Help- my cat is getting so skinny . H...

Since: Sep 08

Henderson, NV

#264 Oct 6, 2011
Laura wrote:
Our cat is 14 or so and appears very healthy - eats regularly his high quality food that is always out for him plus some snacks, poops at least daily etc. But he is getting very thin. Should we be concerned or make an effort to fatten him up?
Laura...
Since you leave food out for your cat all the time and then feed your cat treats and your cat seems to be eating and drinking fine... take your cat to the vet. You never mentioned your cat's age. Age could have something to do with it here.

You don't want to leave food out for your cat all the time anyway. Normally they would gain too much weight just like anything else. You would just want to feed them more times during the day. Take your cat to the vet though to see what is going on. Only your vet can tell you.

Since: Sep 08

Henderson, NV

#265 Oct 6, 2011
Laura wrote:
Not sure if your post Victoria is directed to me, but our cat has been eating the same food for many years. I am a first time cat owner and am curious if cats just generally become thinner as they age. Maybe it is not a problem? If anyone out there has tips about how to fatten a cat up or thinks I should not worry I would be interested. He looks good and seems to feel OK. He just has been gradually losing weight.
Laura...
I have 3 cats. Foofy is 16 years old. Valentine and Little Man are both 8 almost nine years old. Their vets say that it is normal that as they age they can just suddenly drop in weight. Foofy when she started dropping in weight went from 9 pounds to 6. She was put on a special prescription food and I was told to now feed her four times a day. She has gained a pound and has been holding at 7 ever since. The other two have now dropped in weight too. Little Man has long hair you can feel his bones. I have the trained eye so I can see his bones through all that fur now. His vets say he might have a thyroid problem though and that might be why he constantly wants more food. Valentine is now 7 pounds. With him it would be age related the vets say. All 3 cats are now on feeding schedules and prescription foods.

The first thing to do is take your cat to the vet and see that there is nothing medical going on. Your vet will most likely put your cat on a feeding schedule depending on weight loss/weight gain. Your cat might even be put on a prescription food for a while or for life depending on your cat's needs.
lizette

United States

#266 Jan 8, 2012
help me idk what to do my cat is really sick he is not eating and hes really skinny weak what can be wrong

Since: Sep 08

Henderson, NV

#267 Jan 16, 2012
Feline Leukemia... Feline AIDS? There are three versions of Feline Leukemia. One kills in about 6 weeks... One kills in about 6 months... and the next can last for life. They are always contagious to other cats and while one cat may have one version of FElv... when they pass it on... they can give the next cat a different version. Feline AIDS does the same to cats as Human AIDS does to Humans but it is species specific. It also affects the Big Cats but they usually show some king of immunity. Feline AIDS is the research version for the Human AIDS virus.
eileen

Old Bridge, NJ

#268 Mar 2, 2012
our cat is 18, super skinny,(almost like a dinasaur skeleton) weighs 4.3 lbs, she eats a lot but think her bones are hurting, sometimes she meows a lot during the day,not sure why? She is alwyas hungry, vet says she has thyroid issues and we tried meds but it really did nothing.

not sure if this is the end. Hate to think of it, but think she is trying to tell us she wants to go.

