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worried about my skinny elderly cat

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sweetandtenderhooligan Mon 11-Jul-11 11:22:15

My beautiful cat is about 13 or 14 years old (she was rescued 11 years ago). She's always been quite little and thin but she's lost a lot of weight recently, but is hungry all the time.

I took her to the vet for her boosters about a month ago and mentioned the weight loss. The vet said I should start feeding her on demand and see if she gains any weight.

I've been trying to do this but obviously when I'm at work I can't feed her. I leave biscuits out - but I don't know which cat is eating them as I've got two. I'm at home today and I've fed her two sachets of wet food so far. She at one and a half but she's currently scrounging around the kitchen licking the bottom of bowls etc. She begs all the time, like a dog.

She is really skinny. Her spine is very prominent. She looks old.

I have an appointment with the vet tomorrow and I'm wondering what to expect. Is it likely that she's really poorly? Or maybe something that's easily treated? I just want to be prepared.


Butterbur Mon 11-Jul-11 11:27:04

Has the vet done a thyroid test? We had this with an elderly cat some years ago, and the vet gave us thyroid tablets for her.

ImeldaM Tue 12-Jul-11 09:39:32

I would agree, sounds like possibly overactive thyroid, she would also be likely to be weeing a lot if thats the case.

My cat has this, and been on thyroid tabs for years now, she's about 16 & still going strong, still skinny but not poorly looking.

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