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

Potsdam, NY

#285 Sep 13, 2012
The family cat Chance
Was always a great weight my daughter had taken him for a time until she learned she was expecting Before I picked him up my daughters roommates were feeding him people food and he had gotten fleas He slowly started dropping weight
When I picked him up I noticed his wieght loss
I took him to my vet who ran a couple of tests all came back neg they tested for thyroid diabetes and took x rays
I took him home wormed him To this day he is still losing weight 4 vets later several other negative tests later still nothing we tested everything One vet thought his metabolism was disrupted gave him probiotics still nothing I recently tryed dietenatious earth still nothing at this point ?? He is still vomiting losing weight but eating and he's fecal matter stinks to death I've tested his fecal matter as well no parisites HELP contact me at [email protected]
Chance

Potsdam, NY

#286 Sep 13, 2012
Chances diet dry cat food and at least two cans a day spit in four feeding Chance has gone from ten pounds to currently about four
He skin and bones His age is about seven and not allowed outside because he's declawed and can't defend himself
He is not vomiting hair balls just food he does occasionally vomit a hair ball from time to time he doesn't have long hair but it isn't short he has been very sick since June He's been to four different vets we have tryed just about everything to help him keep the weight on He's a very loving cat and I really don't want to loss him He gets fresh food fresh dry food and Fresh water daily We tried natural methods like dietenatious earth pumpkin probiotics as well as medications like methocarbarnole no anibitics as of yet I'm willing to try that next but he had no infection Blood test all neg Tested for Everything
Even X Rayed So now what ? Could anyone suggest somthing email me suggest somthing that maybe they tried Thank You for your time [email protected]
Linda

Abbotsford, Canada

#287 Sep 16, 2012
It might not only be a a hyperthyroidism. We have a 17 year old that was diagnosed with this condition however if the cat is that young it may be something else. If it appears that the antibiotics helped you may want to have blood bests run for a parasite or even feline. Check around the mucous membrane to see it it is paler then usual. A sign for anemia and a sign something needs to be done. Cats can live with both these problems however they are difficult to treat in some cats. I chose a natural product for our 17 year old. However we adopted an 18mth old kitten who in fact was diagnosed at the end with feline leukemia. Does you cat show personality changes.
Jess

Oakland, CA

#288 Sep 16, 2012
Linda wrote:
It might not only be a a hyperthyroidism. We have a 17 year old that was diagnosed with this condition however if the cat is that young it may be something else. If it appears that the antibiotics helped you may want to have blood bests run for a parasite or even feline. Check around the mucous membrane to see it it is paler then usual. A sign for anemia and a sign something needs to be done. Cats can live with both these problems however they are difficult to treat in some cats. I chose a natural product for our 17 year old. However we adopted an 18mth old kitten who in fact was diagnosed at the end with feline leukemia. Does you cat show personality changes.
Thank you for the reply. Yes he was also diagnosed with ecoli and was on antibiotics. As for his personalty, he's still as ornery as ever. He getting better and even putting on weight.

Cheers!
Jess

Oakland, CA

#289 Sep 16, 2012
TrilbyKat wrote:
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.
Thank you for the advice. You were right about the meds, I had to give them a chance. He put back on some weight so maybe he'll have another birthday or two.

Cheers!
Linda

Painesville, OH

#290 Oct 4, 2012
i have a black cat about 7-8 yrs old. we call her BOO! She eats like it is going out of style. Then she goes to bathroom right after she eats .but she is all skin and bones. she has no shots yet. very expensive for vet work-- any home solutions
Kimber

Charlotte, NC

#291 Nov 3, 2012
Hello, my cat is about 8-9 years old. She is full of energy, loves to play and eat. My problem is that she rapidly gains and looses weight. We have cut back her meal sizes, which helps with her throwing up.But now it seems like she can't keep weight on. And it's worrying me. Other then the weight lose she is a normal troublesome cat. Full of mischief. I would really like to have her at a healthy weight. Could someone help me?
Jess

Freedom, CA

#292 Nov 3, 2012
TrilbyKat wrote:
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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!
Just wanted you to know my kitty passed on 10/2. Vet prescribed Felinmozole, it accelerated his renal failure. Everybody please do your own research when you give your cat meds. Miss my baby so much.
Jess

Freedom, CA

#293 Nov 3, 2012
Kimber wrote:
Hello, my cat is about 8-9 years old. She is full of energy, loves to play and eat. My problem is that she rapidly gains and looses weight. We have cut back her meal sizes, which helps with her throwing up.But now it seems like she can't keep weight on. And it's worrying me. Other then the weight lose she is a normal troublesome cat. Full of mischief. I would really like to have her at a healthy weight. Could someone help me?
My advice is talk to a An-Jan rep, it's better to try alternatives measures before consulting a vet. An-Jan is a feed store with knowledgable employees.
carol

Mechanicsburg, PA

#294 Dec 7, 2012
My cat is 18 1/2. he is just skin and bones even though he eats well. I was told it was from his age.
The vet said his thyroid was fine and he was not diabetic. he is the most lovable little guy. I can't put him to sleep just because he is so thin. He runs....actually runs around, plays with his toys, curls up in my lap and sits in the sun. Any ideas on how to get him to ain weight? he has always been a picky eater.
I give him dry food, fancy feast and pureed meats.please someone help me!
Robert

