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My cat only eats liquid from his food and leaves the base…

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My cat only eats...

My cat only eats liquid from his food and leaves the base food like salmon or beef, but likes gravy only. Lost lot of weight. Is bony

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is your cat's name and age?

He’s Diablo. Male, black, 17 years old.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your cat?

He has lost most of his hearing and has trouble with his eyesight.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Joey, Board Certified replied 4 months ago
Dr. Joey
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Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for asking your question and trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 18 years of experience. This does sound like his appetite is off, especially if Diablo used to eat all of his food with gusto.

There are many reasons for a cat of his age to have appetite issues. My top worry is an organ issue especially liver or kidney or pancreas (chronic pancreatitis), although we cannot rule out an endocrine disease such as hyperthyroidism (usually increases appetite but in some cats they develop the opposite with time) or diabetes. And we also cannot rule out a tumor/cancer.

I do wish I could narrow down the list but lower than normal appetite and corresponding weight loss are quite nonspecific. The best next step to try to figure out what is going on is for him to visit his veterinarian for an exam and some lab work (CBC, chemistry panel, thyroid check, urinalysis). We usually can narrow it down from there, although sometimes x-rays are needed.

In the meantime, if you are unable to get him in to be seen right away you could try administering famotidine (Pepcid AC) 10mg at 1/2 tab once daily for nausea. No bad side effect and might help.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Joey, Board Certified replied 4 months ago

I am at a point I need to know what questions you have.

I hope that the information I provided has been helpful.

Please let me know if for any reason you need further clarification, have more questions, or were expecting a different type of answer.

**If you received all the information you needed, then please take a moment to submit a rating.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Joey, Board Certified replied 4 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Joey
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