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Approaches her cat food dish like its going to jump out at her, she is loosing weight

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name and age?

Calico, 15yrs.old

Veterinarian's Assistant: How old is calico?

15

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about calico?

Eats mice and likes to be outside

Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Kelly Hill, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
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Cat Veterinarian: Kelly Hill, Cat Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

In an older cat, with weight loss and abnormal behavior, I would be concerned with hyperthyroidism. If the thyroid gland is over secreting hormones, it causes the metabolism to increase, weight loss, increased blood pressure and high heart rates. But it can also cause abnormal mentation and abnormal vocalization. It sounds like she is still eating, which is great. Another possibility is that she is having issues with her vision. This can be due to a primary problem with the eyes or secondary to high blood pressure.

Either way, at her age, I recommend that she be seen by your local veterinarian and have some bloodwork to start. Other diseases that are common in older kitties and cause weight loss are diabetes and renal failure. All of the mentioned issues are relatively easily diagnosed with bloodwork. Please ask any follow up questions. Take care.

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