Note: This article highlights information on weight loss while breastfeeding featured in the 1997 revision of the BREASTFEEDING ANSWER BOOK and THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING. Mothers may ask if it is possible to lose weight and breastfeed. Roepke suggests that breastfeeding mothers should not consciously try to lose weight during the first two months postpartum. It's common for mothers to lose weight during this period by just following a normal diet and eating to hunger. One study showed that breastfeeding mothers tend to lose more weight when their babies are three to six months old than mothers who are bottle-feeding and consuming fewer calories. Crash diets, fad diets and rapid weight loss present problems for breastfeeding mothers. Losing weight rapidly can release these contaminants into the mother's bloodstream quickly and it was once thought that this would increase contaminant levels in her milk. Weight loss medications and liquid diets are not recommended for breastfeeding mothers. A combination of reasonable calorie reduction and regular moderate exercise will not only help a breastfeeding mother lose weight after the birth of her baby, but will also provide cardiovascular fitness. Lactation and postpartum weight loss. Diets and eating disorders: implications for the breastfeeding mother.
The Effects of Weight Loss on Renal Function in Patients with Severe Obesity. The aim of the present study was to examine whether weight loss may reverse glomerular dysfunction in obese subjects without overt renal disease. In the obese group, GFR (145 ± 14 ml/min) and RPF (803 ± 39 ml/min) exceeded the control value by 61% (90 ± 5 ml/min, P = 0.001) and 32% (610 ± 41 ml/min, P < 0.005), respectively. The aim of the present study was to examine whether weight loss might reverse glomerular dysfunction in obese subjects without overt renal disease. The systolic and diastolic arterial pressure of the obese subjects was 143 ± 6 mm Hg (range, 122 to 173 mm Hg) and 80 ± 3 mm Hg (range, 66 to 92 mm Hg), respectively. This study shows that the renal hemodynamic abnormalities associated with severe obesity, i.e., augmented GFR, RPF, and albuminuria, improve substantially after weight loss. The present study is the first to show that GFR, RPF, and microalbuminuria all decrease after weight loss in obese subjects. It is noteworthy that the decrease in the area under the glucose curve after weight loss was a predictor of the changes in GFR. In the present study the elevated RPF and GFR decreased after weight loss. It is noteworthy that GFR decreased in all subjects in the present study; in contrast, RPF did not decrease in two of the subjects. The improvement in glomerular hemodynamics after weight loss, shown in the present study was associated with a decrease in BP that correlated by multivariate analysis with the change in GFR. The decrease in GFR and arterial pressure after weight loss is compatible with this hypothesis. This finding and the results of the present study suggest that weight loss may favorably alter the course of chronic renal insufficiency by reducing the obesity-associated glomerular hyperfiltration. In summary, weight loss improves the glomerular hemodynamic abnormalities associated with severe obesity in subjects without overt renal disease. These findings suggest that weight loss may delay the progression of renal insufficiency in obese patients with glomerular disease.
Fatty liver disease is the most common form of liver failure in cats. Presentation and Signs of Fatty Liver Disease in Cats. Cats with fatty liver disease are often not eating or are not eating nearly the amount that they were before. Causes of Fatty Liver Disease in Cats. Diagnosis of Fatty Liver Disease in Cats. Screening Bloodwork: If your veterinarian suspects fatty liver disease based on the history and physical exam, some screening bloodwork may be performed. During Fatty Liver Disease, the cat's liver is not functioning well, so these test results will be abnormal. Ultrasound: This specialized form of radiology, when performed on the abdomen of a cat with fatty liver disease, may reveal that the liver is generally enlarged. Treatment of Fatty Liver Disease in Cats. The treatment of fatty liver disease in cats is aimed at reversing the malnutrition caused by the increase of fat and the decrease of protein supplied to the liver. There are several medications that may be necessary for a cat with fatty liver disease. Vitamin B 12: This vitamin may need to be supplemented during the treatment of Fatty Liver Disease. Potassium: Cats with fatty liver disease may be deficient in potassium and may need supplementation. Home Care of Fatty Liver Disease in Cats. The prognosis for a cat with fatty liver disease is very good (around 90% recovery) when it is treated appropriately and aggressively.
Snowball is old and a larger than average cat. But if a cat eats well and loses weight obviously the food is not getting to the cat, which might mean that there are worms. I have just noticed that this possibility has been checked and proved negative. You don't say that he drinks more and I am sure you would have noticed that. By the way I am not sure that 3 pouches of food per day is high for a large cat. If it could be considered that Snowball is eating a normal amount then we are simply looking at weight loss in an old cat. In conclusion (and this is a tricky one) your cat is at the top end of cat age and well above the average age, an exceptional cat in terms of age. He eats a normal amount and is losing weight. This may not help and if so I am sorry. By the way I am currently away from home and do not have access to my books.