:-(
Allison

Portland, OR

#269 Mar 4, 2012
Hi there, I saw your comment, first I am so sorry you have been put through so much. while your vet did blood work I am wonder if they did a T4 test, to check his thyroid. Hyperthyodism in cats is extremely common. It sounds like the work you did was extensive, you may also want to check for forms of cancer, talk to your vet about adding fat sources. Baby food is great I use it for my elderly cat. You may also want to think about seeing a specialist, either a cat doctor or find a good geriatric veterinarian for a second opinion. I hope he feels better and I hope this helps. Bless you for taking such good care of him. QUOTE who="Butchs Mom "]Butch is male, 12 yoa, adopted from cat care society 2 years ago, When we adopted him he was very skinny, they said he was a picky eater. So I took hime to the vet, had teeth problems, put on antibiotics, he was 6 pounds then after antibiotis he went up to 11 pounds. Then he started losing weight again, took him back to the vet, said he had abcessed teeth that needed pulled,(this was to help him eat again)
So had teeth pulled,2 months ago. All his upper teeth are gone. He ate baby food really well started gaining weight, now he is back to 6 pounds, he eats like a champion, he can not eat hard food.( I grind all his food in the blender for him)
The vet has ran blood tests, diabetes,liver enzymes, stool samples, etc, looked at him, cost over $900.00 as of today.
The vet stated he is constipated and to give him fibersure, I do this every other day. But no idea about the weight loss.
I need help on this he is a walking skeleton, he is so sweet, with big green eyes, But I can't afford to keep paying vet bills. The only thing left of him is his bones, lots of long hair,his big green eyes and a loving sol
Lobo

Flagstaff, AZ

#270 Mar 13, 2012
Hate to sound inconsiderate but I think its best that you put him down if he is in kidney failure. We had a 16 year old cat that we took to the vet numerous times because of her weight loss and after a lot of money spent there is nothing we could do.
Lynne Snyder

United States

#271 Apr 11, 2012
Kitty is drinking lots of water. eats wet and dry food, but water flushes before any nutrients can put weight on. Otherwise, Picky is very active and alert. Looking for ways to beef her up.

“Women (and cats) of WoW unite!”

Since: Jul 07

San Diego, but now: The Woods

#272 Apr 18, 2012
Lynne Snyder wrote:
Kitty is drinking lots of water. eats wet and dry food, but water flushes before any nutrients can put weight on. Otherwise, Picky is very active and alert. Looking for ways to beef her up.
If you've ruled out health issues (weight-loss can be a sign of illness) with your vet here are some things that might help put weight on your kitty.

Nutri-Cal or Nutri-Stat,(Nutri-Malt is also good if she has thin patches of fur as it's formulated to help the coat), meat baby food, kitten food (denser in calories - but if your cat is a senior it may be too hard on her digestion), cat treats (look for ones with chicken as the first ingredient) high-calorie wet food, chicken broth (you can add this to some wet cat food), plain full-fat yogurt & lightly-cooked egg yolk.

You can put different foods for kitty in shallow seal-able containers and store them in the fridge. Add a bit of water or broth to the wet foods and warm them to make them more palatable.

Weight-loss (especially rapid loss) can be a symptom of disease in cats. Here's a link with some of the common ones in older cats:

http://cats.about.com/cs/geriatriccats/a/dise...

Good luck with your Picky and hope she thrives and gets her weight back!
Jess

United States

#273 Apr 23, 2012
I know these posts are old so here it goes, my 18 yo cat is losing weight quickly. I took him to the vet, he diagnosed him with an over active thyroid. I give him a half pill in the am and the other half in the pm. But he's still losing weight. I don't want to be selfish and I don't want him to suffer. This is so difficult, he's my son not just a cat. Sorry my post is all over, but that's how my thoughts are right now. Are there people who have gone thru this?
Betty

Denver, CO

#274 May 1, 2012
My cat is 19 years old the past month he has turned to skin and bones he eats like a horse but is not gaining any weight he is very active.Does any one have any suggestions on what i could feed him to put some weight on him WE LOVE OUR CAT VERY MUCH

“Women (and cats) of WoW unite!”

Since: Jul 07

San Diego, but now: The Woods

#275 May 15, 2012
Jess and Betty, see my last post above yours to see suggested foods that can help your cat gain, or at least maintain, weight.

Jess, give the pills some time to work in shutting down the over active thyroid.

Betty, see the link in my post above. Although you can feed your cat calorie dense foods if there is an underlying disease that is causing the weight loss it will need to be treated.

