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Cher, Feline Specialist
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Experience:  Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
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My cat eats constantly, continues to lose weight,

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My cat eats constantly, continues to lose weight, and now has a distended abdomen.
Hi,

How old is your cat?

Does he/she go outside?

What food does your cat eat?

Is your cat active/alert, or lethargic?

Is your cat urinating/defecating normally and drinking normally, or do you notice an increase or decrease in these functions?

Thanks,
Cher
Hi again,

I have to sign off at this time, so I'll tell you what I think may be causing your cat's symptoms. Hyperthyroidism carries the symptoms of eating voraciously, yet continuing to lose weight. This condition usually affects older cats, but can happen at any time. Drinking more water than usual, is usually a symptom of this condition, also.

http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/hyperthyroidism2.html

A distended abdomen may indicate intestinal parasites, constipation, an intestinal adhesion or obstruction, or FIP (feline infectious peritonitis), a serious feline condition in which fluid builds up in the abdominal cavity. Some cardiac conditions may also cause fluid build up in the belly, like congestive heart failure. I'm not telling you these possibilities to alarm you, just to information of what might be wrong, and your cat needs to see the vet ASAP for evaluation, a hands on exam and blood work. This will provide more information and then your cat can be treated most appropriately.

http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/worms.html
http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/coccidiosis.html
http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/giardiasis.html
http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/fip.html

I hope all will be well!

Cher
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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Jessesmom's Post: The cat is 18 months. He goes outside, but doesn't venture off the back patio anymore. He urinates normally, but bowel movements are scarce and scant. He drinks skim milk or broth, but rarely water (which IS more recent). He prefers warm freshly cooked hamburger, but will eat Fancy Feast canned food, Iams dry or any cooked chicken or fish I offer him.
Hi again,

I'm so sorry to hear this sad news about your cat.

FIP is a terrible disease and you had no choice; he's no longer in any pain, and I know how upsetting this is for you. I extend my sincerest condolences on the loss of your beloved cat.

Cher