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Rebecca, Cat Veterinarian
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I have a 3-yr old male American short hair, neutered at 1 yr.

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I have a 3-yr old male American short hair, neutered at 1 yr. He was feisty when we got him, so his name is***** the last few months he has been eating and drinking normally, but losing weight. He has not worms, fleas or ticks. He is entirely an indoor cat and has been inspected thoroughly regularly, as have the others.
He lives with four others, all neutered, one other male and three females...including one dominant, but not pushy about it. Clancy slowly becoming more "clingy" and less aggressive.
My question is, should I have him checked for diabetes, or does this sound like something else?
Thank you,
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I am sorry to hear you are worried about Clancy. I am a veterinarian, and will do my best to help. Is he vomiting at all? Any diarrhea? Is he drinking a normal amount of water, or more than normal?
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
It is unlikely he has diabetes. Usually cats with diabetes are older, and are drinking a lot of water. Weight loss can be caused by other things: stress, increased activity level, hyperthyroidism (again, this would be unusual in a cat only 3 years old), inflammatory bowel disease (usually but not always there is some vomiting and diarrhea), and decreased production of pancreatic digestive enzymes ( again, usually there is some diarrhea). If he is not drinking more than normal (hard to tell with 5 cats, I'm sure), is eating well, and there is no diarrhea or vomiting, this may not be serious. Still, it is never a bad idea to have him checked out, and some basic blood tests and a thyroid level done if he is losing weight.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Hi Paul,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Clancy. How is everything going?