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He is 7-8 years old and came to me feral. Now he is skin and

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He is 7-8 years old and came to me feral. Now he is skin and bones and wants food every minute and is not gaining weight.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name?
Customer: Little guy
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the cat?
Customer: Because he is feral I have not taken him to a vet.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 11 months ago.

Thank you for using Just Answer. My name is***** am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Could my cat be diabetic?
Expert:  Rebecca replied 11 months ago.

Diabetes is a possibility. Does he drink a lot of water?

Other causes for a cat to lose weight while having a ravenous appetite are hyperthryoidism (over active thyroid gland), pancreatic insufficiency (pancreas not producing the enzymes needed to digest food), parasites, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal lymphoma (cancer; can be seen in younger feral cats that are infected with the feline leukemia virus).

You could take a stool sample to a veterinarian to be tested for parasites. If no parasites are seen, then testing for and treating these conditions would be the only answer for his problem.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 11 months ago.

Is he too wild to be touched, or handled?

Expert:  Rebecca replied 11 months ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Expert:  Rebecca replied 11 months ago.

I have not heard back from you. I hope you saw my responses. How is Little Guy doing? Can I answer any more of your questions?