Rapid weight loss can be quick and easy - if you believe the advertising claims. Fad diets and weight loss supplements promise a slimmer body in no time. Do any of these products really produce rapid weight loss? And what are the risks of such fast weight loss? Web MD took a look at some rapid weight loss claims, as well as the available evidence. Rapid Weight Loss: What Is It? Dozens of diet supplements promise to speed weight loss. One proven method of rapid weight loss is the medically supervised very low-calorie diet (VLCD). There seems to be no end to the dubious ideas promoted in the name of rapid weight loss. Does Rapid Weight Loss Work? The FDA also does not regulate claims made by over-the-counter weight loss products. Aside from the very low-calorie diet and weight loss surgery , no other product, pill, or diet has been proven to work for fast weight loss.
Evaluating and Treating Unintentional Weight Loss in the Elderly. Elderly patients with unintentional weight loss are at higher risk for infection, depression and death. Food and Drug Administration has labeled no appetite stimulants for the treatment of weight loss in the elderly. Unintentional weight loss in the elderly patient can be difficult to evaluate. Selected Medications Associated with Unintentional Weight Loss in the Elderly. The use of formal screening instruments for depression, such as the Geriatric Depression Scale, 25 may be necessary in the elderly patient with unintentional weight loss. However, none are specifically indicated for the treatment of weight loss in elderly patients, and few have been studied in this population. Food and Drug Administration has not labeled any of these drugs for use in elderly patients with weight loss. Although medications may help promote appetite and weight gain in an elderly patient with unintentional weight loss, drugs should not be considered first-line treatment. Low body weight and weight loss in the aged. Unexplained weight loss in the ambulatory elderly. Diagnosis and management of weight loss in the elderly.
Geeks On Pets > > Cats > > Cat Health > > Cyproheptadine and Cat Appetite Stimulant. Cyproheptadine and Cat Appetite Stimulant. Cyproheptadine as an Appetite Stimulant. Cats with chronic renal failure are often prescribed cyproheptadine with success. Cyproheptadine should be used with caution in cats with such chronic diseases as liver, kidney and heart failure. It should also be used with caution in cats with glaucoma and those who have suffered urinary obstruction.
Unintentional weight loss Significant weight loss can also be the result of an eating disorder , such as anorexia or bulimia . If your weight loss wasn't due to the above causes, and you didn't lose weight through dieting or exercising, see your GP, as you may have an illness that needs treating. The following information may give you a better idea of the cause of your weight loss, but don't use it to diagnose yourself. Other common causes of unexpected weight loss. Less common causes of unexpected weight loss. Less frequently, unexpected weight loss may be the result of:
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.
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.
However, we do know that both hereditary and environmental factors can lead to the development of cancer in cats. There is a vaccine available for Fe LV that your veterinarian can discuss with you based on your cat’s lifestyle and risk of exposure to Fe LV. Infected outdoor cats fighting with other cats can transmit the disease through bites and scratches. Healthy cats over three months of age and vaccinated for Fe LV are highly unlikely to contract the virus from another cat. During the early stages of infection, a cat may not show any clinical signs, but he can still pass the virus to other cats. Those living in close quarters with infected cats are most at risk for infection, and should be tested for the virus and, if negative, be housed separately. Other cats in the house can acquire the virus from an infected cat. The heartworm infection can be especially life-threatening to kittens and older cats. Any cat can develop ringworm, but kittens less than a year old and geriatric cats are most prone to infection. (Yes, the fungus can survive on hair and skin that your cat sheds!) Once infected, cats can become carriers for life, and though they may not show clinical signs, they can still transmit the viruses to others.
The Dilemma of Weight Loss in Diabetes. Furthermore, for people with type 2 diabetes, the message often is that weight loss is the answer to improving glucose control: “If you just lose 20 lb, you won't need insulin.” What does research tell us about these issues, and what should our messages as health professionals be to people with diabetes? Is weight loss the complete answer for improving blood glucose control? The remainder of this editorial addresses what is known today about weight loss in general and how this information applies to people with diabetes. And, for people with diabetes, is weight loss the cure? Weight Loss in People With Diabetes. And, yes, it does appear that in people with diabetes, weight loss may be more difficult than in people without diabetes, as was first suggested by Wing et al. Should the focus of nutrition therapy for type 2 diabetes be on weight loss or improved blood glucose control? Another issue that makes weight loss even more of a dilemma is the effect of intentional weight loss on mortality in type 2 diabetes. 25 reported that people with diabetes who had an intentional weight loss in the Cancer Prevention Study I experienced a 25% reduction in total mortality and a 28% reduction in cardiovascular disease-plus-diabetes mortality. Until all the dilemmas are solved, what are appropriate messages concerning weight loss for people with diabetes? These results highlight the importance of counseling people with diabetes to increase physical activity and improve fitness, not only as a means of controlling weight, but also for the benefits of fitness that are independent of weight loss.
Subtle changes in weight can be indicative of serious underlying conditions, and for that reason, ideally, your cat should be weighed monthly after reaching the age of ten years. Feed Less of the Normal Diet: This will probably be difficult at first, for both you and your cat. This method is best accomplished by gradually reducing the amount of food your cat receives until he is eating approximately the caloric requirements for his desired normal weight. Assuming your chubby cat weighs 16 lbs, the amount of kcals he would need daily to maintain his weight are 328.5 (16 / 2.2 x 45). Weight loss by reducing intake of normal food is best done in conjunction with your veterinarian, so he can monitor your cat's health during his weight loss regime. Before choosing one, you need to determine that it contains the nutrients that your older cat needs, including fat (essential fatty acids included), protein, vitamins and minerals. Most "lite" cat foods increase the amount of fiber while lowering the amount of fat, and sometimes, protein. Obviously, you need to feed your obese cat separate from your other cats, and keep all disallowed food picked up in between meals. Exercise: Regular play periods with your cat will help to give him the exercise he needs, for muscle tone, suppleness, and to help prevent weight gain. The other side of the coin, of course, is that anorexia and sudden weight loss, particularly in a previously obese cat, can cause fatty liver disease, which is a very serious condition. By careful observation of your cat's overall condition, including weight gain or loss, and working closely in a partnership with your veterinarian, you can help extend your cat's life with a planned food management program.
This occurs because as the cat drinks and urinates more, s/he may lose protein and/or electrolytes . This reflects the general loss of condition of a CKD cat, and is also influenced by dehydration. In many cases, you may find that invasive treatments are not necessary and that simply reducing the amount or frequency of sub-Qs solves the problem; so speak to your vet about this. Proteinuria may also cause weight loss , and swelling in the legs, abdomen or face . The dilute urine of a CKD cat does not offer this protection, and so urinary tract infections (UTIs) are relatively common in CKD cats: Antech Diagnostics states that up to 30% of CKD cats have them. The Pet Checkup is a product that checks for blood in urine, and which may also be used to check for other issues, such as diabetes. If your vet obtains a urine sample from your cat via cystocentesis (a needle into the bladder), this may sometimes cause blood in the urine. Occasionally it may not be possible to ascertain the cause. Severe or ongoing haematuria may cause or worsen anaemia , so you should always take your cat to the vet if you see this symptom. The Pet Checkup is a similar test that checks for blood in urine, and which may also be used to check for other issues, such as diabetes. Diabetes and you get the diabetes under control, you may see a reduction in urination. Occasionally, it may be your cat is simply getting "caught short", particularly if you are giving subcutaneous fluids, and the litter tray is a long way away.
The dangers of rapid weight loss increase with the time spent on the diet. Is Rapid Weight Loss Ever a Good Idea? Rapid weight loss diets can have ill effects, but so does obesity . VLCDs safely produce a loss of 15% to 25% of body weight in 12 weeks. Weight returns when the diet is stopped and happens rapidly; some experts say its best to take a more sustainable approach to weight loss comparable to that of regular diets. Most people seeking rapid weight loss, though, usually do it on their own.
5 Things to Know About the Dangers of Rapid Weight Loss. Being overweight puts you at greater risk for many medical conditions and can create unnecessary stress on the joints. Losing weight is hard work and should be done slowly so the body can adapt to the changes. Unless you are under a doctor's care, you should not lose more then 1 to 2 lbs. This is a safe amount of weight that will allow your body to slowly adjust to the changes and you will be more successful at keeping it off. Losing any more weight then that can lead to severe health problems.