Amboise, France

#295 Dec 20, 2012
sharon wrote:
hi my cat is 20 years old he eat about 6 times aday he drinks well but he is all skin and bones what shell i do is it time to put him to sleep,
Just because a cat is all skin and bone does mean that it is pain does it,most of us loose weight as we get older so don't rush into the put to sleep mode unless you are sure the animal is suffering, just keep them warm.
Alisia612

Eugene, OR

#296 Dec 20, 2012
Calo wrote:
<quoted text>Shelly is coming on here for help. You don't need to be so harsh. Just offer your advice but leave out the cuts.
Thanks for saying that. Some of us have a heart to care for animals,but not the finances. So thank you for being kind. It's not easy to ask for help,so when we do,it's nice to know people have your back.:) Thanks! What a blessing!
Marsh

Boston, MA

#297 Jan 19, 2013
My cat is almost2 20 she eats all day long but she so skinny but she is wasting away I have hd her since she was 6 weeeeeeks old I mean really sknny I feel so bad justknow they will put her down so sad! she playsand purrs alot!
Jess

Brooklyn, NY

#298 Jan 19, 2013
Marsh wrote:
My cat is almost2 20 she eats all day long but she so skinny but she is wasting away I have hd her since she was 6 weeeeeeks old I mean really sknny I feel so bad justknow they will put her down so sad! she playsand purrs alot!
Just remember, because of you your kiddy lived a privileged life. Only God knows what would have become of your kiddy without you. Because of you she lived like a queen. Everyone tells me how lucky I was to have had my cat 18 years, it's hard to see that sometimes, but I know they're right,whatever time we have its never enough. God bless!
moocaca

Saint Paul, MN

#299 Jan 20, 2013
do you know about the kitties?
animaladvocateal ways

United States

#300 Feb 20, 2013
You imbeciles talking about putting down your cats or sending them to catnipp heaven as you put it, need a serious reality check. Would you euthanize your kid if he lost weight? I mean really....you sickos shouldnt have pets. My pets are my life and i would exaust all efforts to heal them. Who cares how sad you are he is dead...you killed him!!

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#301 Feb 21, 2013
animaladvocatealways wrote:
You imbeciles talking about putting down your cats or sending them to catnipp heaven as you put it, need a serious reality check. Would you euthanize your kid if he lost weight? I mean really....you sickos shouldnt have pets. My pets are my life and i would exaust all efforts to heal them. Who cares how sad you are he is dead...you killed him!!
I agree. I have 3 cats.

I adopted Calley, a 3-legged male, in the year 2000 when he was 5 months old from a nice lady in College Point, Queens. He was missing his left rear leg at that time.

In 2009, I moved upstate New York, and noticed that Calley was losing weight, but I chalked it up to the stress of moving. But after almost a year with no weight gain, I brought him to several specialists, where he underwent a sonogram, and he was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease of the liver. He has been on 3 medications daily since then, and is still in good health and is active, at the age of 13 years.

So when a cat loses weight, the cause could be quite a number of things, and you must find a GOOD vet who is very knowledgable, to correctly diagnose the cause and recommend an effective treatment.

Just because a vet hangs a shingle outside, does not make him or her a good vet.
pesk

Peterborough, UK

#302 Feb 21, 2013
my cat was a stray 3 years ago but i think she is quite old. She has gone so thin now has anyone advice on what to feed her to build her up.please?
JuliaMc

Indianapolis, IN

#303 Feb 25, 2013
My Jonah is 23 yrs old. He sometimes goes down hill, but then bounces back.
You are doing all you can for your situation, weighing what's best of all your options. Just keep close to your pet and comfort him.
My cat wouldn't eat anything but chicken livers and all natural dry food. His water needs went up, and his coat was getting scruffy. I finally got him to take some tuna, and he accepted hairball treats, which helped his coat.
I read on line that if he isn't eating or eliminating, he probably needs to be put down, for his sake, so he doesn't suffer too much. Ouch, it hurts to even think it! I love him so much. You also need to weigh that in, though yours is younger. When is enough, enough? Good luck.

“ WOOF ! ”

Since: Nov 12

Coolidge, AZ

#304 Feb 25, 2013
JuliaMc wrote:
My Jonah is 23 yrs old. He sometimes goes down hill, but then bounces back.
You are doing all you can for your situation, weighing what's best of all your options. Just keep close to your pet and comfort him.
My cat wouldn't eat anything but chicken livers and all natural dry food. His water needs went up, and his coat was getting scruffy. I finally got him to take some tuna, and he accepted hairball treats, which helped his coat.
I read on line that if he isn't eating or eliminating, he probably needs to be put down, for his sake, so he doesn't suffer too much. Ouch, it hurts to even think it! I love him so much. You also need to weigh that in, though yours is younger. When is enough, enough? Good luck.
I've cared for a number of cats the past 25 years, and almost always I have meen a mult-cat household. My BEST cat lived to be 20 years old, never sick a day in hislife until they end of his life.

I have 3 cats now, as my dear Samantha passed away suddenly in November. Once again, never sick until the last week of her life.

In my experiences, when a cat stops eating, there is nothing you can do, and it's time to let them go back to heaven.

My cat Calley, the oldest now at 13 years, is a 3-legged male I adopted at teh age of 5 months old. For the past 2 years, he has been on 3 daily medications for an auto-immune diseae of the liver. But he is still active, and eats twice a day and always a good amount.

Each time I have had a cat stop eating, I have spent literally thousands of dollars on them at various vets and animal hospitals, and always for nought. I really think that except for an obvious injury or other obvious problem, once a cat stops eating, he or she is telling you that they feel so sick that it's time to return home.

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