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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My cat has lost a lot of weight but won't stop eating. He

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My cat has lost a lot of weight but won't stop eating. He has even recently eaten his own feces. He has diarrhea, some soft stool, and all he thinks about is food.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The Expert will know if your cat will be able to digest that. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Tut 11yrs old
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about your cat?
Customer: He has had some steroid shots but the effects did not last and prednisone.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Tut. Such polyphagic (increased hunger) cats who nevertheless have lost weight are either diabetic, hyperthyroid, or both. Less commonly, they've lost the ability to digest or absorb their food efficiently. Tut's vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam including fasted blood and urine tests. You should know within 24 hours how Tut might be helped. Diabetic cats are insulin-dependent. Most hyperthyroid cats are prescribed either oral or transdermal methimazole. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Is diarrhea also a part of those symptoms?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

Yes, it can be. Diarrhea is a nonspecific sign but is seen with the hypermotility of the GI tract caused by hyperthyroidism. If Tut were diabetic I might find that he also suffers from pancreatitis which can result in diarrhea. Please continue our conversation if you wish.