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Cher, Feline Specialist
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Experience:  Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
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Our cat is experiencing weight loss and lack of appetite.

Customer Question

Hi. Our cat is experiencing weight loss and lack of appetite. She's also lethargic.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the cat. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Libby, age 8.5
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Libby?
Customer: She sneezes and coughs a lot. She also licks herself bare in patches. Finally, she has loose, stool which is somethings bloody.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Sometimes she has anal leakage.
Expert:  Cher replied 6 months ago.

Hi, I'm Cher. Welcome to JustAnswer.

I'm reviewing your question now and will post back with your reply, shortly.

Expert:  Cher replied 6 months ago.

Hello, again.

I'm so sorry Libby has all these symptoms. They can all indicate different conditions or all be related to the same problem.

Due to her senior age, her lack of appetite, weight loss and lethargy can be signs of untreated diabetes, a thyroid problem, liver or kidney issues. Older cats are more prone to develop these diseases.

Her sneezing and coughing may indicate the beginning of an upper respiratory infection (kitty cold) or it can be a symptom of feline herpes virus (different from human herpes). For the moment, you can run a humidifier in the room she spends the most time in and start giving her herpes medication made for cats, like Viralys. Here is more information:


If she's licking herself excessively, causing hair loss, she may have a condition called feline psychogenic alopecia. This can have many causes, one being stress. To reduce stress get a Feliway plug in, which emits calming pheromones. Here is more information:

If her stools are loose and sometimes contain blood, this is a serious symptom, indicating there is a problem in her intestinal system or she may have allergies to some of her foods.

There are so many symptoms, that Libby definitely needs to be seen by her vet or any vet in person, as soon as possible, to be evaluated, diagnosed and treated. Blood work, urinalysis and a fecal analysis will be done to provide more diagnostic tools for the vet.

I hope all will be well with Libby! Please let me know how she's doing and what the vet's findings are. Thanks!

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Expert:  Cher replied 6 months ago.

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