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My cat has lost weight in the past 5-6 months. Yet he tries…

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My cat has lost weight in the past 5-6 months. Yet he tries to eat everything he can get a hold of. Has never eaten or begged for people food now he gets into anything that smells like food. Takes food off a plate if we turn our back on it. What could be going on with him..

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if your cat will be able to digest that. What is the cat's name?

.gizmo

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

He’s 12 years old. Plays with toys, does not seem in any pain.

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I am sorry to hear you are concerned about Gizmo.

One of the most common reason for an older cat to lose weight but act more hungry than usual is a condition called hyperthyroidism.

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It can be diagnosed by a blood test, and is treated with special diet and medication, or else radioactive iodine therapy.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I was wondering about diabetes but he doesn’t seem to be drinking excess amount of water
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I’m at work so can’t answer phone now

Diabetic cats are usually drinking a lot more water than normal. It is a possibility, but hyperthyroidism is also a possible explanation.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ok thank you so much for your quick response. I will look into this. Kathy

You are welcome. Please let me know what you find out, and if you have other questions.

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

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