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Mingka has lost a lot of weight over the last 10-12 days.

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Mingka has lost a lot of weight over the last 10-12 days. She tries to eat and drink and I am only giving her soft things, tuna, chicken meat, very small pieces. But can only lick it or take s few small bites. Other than a possible swallowed and stuck bone or something, what else can cause so much weight loss so quickly? She does not have tape worm.
Submitted: 8 days ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 8 days ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 8 days ago.

When did Mingka last have blood work?

Is she able to eat any food readily or just small pieces and fluid?

Any vomiting or diarrhea?

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Never had blood work. Can only eat cry small pieces and fluid.
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
Can only eat small pieces and fluid. And less interested each day.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 8 days ago.

The question is what started this for her. The weight loss is likely due to her not being able to eat very much. If she has not had blood work performed or even a recent exam, my concerns with her age would be oral pain, organ dysfunction, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, etc. I would recommend having her examined, blood work performed including a thyroid panel and an exam performed to determine if she is in need of a dental cleaning/extractions.

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Customer: replied 8 days ago.
The reason I'm on this site is because I don't want to go to the vet. As much as I love her, she is an outdoor mouser cat and I just can't justify spending 100's of $ on her.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 8 days ago.

You did ask what could cause weight loss so quickly and those are your top answers. If you wish to avoid veterinary care for her, you'r best bet is continue as you're doing now with soft foods. Eventually with more persistent weight loss, you're likely going to need to consider euthanasia for her vs. allowing her to continue to lose more weight. Alas, she is over 12 years of age and just like a senior human the risk of her body beginning to fail is a substantial one.

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