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Old 12-05-2008, 08:20 PM
 
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My 10 year old tabby, M.E, has lost a ton of weight over the past month and looks extremely thin, with pointed out hips and no fat/or muscle. I am puzzled because he never used to eat alot, now he is eating a ton and begging for scraps. He never used to beg before.

Also, his hips, butt and tail end seem to be really hurting him. We're planning on taking him to the vet this week, but thought maybe there was something I could do for him to ensure his lasting comfort...Any ideas anyone?
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Old 12-05-2008, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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It sounds like your cat may have hyperthyroidism, which is an overactive thyroid. This is very common in older cats. Your vet will probably do a T4 test and if the thyroid hormone is elevated your cat may be prescribed Tapazole. There are other treatment options, including surgery and radiation, but medication several times a day is the usual option, and most cats do well on the meds. Kidney problems may also occur in hyperthyroid cats, so regular vet checkups are necessary. One of my cats was diagnosed at 16 and lived until 19, healthy and active with her 2x day Tapazole.
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Old 12-06-2008, 06:30 AM
 
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Or it could be diabetes...also very common in cats.
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Old 12-09-2008, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Sebago area, in standish lived in Maine my whole life.
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Both very good answers. there are some scary ones but they arent as likely if your cat has gone through it a few months. Most illnessess that cause rapid weight loss are entirely treatable. another option now that i think about it is worms. or other parisites
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Old 12-11-2008, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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My 10 year old tabby, M.E, has lost a ton of weight over the past month and looks extremely thin, with pointed out hips and no fat/or muscle. I am puzzled because he never used to eat alot, now he is eating a ton and begging for scraps. He never used to beg before.

Also, his hips, butt and tail end seem to be really hurting him. We're planning on taking him to the vet this week, but thought maybe there was something I could do for him to ensure his lasting comfort...Any ideas anyone?
Diabetes!

Please get him to the vet and on insulin shots right away!
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Old 12-13-2008, 12:44 PM
 
Location: here and then there...!
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Could be major!
Please Please go to vet! Don't want kitty to be so uncomfortable.
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Old 01-04-2009, 11:37 PM
 
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Brought him to the vet a while ago...they are running some tests.
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Rochester, MN
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I have a cat that was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. She is on Tapazole 2 times a day. She loves the pill and eats it right up. We go back in a few weeks to have another T4 done to make sure that the dosage is working for her. I'm sending good thoughts to your kitty.
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Old 01-05-2009, 10:39 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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Hope everything went okay at the vet...and kitty feels better soon!
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Old 01-24-2009, 04:36 AM
 
Location: County Mayo Descendant
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Cherri

How is your cat?
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