Wishing you the best of luck with your cats and know that they understand how very much you love and want to help them. I have gone through this with kitties and more recently with my dog and being there for them and with them is the most important thing.
GailtheCatLady

Lexington, KY

#276 Jun 27, 2012
We have more cats than we can count, but have been losing a lot of them all of a sudden due to emaciation. Includes one kitten that had appeared healthy. They all have good spirits, appetites, and drink water right up to the end, but then appear to be in some sort of pain and are constipated.
We do have a lot of problems with fleas.
I feel really terrible if I should have been feeding them premium food instead of Wal-Mart Special Kitty.
We have been buying three 16 pound bags of Special Kitty a week, so that is a lot of money right there.
??????????HELP!!!
jahwillbedone

Winamac, IN

#277 Jul 18, 2012
Norskejente wrote:
<quoted text>Did you take the cat to the vet? There is something medically wrong with the cat. And it could be something that could be conrolled with meds. Who gave the cat an enema and cisapride? Did a vet do blood work to determine the cause of his lose of weight. Things don't sound kosher and your cat is slowly dieing. What's wrong with you. If you have taken this cat to a vet and the cats not getting better you need to switch vets. Or has your vets recommended tests and you refused. Either way things don't click with your comments. I have 21 cat and never would my animals lose that much weight and not see a vet to have the problem taken care of. You need to be more forth coming with info.
I'm a little surprised st how rude people are. This person came on here because they are seeking out help...obviously because the answer they got from the very didn't satisfy them. And you have the nerve to say "what's wrong with you?" and that they are"withholding information!" Do you think that your knowledge/intentions are greater because you have 21 cats? I like cats but come on...there is NO WAY that you can give then the love and attention they need. You shouldn't be on here posting rude comments to people who are truly seeking out advice. My suggestion to you is to stay off the computer if you are going to be so rude, pay attention to your kitty mill, and mind your own cats....by the way, I wouldn't brash about having a house full of cats BC sometimes its too much. And 21 cats is TOO MUCH BC I know you cannot give them what they need...I think I saw you on "hoarders." The one where they were uncovering cat skeletons that had been buried for 10+ years. Again, I don't think its cool or sweet or credible that you think you can talk to anyone with that attitude bcc you are running a kitty mill...the cat is probably old and not"up-to-par" BC he lived a long life. I know there are many years ahead but when people come on here looking for help, do not talk to them like they are nothing...and I wouldn't brag about 21 cats...people are limited in what they can do and ib think you are just rude...and probably covered in cat urine, cat spray, cat hair and I have a pretty good feeling that you couldn't produce vet records for all your felines...man, I really didn't wake up 2hrs ago just to get upset about people who are so rude.

“Spay and neuter your pet”

Since: Jul 07

Burnt Hills

#278 Jul 18, 2012
jahwillbedone, Apparently you didn't read down further to the rest of the comments which btw were posted way back in 2007. I also did apologize to the person. For your info, I get very upset when people post about how skinny and sick their pets are and yet they come on here looking for advice when they should be taking them to a vet. As an update for how many cats I have there is now 24 of them. I feed them Blue dry and friskies canned (pate only) food. They are all rescues off the streets (from over a 1000 in 20 yrs), all have been altered, and every yr get their check ups and vaccines. I have spent sometimes 2 grand on cats and then found them a good home. I work with a team of 8 vets at the animal hospital, which at least 4 of them have been to my home. I also work closly with the director of our animal shelter and he has been to my home also. They get fed twice a day and their litter boxes get scooped twice a day if not more. Onece a week the litter is dumped and boxes washed, dryed and new litter put in them. Their bedding is cleaned every week and all their scratching posts are vaccumned once a week. One kitty has asthma and gets meds plus two different inhalers every day. I have had diabetic cats, cats with heart murmurs, thyroid problems, cyctitis and other health issues. I have groomers come every two months and we clean their ears and clip their nails. Twice a yr in April and October they are shaved. They have an outdoor cat house where they can go night or day to be outside and it is coyote proof. They have lots of toys and every one gets quality time every day. Some yrs I have spent upwards of 6 to 7 thousand dollars just on vet bills alone. Anyone who has ever been to my home can not believe I have that many cats cause my home does not smell or stink. BTW, I use to have my own house cleaning business for over 20 yrs. Many of my cats and strays I have had to euthanize and I was with every one and never abandoned them in their final minutes. You can either believe me or not, your choice but I do have pictues of some of them on my topix post. I find it odd that you critise me for my post but you have done exactly that to me, so tell me again about being rude. If you are interested in knowiing their names I can post those also if that will make you a believer. Oh and btw if I notice any of them not pooing, peeing, eating or drinking within a 24 hour period off to the vets they go. My vets have 24 hour emergency and I also visit their homes and have their numbers at home as well. JFYI!
Heather

