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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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I was trying to do some research on Eye Discharge in Cats

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Hi i was trying to do some research on Eye Discharge in Cats in loss of weight
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the cat?
Customer: I have about 6 outdoor cats
JA: Where does the cat seem to hurt?
Customer: i think it is called feril?
JA: Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?
Customer: this cat was very healty and meaty
JA: Is Ferial eating normally?
Customer: but in a week he has lost his half size and his eyes are very mucky
JA: OK, abnormal eating. How old is Ferial?
Customer: i would say about 1
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Ferial?
Customer: 1.5
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.
I'm sorry to hear of this with this feral, Laci. Infection with the feline leukemia virus (FeLV), feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), or both should be assumed until proven otherwise in any feral that has experienced such profound wasting. His eyes have lost the ability to produce enough tears due to dehydration and inflammation of his conjunctivas and so you're seeing mucus and pus trying to replace tears. The FeLV is oncogenic (cancer-producing) and so such cachexia might also result from a cancer such as lymphoma which historically has been linked to the FeLV. Ideally, he should be tested for those viruses. It would be too late for him to be helped but if he's shown to be harboring them, all of the other outdoor cats should be tested as well so you'll know what to expect in the future. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.