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Experience:  Veterinary Surgeon at Tameside Veterinary Clinic
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23 year old cat has stopped eating was eating until about a

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23 year old cat has stopped eating was eating until about a 3 weeks ago then was eating less and less seemed to be having a hard time chewing so got wet food he would just lick off the gravy now when I bring him anything he smells it and gags losing weight but other than that seems fine walking around doesn't seem to be in pain ?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Did the cat have a fall?
Customer: no
JA: The Expert will ask you more detailed questions to find out what is causing this. It might be a fracture. The Expert will know what to do. What is the cat's name?
Customer: tiger
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the cat?
Customer: no
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 2 months ago.

Hi, i`m Richard, a Veterinarian from the UK. Hopefully I can help today.

Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 2 months ago.

Has he shown any signs of vomiting or diarrhea?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Are we still connected or are you busy or are you still considering an answer ?
Waiting for response
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 2 months ago.

Hi, apologies for the delay in response, I have been offline for a few days. How is Tiger doing just now?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Seems to be losing weight tired not eating was eating miniual liguids tried cat
milk ate some now won't and can't get him to even eat the gravy from cat food
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
One minute he is walking around a little slow at times but he is sleeping most of the time
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 2 months ago.

Does he have any signs of dental disease?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Not sure a few weeks backk I thought his thrrth might be having a problem by the way he was chewing so switched to soft food but still wouldn't eat? I did feel around his throat and three are two of three lumps didn't know if that was something to do with it
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 2 months ago.

There are several issues that can creep up on elderly cats. Dental disease is by far the most common. Tooth decay and gingivitis can cause significant pain and infection from the mouth can lead to abscesses. This can severely affect their appetite and these cats often appear hungry but eating causes pain.

Older cats are also more prone to an overactive thyroid and kidney disease. Cats with thyroid problems often lose weight but generally have a good appetite. however cats with kidney disease can feel very unwell which can put the off their food and be associated with significant weight loss.

It would be wise to have Tiger checked over by your vet who will be able to check his teeth for dental disease and may recommend blood work to check for any signs of thyroid issues or kidney disease. In the mean time the best thing you can do is keep his food soft for him to manage to eat, smellier foods such as fish are often more appetizing so tempting him with these may be a good idea to try and encourage him to eat.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
ok thanks
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 2 months ago.

You are very welcome. Hopefully Tiger is feeling much better very soon!

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