydrates in the form of grains? Zoran's paper The Carnivore Connection to Nutrition in Cats , carbohydrates are minimally used for energy by the cat and those that are not used are converted to, and stored as, fat. When considering the issue of obesity, consider that dry food is only 10% water and canned food is 78% water. The second reason that some cats tend to consume too many calories when eating dry food is because an obligate carnivore is designed to be satiated when he has consumed an adequate amount of protein and fat. Of course there are many cats that are free-fed high carb dry food that do not gain an excessive amount of weight. Regarding feline diabetes, the links between dry food and this serious disease are two-fold: Cats that have grown up on dry food find the consistency of canned food very foreign and often refuse to even give it a try. Low carbohydrate dry foods: There are three dry foods on the market that are lower in carbs than most dry foods but please do not think that these foods are a healthy option to low-carb canned food. Canned foods therefore more closely approximate the natural diet of the cat and are better suited to meet the cat’s water needs. Because cats have a low thirst drive, they do not make up the hydration deficit at the water bowl when consuming a dry food diet. It has been shown that cats on canned food - when compared to dry food-fed cats - consume double the amount of water when all sources (from the food and the water bowl) are considered. Combine a very palatable diet with high caloric density and throw in the fact that many people free-feed their cats dry food and you have a perfect recipe for obesity when these dry foods are fed. Ok.we have discussed the fact that canned food is better for cats than dry food so the question is.what do we look for in a canned food? Keep in mind that when you are reading the Cat Food Composition chart, the protein, fat, and, carbohydrate calories (the first three columns) must add up to 100%. And, unfortunately, that is exactly what high carb food does - it adds too much fat to the body.
There are a variety of different conditions in the gastrointestinal tract that may cause cat weight loss. Common GI problems that produce weight loss in cats include inflammatory bowel disease, food allergies, or certain infections. Also known as worms, intestinal parasites may be the cause of your cat’s unintentional weight loss. Many elderly cats exhibit weight loss, and it can be difficult to determine the precise cause of the problem, especially because metabolism changes with age. In addition to weight loss, hyperthyroidism may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and muscle wasting. To determine what is causing your cat’s weight loss and design the best treatment plan for you and your pet, your veterinarian will likely do a complete physical exam, blood work, and urinalysis. Depending on the reason for your cat’s weight loss, a variety of treatments and dietary changes to treat the underlying condition and restore weight may be prescribed. The weight loss caused by certain conditions of the gastrointestinal tract may be addressed, either solely or in part, by making appropriate changes to your cat’s diet. Cats that lose weight because of food allergies may recover completely when the offending foods are removed from their diet.
Kidney Disease in Cats - Chronic Renal Failure Kidney disease, in the form of chronic renal failure (CRF), is a common problem in older cats. The kidneys have a very large reserve capacity, and symptoms of kidney failure are not seen until approximately 75% of kidney tissue is non-functional. In my experience, kidney failure is the most common cause of death in older cats. Kidney disease is likely present when the cat is “azotemic” AND the urine is not sufficiently concentrated. Cats eating dry cat food take in only half the water that cats on a canned or homemade diet get; this chronic dehydration can cause stress on the kidneys over time. Research also shows that even very high protein diets do not make renal failure worse in cats (although high protein does worsen the disease in dogs and humans). Weight loss is your cat's worst enemy in this disease; so let the cat eat what she wants! Dry cat food causes dehydration even in healthy cats, and is not appropriate for CRF cats (unless, of course, it's the only food he will eat!). Most cats eat them readily if they are crushed into the food. Remember, though, that the basic diet is the most important factor in your cat's health, and no supplement will make up for poor quality nutrition. This is the least intrusive and most beneficial treatment you can give your cat. Cats in chronic renal failure drink a lot of water, but they cannot drink enough to compensate for the loss of water through the kidneys. The Feline CRF Information Center is an incredible website devoted to cats in renal failure. There are many resources to help you through the difficult times and.
Why Is My Cat Not Eating? If a cat does this, the cat is sick. Lifestyle Eevee the Camping Cat Lights Up Instagram With Her Antics. For the past two days, my cat has decided to eat very little, even of her favorite foods. The essence of Linda’s question has been put to me a number of ways over the years, but it generally boils down to this: A cat is not eating but seems fine in every other way. The only thing that’s wrong is that she’s not eating. Is the cat sick? It is not normal for an animal, whether cat, dog, or human, to go two days without eating when you’re serving up palatable food. Unless you were on a crazy diet, I’ll bet the last time you went two days without eating (or with dramatically reduced food consumption) you were sick. Since cats don’t go on crazy diets, it should be assumed that any cat in the same situation has a problem. Inflammatory bowel disease and foreign bodies may cause vomiting or diarrhea. I am sorry to say that cancer is especially notorious for this — and unfortunately cancer is not uncommon in 15-year-old cats. The risk of dehydration is yet another reason to get to the vet quickly when a cat stops eating.
APOP reports that most cat owners do not seem to realize when their pets are overweight, and “fat cats” have become the dangerous new normal. When a vet recommends that a cat lose two or three pounds, it often goes in one ear and out the other. Three pounds is similar to 42 pounds on a 140-pound woman. Eight pounds is similar to 112 pounds on a 140-pound woman. It has been well documented that cats maintaining an ideal body weight live longer, and with less disease, than overweight cats. Cats do not feed themselves - pet owners are responsible for what cats are eating and how fat they are getting. Cats are typically overfed their cat food, and the APOP reports that treats continue to be a major contributor to weight gain in cats. What Foods Help Cats Lose Weight. As strict carnivores, it is often easiest and healthiest for cats to lose weight on high-protein, low-carbohydrate canned food. These foods allow cats to lose weight while still maintaining lean body mass and strength. 5 Ways To Help Your Cat Lose Weight.
There are many reasons for a cat to lose weight. Most of the time there is a medical reason for weight loss in cats. Reasons for older cats to lose weight. While there is no cure, there are many things that we can do to extend the cat's life. There are many different types of cancer, and often they can be difficult to diagnose. Cats with cancer will often lose weight very quickly. This is discussed below, in the section about reasons why young cats lose weight. IBD can cause a cat to have chronic diarrhea. This can result in weight loss. Many cats with IBD have chronic vomiting. Reasons for a young cat to lose weight. It can cause significant weight loss. While these are the most common reasons for weight loss, there are other possible reasons as well.