Manitowoc, WI

#279 Aug 4, 2012
Hi. I have a cat named mama kitty who is around seven and has cute little kittens two weeks ago.she is really skinny and one time her poop was orange and it was not it the litterbox. I put doos by her.today she ate half. We feed her meow mix and q day ago she wasnt eating at all
Heather

Manitowoc, WI

#280 Aug 4, 2012
Door was supposed to be bowls and q was supposed to be 1.
greywintersky

AOL

#281 Aug 22, 2012
Butchs Mom wrote:
Butch is male, 12 yoa, adopted from cat care society 2 years ago, When we adopted him he was very skinny, they said he was a picky eater. So I took hime to the vet, had teeth problems, put on antibiotics, he was 6 pounds then after antibiotis he went up to 11 pounds. Then he started losing weight again, took him back to the vet, said he had abcessed teeth that needed pulled,(this was to help him eat again)
So had teeth pulled,2 months ago. All his upper teeth are gone. He ate baby food really well started gaining weight, now he is back to 6 pounds, he eats like a champion, he can not eat hard food.( I grind all his food in the blender for him)
The vet has ran blood tests, diabetes,liver enzymes, stool samples, etc, looked at him, cost over $900.00 as of today.
The vet stated he is constipated and to give him fibersure, I do this every other day. But no idea about the weight loss.
I need help on this he is a walking skeleton, he is so sweet, with big green eyes, But I can't afford to keep paying vet bills. The only thing left of him is his bones, lots of long hair,his big green eyes and a loving soul.
This happened to one of my older cats too at the age of 15. Her appetite was not good. When I took her to the vet for tests, her organ function tests (kidney, liver etc.) showed that they were not functioning well.(She also had a very bad heart murmur all of her life.) The idiot vet said to just take her home and make her comfortable because she was probably going to die. I insisted on a mixed vitamin shot for her. By that evening she was eating well and doing much better. I figured out that she was a non-absorber of vitamins. I took her in every month for a vitamin shot for the next four years. I also gave her baby food turkey and veggies (no onion), cooked mashed egg yolk and pureed cat food. She lived a life of quality, although she had slowed down, and finally died at the ripe old age of 19.
Richard

Port Angeles, WA

#282 Aug 27, 2012
My kitty Styx had a cancer tumor on the left side of his face it only took 1a day for it to appear the vet lifted his head and a cascade of infection poored out of his mouth. We had he to put him down rip baby stickers he was seven years old
August 20 2012 :(
Ashlan

Rochester, NY

#284 Sep 10, 2012
Norskejente wrote:
<quoted text>Did you take the cat to the vet? There is something medically wrong with the cat. And it could be something that could be conrolled with meds. Who gave the cat an enema and cisapride? Did a vet do blood work to determine the cause of his lose of weight. Things don't sound kosher and your cat is slowly dieing. What's wrong with you. If you have taken this cat to a vet and the cats not getting better you need to switch vets. Or has your vets recommended tests and you refused. Either way things don't click with your comments. I have 21 cat and never would my animals lose that much weight and not see a vet to have the problem taken care of. You need to be more forth coming with info.
People like yourself are truly annoying. What's wrong with you....? Also I sure hope you run a shelter of sorts and don't just keep 21 cats as your pets.

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