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Weight Loss

Clare YatesClare Yates KentMember Posts: 322 ✭✭
edited 12 March, 2012 in Senior Cats
I'm almost 18 and I've been gradually losing weight as i've gotten older and my skin is a little loose, i've had blood tests which were all clear and my teeth are fine, although i do have food allergy problems which are under control with special foods, my mum thought i was getting thinner because ive lost muscle density and truthfully i don't eat as much as i used to but the vet said today that it wasn't the case, that old cats don't lose weight unless they have a health problem and he's ordered another lot of blood tests for next week. Have any other older kitties lost weight for no reason, just because they're getting older?
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  • MrD_Sam_RazaMrD_Sam_Raza New ZealandMember Posts: 2,511 ✭✭✭
    edited 29 March, 2011
    Yes I have lost lots of weight, I used to be quite a big kitty:^: well about 7 - 8 kgs but now I\'m down to 3-4 kgs and the vets says I look great for an old guy. My bones stick out on my toosh, hey I\'m old. I\'m still in good shape according to them. I just have arthritis, the kidneys are starting to shut down and I have a bad bladder infection which I\'m getting tablets for. I\'m shaved down the back (it\'s still warm here in NZ) but all in all they reckon I\'m in pawsome shape. So yes I think you do loose body mass as you get older. Even older humans are known to get smaller. At 18 I\'m guessing you will be smaller than your prime. Congratulations for getting to 18 and counting ~a~
  • Lisa ProvostLisa Provost Member Posts: 4,486
    edited 29 March, 2011
    Hi Winnie, well it really is true that kitties as well as people lose muscle mass as they get older. But kitties as well as people can develop all kinds of health issues also that can cause this when they get older and I'm actually very impressed your vet wants to pursue this. He could be saving your life sweetie! There are different series of tests that can show changes or problems that are not usually included in a standard blood test. Let him do what he has to do okay? Far too often I see vets that just send the kitty home and blame it on old age, when in fact they have something that needs to be treated. I'm very happy with this vet! Good for him and good for you! You're lucky to have him! :)
  • Clare YatesClare Yates KentMember Posts: 322 ✭✭
    edited 30 March, 2011
    Thank you for the replies, I'm definitely going for my blood tests next week, i was just curios when the vet said older cat's didn't lose weight, i used to be a big kitty but im about half the size i was, its been a gradually drop over the last few years. I am grateful that the vet is trying to help, almost 2 years ago when my food problems started a different vet it wasn't worth trying any treatment because i was too old and at that point we didn't even know it was food making me ill, my mum solved the problems by herself by basically buying every food she could until she found one i could eat! My new vet is a cat owner and i think that makes all the difference. Keep your paws crossed that my tests go ok |:|
  • Lisa ProvostLisa Provost Member Posts: 4,486
    edited 30 March, 2011
    I think it's definitely worth pursuing then like you said. If that happened to you before and now this one wants to absolutely make sure you're okay, I definitely would do it. Since your mom had that experience already before, she understands the need to at least check and make sure. Good for her! We'll purr for you that everything turns out okay! Please keep us posted sweetie. =;
  • Clare YatesClare Yates KentMember Posts: 322 ✭✭
    edited 7 April, 2011
    I had my blood test on tuesday but i don't get the results until next tuesday, so keep your paws crossed for me please. I've got a huge bald patch on my neck where they took the blood but mum says im still beautiful! :r
  • Michele RohyansMichele Rohyans Member Posts: 231
    edited 7 April, 2011
    Of course you are beautiful Winnie! We are sending purrs and pawsitive energy to you... whatever the results we are here for you, please know, we are cheering you on and hope the results bring good news. ;c;%:D% Chiquitita and Bandit and mommy
  • Sarah_PinkSarah_Pink Chapel HillMember Posts: 153 ✭✭
    edited 10 April, 2011
    Good luck with the blood test results! Bastet and I are thinking about you.
