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Concern about cats...
blaisepascal
(This won't mean much until later in this post, but Wolfie is eating right now)

I'm concerned about one of our cats. Wolfie seems to be having problems: She has lost a lot of weight recently, going from a normal, healthy (albeit teenage) cat to very bony, thin looking. She hasn't been acting much different (sleeps a lot, wanders around a lot, sits at my feet when I'm using my computer a lot), doesn't appear to be in pain, etc, yet her behavior to food is stranger than normal.

Wolfie likes the brand of treat we occasionally give her. The last time I gave her one, she sniffed it, licked it, and dropped it, as if to say "What's that? That's not food.". When there is no food in the free-feeder, she will paw at it (as that has, in the past, knocked food stuck in it down to the bowl proper). She has been pawing at it even though there is food there. Food consumption has fallen so much that the dry food in the free-feeders hasn't been replenished in a couple of weeks, and yet the bowls are still full (this might mean the cats are more adept at eating the gooshy-food we get for Tiger, one of our other cats). Fearing that she might be having teeth problems, we even tried offering the gooshy-food to her first, but she wouldn't eat it.

She is not acting hungry. She is not acting in pain. She is not acting more lethargic than is typical for a cat. She will still some when called. She still gets along with our other cats. She's just... thinning. And I know there's a limit to how thin a cat can get.

We have an vet appointment on Friday, as it's time for our cats' annual exams and shots. We will see what the vet thinks of her then.

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Our cat Elliott has an over-active thyroid. He didn't really seem to be seeking extra food, but he was losing weight and his coat looked dry and stark. He's also (despite being hyperthyroid) gotten far more picky about what he eats.
Your vet will likely do blood work to check for 5 things: cancer, kidney failure, liver failure, thyroid problems, and diabetes. Some are easier dealt with than others, and I wish you and your kitty good luck.

cats are notoriously good at hiding pain and illness - and many things, like a hyperactive thyroid ("gee, he's really active for his age, isn't he?"), may appear to be positive at first. Wolfie needs a very thorough check-up.


Thinning cats are the first sign of potentially serious trouble, as you well know, hon. You've done good looking at the cat input. Do you have any idea how the output is?

My first thought is kidneys, of course.

Sounds like Ember with her hyperthyroidism.

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