Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a 2003 graduat, and currently a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern for Jeremy.
Very important information you provided about the weight loss and how he is walking.
At this age, there are some very specific conditions that could be contributing to what you are observing!
(elevated thyroid hormone). The second most common condition in older cats and absolutely a common cause for pronounced weight loss.
! Especially, in larger or overweight cats! and absolutely can cause that walking on the shins you are describing!
*Chronic Kidney Failure
* Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
So, what to do?
Got to get into a vet for basic testing.
A feline basic blood test and a urine test (urinalysis) may answer a lot of concerns, or at least rule-out many possible explanations.
What can tests tell you:Chemistry Panel CBC (complete blood count)Urinalysis
Both, a blood and urine sample is usually easy for a veterinarian to obtain. A urine test is taken directly from a needle poke into the bladder, with a needle no bigger than what is used to give a vaccine.
- ensure a thyroid level is also included on the blood test to rule-out hyperthyroidism (elevated thyroid hormone)
I really think the basic blood and urine test will tell a lot about what is going on and what is treatable or manageable.
He eats his portion AND the other cats! Very very common to see increased appetite and body weight loss with the thyroid problem, which can be helped.
I hope that information has been helpful.
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