  • BambergcatBambergcat Member Posts: 838 ✭✭✭
    edited 12 April, 2011
    My vet starts senior testing when they are much younger than your cat. Alex is just eight and he will get his later in the year. It does save a life or help with the length of the life. Kidney problems are very common as they get older. You will see drop of weight with kidneys. Cats can live months or years with the kidney disease. If you get on top of it early, you can change diet, add water to their food, or just give them more fluids yourself. Natasha had a lot of UTI's which indected something was wrong.....Testing is a positive approach to cat care....Any good vet will test with a senior cat. Hope all goes well....
  • Clare YatesClare Yates KentMember Posts: 322 ✭✭
    edited 12 April, 2011
    got some of my test results today. My kidneys are fine, my liver is ok, i\'m not diabetic but my thyroid test results have been lost so i had to have another blood test for that today, get the result next week. I was so annoyed that they had to take more blood i bit the vet :r
  • kellie goforthkellie goforth Member Posts: 2
    edited 13 April, 2011
    HI I'M 12 YEARS OLD & ALSO HAVE BEEN LOSING SOME MUSCLE DENSITY & MOM CAN FEEL MY BUTT BONES WHEN SHE PETS ME BUT I STILL EAT LIKE A "PIG" AS OFTEN AS THEY'LL FEED & RUN AROUND LIKE A CRAZY GIRL!WE USED TO LIVE IN THE COUNTRY UP TIL ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO SO NOW I ONLY GET TO GO OUT DURING THE DAY SO THAT I WON'T GET LOST AT NIGHT.I.M STILL A HAPPY CAT WHO CAN PURR REALLY LOUD!
  • Clare YatesClare Yates KentMember Posts: 322 ✭✭
    edited 16 April, 2011
    Got My thyroid test results back and it was normal...so i guess i've just lost weight because i'm getting old.
  • Sarah_PinkSarah_Pink Chapel HillMember Posts: 153 ✭✭
    edited 16 April, 2011
    Glad to hear everything's okay Winnie. :)
  • Shelley CoxShelley Cox CarbondaleMember Posts: 2,752
    edited 17 April, 2011
    This is Delyte. I have lost a tremendous amount of weight too, down from nearly 14 lbs at age 10 to my current skeletal 8.5. Ny person has been trying to control my thyroid for three years with the medicine that you rub on the ears but it doesn't seem to be working. I go back to the vet at the beginning of next month to have my values done againn. If I have to switch to the pill form, it is going to be a problem because almost any medication that I take orally upsets my stomach and then I stop eating which makes everything worse. She is very frustrated that something like thyroid is destroying me when it is controllable for so many. I am now too weak to go through the radioactive treatment, and in any case they would have to take me to St. Louis, 100 miles away in the car, and leave me there for several weeks. They don't think I would survive that. Plus I have shown some signs of confusion lately, and I am pulling out my fur on my rear. This getting old is really not any fun at all. My person is going to give me a big birthday party in two weeks, before the vet visit, so I have something to look forward to. Lots of purrs to you, Winnie! Black cats rule, especially when they keep all of their beautiful furs and don't spread them all over the floor ... :r
  • Arlye DruryArlye Drury DartmouthMember Posts: 826
    edited 18 April, 2011
    Purrcy here. I have been struggling with weight loss for a couple of years due to illness. My mumma combats this by giving me several meals (as much as I will eat) a day of foods that I like. Mumma would love to switch me to healthier foods,but eating is key here and if I don't like it and won't eat it, it doesn't make sense to try to force it (mumma's logic). The main thing,in mumma's opinion is eating..as best I can. At age 14, mumma doesn't see any sense in trying to change my mind about the foods I will eat. My weight (when I have been sick) has been as low as 8.8#. Currently I weigh 10.12# (average weekly weight right now). I have a scale and mumma weighs me on Sundays and writes down how much I weigh. If I feel, sick she weighs me more frequently and adjusts my meals accordingly. Sometimes she has to hand-feed me and give me fluids under my skin. Mumma can FEEL if I have lost weight just by picking me up and running her hands along my body. As an older cat, I have lost some muscle tone and mass...this is normal in a cat - or human - as we age. Old age ain't fur sissies as my Granmaw says. And btw my grandmaw is 89...and mumma buys her all kinds of bad food like pie and cake and pastry....as well as supplemental drinks to try to help her gain weight. Her Doctor told her to eat STEAK!!! Because guess what??? at 89 bad eating habits aren't going to kill her!!! Love, Purrcy
  • Clare YatesClare Yates KentMember Posts: 322 ✭✭
    edited 20 April, 2011
    Look's like i celebrated those clear test results too early, the vet told us today she's pretty sure i have cancer..... Don't really know what happens next but i'll fight as hard as i can.
