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Our cat is 17 years old. Everything seems fine except she…

Our cat is 17...

Our cat is 17 years old. Everything seems fine except she has been loosing her voice, little by little for the last 10 days or so. She used to have a very strong meow, but now it's more like a high pitched cry. What's going on?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The noise must be worrying. I'll connect you to the Veterinarian. What is the cat's name?

Roxy

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

She has lost weight over the last year or so.

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I am very sorry to see that you have not received a response to your initial question before now. I just came online and found that your question had not been addressed. How is your companion at this time? When did Roxy last have a full exam and bloodwork?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Not since we first brought her home. She is an indoor cat and has never been sick.

It sounds like she needs to have bloodwork performed. There are quite a few conditions which can cause weight loss, such as:

Liver disease
Kidney disease
Diabetes
Pancreatitis

One condition that we commonly see causing weight loss in senior cats, as well as changes in the sound of their voice is hyperthyroidism. This is more common in cats over the age of 13.

You can learn more information here:

Kidney disease: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/kidneydisease.cfm

Diabetes: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/brochure_diabetes.cfm

Hyperthyroidism: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/brochure_hyperthyroid.cfm

I would recommend that you schedule a visit to see your vet and discuss a CBC, chemistry, electrolyte and thyroid panel for good measure. If you've witnessed any appetite changes, vomiting or diarrhea recently, I would also suggest a pancreatic profile for good measure, as well.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Thank you for your response. I needed to know where to start to try and help Roxy. I will rate the answer for you.

You're welcome. Good luck!

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