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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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Why is my cat loosing so much weight and refusing to eat? She

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why is my cat loosing so much weight and refusing to eat? She is 17 years old.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
Pam, at 17 years of age there's often more than one thing wrong in our cats. Such an advanced geriatric is likely to have lost so much weight due to her anorexia which arises secondary to major organ insufficiencies such as renal failure (most common) and hepatic failure, as well as malignancies. Shy Girl's vet will want to thoroughly examine Shy Girl including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests. You should know within 24 hours if Shy Girl can be helped. Have you noticed any other symptoms - drinking more, forming more urine than usual, vomiting, diarrhea, increased respiratory rate, pale mucous membranes and tongue?