  • Sarah_PinkSarah_Pink Chapel HillMember Posts: 153 ✭✭
    edited 21 April, 2011
    Aww Winnie I'm so sorry! My human has cancer (Leukemia) and it can be a tough road to travel sometimes. I'm not sure what the treatment is for cats but if you want to talk I'm here for you.
  • Teresa ConcannonTeresa Concannon Member Posts: 7,378
    edited 21 April, 2011
    Winnie, I\'m sorry your vet thinks you have cancer and am purring for you and hope it isn\'t true. Do you know what kind of cancer your vet thinks you have? I had intestinal lymphoma. If you have questions, let me know! |:|
  • Clare YatesClare Yates KentMember Posts: 322 ✭✭
    edited 21 April, 2011
    They think it's liver cancer, all my tests were normal but the vet said she can feel that there are lumps on my liver and with the weight loss (i'm still losing weight) and the slight sickness problem i've had she said it all points to cancer. They wanted to put me under and do some tests but they did say that just putting me under anesthetic at my age could kill me and if the tests prove what they think they will there's nothing they can do about it anyway, my two legs said no, they didn't want to take the risk, so im home, doing my normal things and being spoiled....
  • Teresa ConcannonTeresa Concannon Member Posts: 7,378
    edited 21 April, 2011
    Winnie, I\'m so sorry and understand your mommy\'s decision. |:| Is there anything your vet can give you to help you feel more comfortable? Before I was diagnosed with intestinal lymphoma, the vet I was then seeing thought I might have liver cancer (or some type of liver disease). She said the only way to be 100% sure was doing a surgical biopsy. When she explained the poor prognosis if I did have liver cancer, my mom decided not to put me through surgery and opted to do nothing. Sometimes liver cancer can be diagnosed with an ultrasound and needle biopsy but a needle biopsy on the liver is risky and we\'ve heard of cats bleeding to death a few days after having it done, so mom opted not to have that done either. When mommy changed vets, my new vet immediately suspected I had intestinal lymphoma and sent me to a specialist. He was able to avoid surgery and diagnose me by doing a biopsy via endoscopy along with an ultrasound. Since intestinal lymphoma responds well to chemo and the prognosis was good, I went on chemo. Purring for you Winnie and purring that you have many comfortable days ahead of you to spend with your loving family. |/a/|
  • Clare YatesClare Yates KentMember Posts: 322 ✭✭
    edited 22 April, 2011
    I see the vet again in 2 weeks and we've got loads of questions to ask, i'm an old girl and haven't been in the best health for a few months but it was still a massive shock to hear Cancer, mum's mind went blank after hearing that and she couldn't think of anything. I don't seem to be in pain, i'm doing everything i normally do, so i guess all we can do is carry on.
  • Lisa FLisa F Forest HillsMember Posts: 67
    edited 27 April, 2011
    I'm sorry to hear about your cancer, Winnie. I have a tumor on my liver, and the vet told Mom to do nothing - just spoil me, love me to bits, make sure I'm not in any pain, that I'm eating and drinking, peeing and pooping, etc. So far, I seem to be okay! And my vet told my mom to do the same things for me. I'm almost 16, which is a pretty good age - I'm on meds for the liver, plus my kidneys and thyroid, and I'm doing pretty well for an old guy!
