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My 12 year old male cat is not eating as much as he use to eat. Every time he eats dry food, he keeps trying to get some out of his mouth by using his paw. When he eats soft food, he some times spit it back out. He has always been a very good eater. It also looks like his is losing weight. I put this on that he is not eating a lot.
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Denise, Cat Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Denise, Cat Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I'm so sorry to hear that Mr. Finney is not eating well and losing weight. From your description, it sounds like he may have a painful condition is his mouth making it difficult to eat, or he may have an internal metabolic condition affecting his appetite. At his age, both are possible. Over time, some cats can develop painful lesions (similar to cavities) in their teeth that can be quite painful, or he may have a fractured or infected tooth.

I recommend having Mr. Finney seen by his veterinarian for a thorough oral exam and bloodwork to check the condition of his mouth and his internal organ function. From there, treatment will be determined based on the exam and test results.

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