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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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Help with overweight cat I limit her intake. I have more

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help with overweight cat I limit her intake. I have more than one cat she always tries to steal their food. I stop her. She is still overweight! would eat eat eat if allowed.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. How old is your cat, please? The first order of business is to see if her polyphagia (increased hunger) is due to a medical problem such as diabetes mellitus, Cushing's disease, hyperthyroidism (atypical), exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, malabsorption disorders, or a brain tumor involving the appetite center in the hypothalamus. Her vet will want to thoroughly examine your cat and perform diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests in an attempt to spot such a disorder. A basic diagnostic panel should have a TLI blood test added on (to detect exocrine pancreatic insufficiency - a lack of digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas) as well as serum folate and vitamin B12 level testing (to detect a malasorption disorder).

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