In the United States, both cat and owner have overindulgence in common - too much food and too little exercise. A healthy cat's body is proportional - his ribs can be felt and folds of fat aren't easily seen. So the obvious solution is to decrease intake and increase output. This causes a mobilization of his own fat stores and results in excessive fat accumulation in the cells of the liver. Weight reduction diets tend to be low fat and high fiber, and this makes the food restriction less psychologically stressful by helping the cat to feel full. These are especially good since you can feed your pet the same bulk amount, while cutting back calories. They will keep his mind off the loss of food and provide needed exercise. During your cat's weight loss program, monitor his food intake closely, and be aware of the signs of hepatic lipidosis. Finally, your cat may stop eating entirely and show no interest in food. Unlike dogs, you can't always safely put your overweight cat on a hardcore diet, and never without the supervision of a veterinarian.
Parasitic worms can greatly affect the health and the happiness of your dog or cat. While the three most common types of parasitic worms-ringworms, roundworms, and tapeworms-are not necessarily life threatening by themselves, they can create conditions that, if left unchecked, will damage the dog or cat's long term health. In order to better understand the dangers that these parasitic worms represent to your animal, you need to learn as much as you can about each one. Ringworms are not really worms at all, but a fungus that usually shows up in the fall and winter of the year. The next type of parasite is a bit more serious in nature, and one that you want to help your dog or cat avoid at all costs. Likewise, tapeworms inhabit the intestines of your dog or cat and can grow to their actual length, obstructing the organ altogether.
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- Apples and Apricots (stems, seeds and leaves; see also: Fruit pits and seeds) Seeds of this fruit can cause trouble with breathing, the chest, stomach (see also: Fruit pits and seeds). - Baby food containing onion (see also: Onion, Leek, Garlic) - Cherries (see also: Fruit pits and seeds) - Dough (see also: Bread dough and Yeast dough) - Elderberry (see also: Fruit pits and seeds) - Fruit pits and seeds can contain trace amounts of cyanide and are also a choking hazard. - Garlic (see also: Onion, Leek, Garlic) - Grapes and raisins (see also: Fruit pits and seeds) can cause kidney damage; they are also a choking hazard. - Leek (see also: Onion, Leek, Garlic) They can affect the digestive and nervous systems of cats. - Peaches and Plums (stems, seeds and leaves; see also: Fruit pits and seeds) - Pits (see also: Fruit pits and seeds)
Gallstones are hard particles that develop in the gallbladder. The biliary tract consists of the gallbladder and the bile ducts. Imbalances in the substances that make up bile cause gallstones. The two types of gallstones are cholesterol and pigment stones: These conditions increase the risk of gallstones. What are the symptoms and complications of gallstones? Silent gallstones do not interfere with the function of the gallbladder, liver, or pancreas. If gallstones block the bile ducts, pressure increases in the gallbladder, causing a gallbladder attack. Gallbladder attacks usually stop when gallstones move and no longer block the bile ducts. CT scans can show gallstones or complications, such as infection and blockage of the gallbladder or bile ducts. ERCP uses an x ray to look into the bile and pancreatic ducts. ERCP helps the health care provider locate the affected bile duct and the gallstone. Factors related to eating, diet, and nutrition that increase the risk of gallstones include. The usual treatment for gallstones is surgery to remove the gallbladder.
Can a weight-loss diet cause hair loss? And some dietary supplements are high in vitamin A which can exacerbate the hair loss. Fortunately, the hair can grow back! Hair loss can result from a diet that lacks vital nutrients causing malnutrition. Diets, especially "crash" or "fad" diets, can lead to hair loss. But there are foods and medicines that can keep biotin from doing its job. This can result in a deficiency. So any diet that includes eating raw eggs can lead to a biotin deficiency. Antibiotics can destroy the healthy bacteria in your intestines that produce biotin. A very long treatment of antibiotics can decrease the body's supply of biotin, leading to a deficiency. And taking certain anticonvulsant drugs can increase the breakdown of biotin. A more likely cause of hair loss with weight loss is "telogen effluvium." The stress to one's system from sudden or excessive weight loss can throw hair follicles into their resting phase.
No Problem!" and served in the Royal Marines for five years. Your body fat levels are directly proportional to a signaling hormone called leptin. Leptin levels are monitored by the hypothalamus section of your brain. Leptin controls appetite, modulates your metabolism and promotes fat burning. A rapid drop in leptin levels will trigger the starvation response. The Starvation Response. The starvation response is the term used to describe what happens within your body as a result of rapid drops in leptin. The starvation response causes a reduction in your daily energy expenditure by lowering your metabolism, increasing hunger and also prompting the breakdown of muscle for energy.
