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My cat acts like she is starving, and breathes down food that

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My cat acts like she is starving, and breathes down food that is put in front of her, but she is losing weight and gotten to the point that she is boney and almost emaciated. she is not even a year old. a full blood panel was run and all levels checked out fine.. the only other thing i've noticed that might be a symptom is that he tongue has turned from a normal pink to a solid black. we are at a loss as to what is going on.

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With a young cat and losing weight yet eating a lot, hyperthyroidism is possible, but would be a little young for that. I would be concerned about intestinal absorption problem. I would suggest to ask your veterinarian to run a specific blood testing for cobalamin and folate (usually requires sending to the lab in Texas to run). As well, I would suggest to ask your vet to start her on vitamin B12 injection. Some cats can run into vitamin deficiency and just need the supplement. As well, if running the test and using vitamin B12 and there is no improvement, then you need to consider seeing an internal medicine specialist for consultation. You can find one here:


Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks.


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