Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a 2003 graduate, and currently a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern.
No, not necessarily!
Eating alot! Losing weight!
This combination is one of the most significant symptoms seen with the number 2 condition seen in all older cats. It is called hyperthyroidism, and it is very possible to manage the condition.
* Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
I absolutely vote for getting into a vet for some basic testing.
A feline basic blood test and a urine test (urinalysis) may answer a lot of concerns, or at least rule-out many possible explanations.
What can tests tell you:Chemistry Panel CBC (complete blood count)Urinalysis
Both, a blood and urine sample is usually easy for a veterinarian to obtain. A urine test is taken directly from a needle poke into the bladder, with a needle no bigger than what is used to give a vaccine.
- ensure a thyroid level is also included on the blood test to rule-out hyperthyroidism (elevated thyroid hormone)
Definitely, well worth the testing before making any decisions.
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