Weight loss diets for cats will always be controversial in the debate between regular food and diet food. The first is to feed your cat less than what they are currently eating, and the second is to place them on a weight reduction cat food. Table scraps are not good for cats to start with, and it most cases they may be the actual cause of your cats excessive weight. This will include the amount of fat in your cats diet, the amount of fiber, as well as the amount of protein. The reason for this is that fat contains almost twice the amounts of calories as does protein and carbohydrates, and as a result, your cat will still be satisfied. Fat is the most calorie intense nutrient to be considered in weight loss diets for cats, however, your cat still needs some fat to survive. This form of weight loss diets for cats is much safer especially if your cat has any type of specialized dietary needs. With this method, you are also decreasing your cats levels of protein, vitamins, minerals, as well as fat. Both methods of weight loss diets for cats have advantages as well as drawbacks, and you should carefully decide together with your veterinarian which method is the best for your cat. Raw diets for cats have several extremely strong benefits for any cat, and perhaps the strongest is the ability to control your cats weight for the inception. I personally would say that if your cat is getting fat, then you need to change the food but not to a diet one.
Rapid Weight Gain in Cats. Often a cat's weight gain is a simple matter of too much and too little - too much food and too little exercise. Pregnancy, parasites and glandular disorders are among the causes of rapid weight gain in cats. Overeating is a relatively common reason for weight gain in cats. In addition to overfeeding, other causes of weight gain in cats include: Medical Reasons for Weight Gain. If your cat takes prescription drugs, discuss the possibility that her weight gain is a side effect of her medication. Fluid retention can result in weight gain and a puffy appearance. The vet should examine your cat to ensure a medical condition is not associated with the rapid weight gain. The vet can work with you to determine a reasonable target weight and time frame for your cat's weight loss program.
The dangers of dietary and nutritional supplements investigated. And FDA rules covering manufacturing quality don't apply to the companies that supply herbs, vitamins, and other raw ingredients. The agency has "the authority to immediately remove them from the market, and we would follow the FDA recommendation," said a spokeswoman for the Vitamin Shoppe chain. Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), it is difficult for the FDA to put together strong enough evidence to order products off the market. He is suing the manufacturer and others. The FDA said that Hydroxycut presented "a severe, potentially life-threatening hazard to some users" and had been linked to two reported deaths. Hydroxycut has been reformulated and is on the market again. Amazingly, for the first 13 years after the enactment of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), supplement makers didn't have to inform the FDA if they received reports of serious adverse events, an obligation that's required for prescription drugs. A law that took effect in December 2007 closed that loophole, and in 2008 and 2009 the FDA said it received 1,359 reports of serious adverse effects from manufacturers and 602 from consumers and health professionals. And the FDA has recently taken legal action against a few supplement manufacturers that claimed their products could prevent or treat a disease. The FDA and Congress have recently taken some action to strengthen the agency's oversight, such as passing a law requiring that companies report serious adverse events. Supplements for weight loss, sexual enhancement, and bodybuilding have been problematic, the FDA said, because some contain steroids and prescription drugs. And if you end up with a serious side effect, ask your doctor or pharmacist to report it to the FDA, or do it yourself at www.fda.gov/medwatch or by calling 800-332-1088.
Treatment is aimed at replacing the thyroid hormone you are lacking. You will be prescribed the lowest dose possible that relieves your symptoms and brings your blood hormone levels back to normal. When starting you on your medicine, your doctor may check your hormone levels every 2 to 3 months. When you are taking thyroid medicine, be aware of the following: If you change brands of thyroid medicine, let your doctor know. What you eat can change the way your body absorbs thyroid medicine. Ask your doctor if you should take your medicine at bedtime. While you are taking thyroid replacement therapy, tell your doctor if you have any symptoms that suggest your dose is too high, such as: You will likely take a thyroid hormone medicine for the rest of your life.
Geeks On Pets > > Cats > > Cat Health > > Feline Kidney Disease and Rapid, Shallow Breathing. Feline Kidney Disease and Rapid, Shallow Breathing. Metabolic acidosis can cause rapid, shallow breathing in cats. Metabolic acidosis occurs in 65 percent to 75 percent of cats with kidney disease. Rapid breathing is a symptom of anemia caused by kidney disease. Cats can develop fluid build-up during kidney failure. This can be a sign of a deteriorating kidney or heart problems. The cat can appear uncomfortable, change positions or refuse certain positions due to breathing difficulties. If the cat is breathing with its mouth open, seek medical attention immediately as this indicates heart problems. Rapid breathing and an elevated heart rate is a symptom of congestive heart failure. Difficulty breathing, coughing or open-mouth breathing occur with congestive heart failure deriving from kidney failure. With severe constipation, elevated heart rate and fast breathing might ensue.
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.