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Cat is pulling hair out. Weight loss. sleeping most of the

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Cat is pulling hair out. Weight loss. sleeping most of the day and all night.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Midnight's symptoms are important but none are pathognomonic for any one specific disorder. They're neither diagnostic nor prognostic but I am concerned whenever such a young cat is losing weight and spending the great bulk of her time sleeping.

Can you tell me, please, where on her body is Midnight pulling her hair out? Is she continuing to eat and drink? Are there any other worrisome symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, increased respiratory rate, or pale gums and tongue? Is Midnight allowed outside? Was she tested for the feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) as a kitten?

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.
Hi Toby Eiche,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin