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TO HAVE A LOT OF BLACK FLAKS RIGHT AT THE ROOT OF MOST OF HIS HAIR.

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MY 15YR OLD HAS LOST A LOT OF WEIGHT REAL FAST. I CAN NOW FEEL ALL HIS BONES. HE ALSO SEEM TO HAVE A LOT OF BLACK FLAKS RIGHT AT THE ROOT OF MOST OF HIS HAIR. WHATS HAPPENING?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  LennyDVM replied 9 years ago.

The black flakes sound like flea dirt. It may mean there are still fleas around. Try wetting a tissue or paper towel and rubbing it over your cat's fur so that the black flakes get on it. If there is a red tinge around black specks on the tissue, it is dried blood from the feces of the fleas and there are still fleas.

 

Weight loss in old cats (15 is old) can be caused by a lot of things.

 

  • Fleas can cause it because they are irritating and eat blood causing anemia and weight loss.
  • Kidney disease is a common cause and cats also stop eating.
  • Hyperthyroidism (over active thyroid) and diabetes result in weight loss and increased eating.
  • Heart disease.
  • Liver disease.
  • Infected gums and teeth.
  • Cancer of various types cause weigh loss.

The best way to get a diagnosis is to have your vet check out your cat and do some diagnostic blood work. A diagnosis will allow you to know what options for treatment are available and what is the best option for your friend.

 

Let me know if you have follow up questions.

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