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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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She's a 9yr old bengal with 3 teeth (from being mistreated

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She's a 9yr old bengal with 3 teeth (from being mistreated when young) so can't chew dry food. She's been fine on wet and swallows dry biscuits whole but has had really loose stools for the last few weeks plus has been more hungry than normal and very vocal. She's not particularly tame (can't pick her up without her getting distressed) so vet visits are traumatic. She seems fine apart from these symptoms but is there anything we should do or be looking for to identify anything serious?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The veterinarian will know if the Bengal will be able to digest that. What is the Bengal's name?
Customer: Gremlin
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about Gremlin?
Customer: No
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Gremlin. I believe that you're already seeing signs of something serious. Increased hunger (polyphagia) and excessive vocalizing are indicative of hyperthyroidism in a 9 year old. Diabetes mellitus is always a concern in polyphagic cats but excessive vocalizing isn't expected in diabetics. Gremlin's vet will want to throroughly examine Gremlin including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests. You should know within 24 hours how you might be able to help Gremlin. Hyperthyroid cats are most often treated with the oral or transdermal drug methimazole. Diabetics are insulin-dependent - at least initially. Some cats will go into remission and stay well when given a diabetic diet.

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