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Cher, Feline Specialist
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Experience:  Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
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My male cat of about 11 years old. Lately I noticed his

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My male cat of about 11 years old. Lately I noticed his sides near the back part
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name?
Customer: Tommy. He eats very good but doesn't seem to gain any weight.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Tommy?
Customer: He drinks a lot of water.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 9 months ago.

Hi, I'm Cher. Welcome to JustAnswer.

I'm reviewing your question now and will post back with your reply, shortly.

Expert:  Cher replied 9 months ago.

Hi again,

I'm sorry to hear that Tommy's symptoms have you worried. From your description, it sounds like he may have developed hyperthyroidism, which is not uncommon in senior cats. The symptoms you describe are classic.


However, diabetes and kidney disease can also cause these symptoms, so your next best step is to have Tommy evaluated in person by his vet, have a routine blood panel done, including a thyroid test and then you will get a diagnosis and treatment, if necessary.

I hope all will be fine with Tommy!

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Warmest regards,


Expert:  Cher replied 9 months ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Expert:  Cher replied 8 months ago.

Hello again,

I'm just checking in with you to see how Tommy is doing.

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