  • Universal WhispererUniversal Whisperer Member Posts: 595 ✭✭
    edited 16 May, 2011
    Age related kidney failure and hyperthyroidism seem to be two of the most common causes of decline of weight & condition in an elderly cat.
  • Lisa ProvostLisa Provost Member Posts: 4,486
    edited 17 May, 2011
    Hi Winnie and Edison! I'm so sorry you both have tumors in your livers. I had fatty liver disease which of course is NOT the same thing but I didn't get better. The liver is so tender in a kitty. It is probably the best thing to just keep living your life and get all the love, hugs, treats, etc that you can get. You're both very, very lucky to have such loving and understanding parents. It's going to be very hard for them to lose either one of you. But it may not be for a very long time, we'll pray that's the case. That you both live, pain free, and happy for as long as you can. Many purrs and headbonks to you both. |:|
  • Michele RohyansMichele Rohyans Member Posts: 231
    edited 17 May, 2011
    Purring for you both! |:| Chiquitita, Bandit and mommy
  • Universal WhispererUniversal Whisperer Member Posts: 595 ✭✭
    edited 16 June, 2011
    I've seen many older cats lose weight, sometimes almost like they go overnight from looking healthy to looking skinny and old, all were cats who after developing that skinny old cat look, I call it, lived approximately another year with supportive treatment for age related kidney failure. Hyperthyroidism is another common ailment seen in senior cats which causes weight loss. I've also seen senior cats refuse to eat and lose weight because of bad teeth, sometimes including infection, and a painful mouth. AFter removal of the bad teeth and treatment for the infection, these cats ate normally again. A thorough vet checkup & lab tests is in order. The sooner such problems are diagnosed and appropriate treatments started, the better the animal's chances for longer quality life time.
  • Clare YatesClare Yates KentMember Posts: 322 ✭✭
    edited 29 July, 2011
    i've been given a new diagnosis, triaditis, we'll never be 100% because mum wont let me be knocked out for scans but ive been on the meds for a few weeks and ive put on almost 2lb, the vet did say theres still a chance of it being cancer but for now i'm doing well and eating LOADS!
  • Lisa ProvostLisa Provost Member Posts: 4,486
    edited 29 July, 2011
    WINNIE! Please go to my website about Triaditis! I had that!!! www.ibdkitties.net. Pawmail me if you need anything or have any questions!
  • Clare YatesClare Yates KentMember Posts: 322 ✭✭
    edited 30 July, 2011
    Thank you Alex for the infomation, i will message you if i have any questions xxx
  • Clare YatesClare Yates KentMember Posts: 322 ✭✭
    edited 1 March, 2012
    Just thought i'd update, i'm still here, its been almost 11 months since my mum was told i had liver cancer and i would only live for about 2 weeks or so and that she should have me put to sleep, my weight did drop and im now a little boney but im a steady 3kg's, one vet said i had triditis another said i didnt and that i definitely had cancer and that my 2 legs were wicked keeping me alive... Same vet clinic just different vets, its amazing how different their opinions were...luckily my mum doesn't listen too well :D i have vitamin b12 jabs and steroids and im enjoying my life, im a little slow and sleep a lot but hey im a cat sleeping is what we do. i see a nice vet now who laughs at me and cuddles me when i get grumpy with him when he gives me my jab and he says he can't feel any lumps, bumps or swellings. In just over a month i will be 19 :P
  • Arith CastrejonArith Castrejon CountrysideMember Posts: 4
    edited 6 March, 2012
    Have they tested your thyroid? My brother Mufasa was a great eater he ate more that Pixie, Pebbles, and me!!! but her was really skinny, my mommy tried everything but the vet told her that it was his thyroid that was out of control. Because he was a stray, my mommy did not know how long he had this untreated condition but as soon as the vet diagnosed Mufasa with hyperthyroid he got medications and put on a couple of pounds.
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