My Japanese Bobtail, Indy, lost his appetite over 4 weeks ago and is losing weight. What can I do t

Dick GrayDick Gray RaleighMember Posts: 1
One vet put cat on antibiotics for 12 days but no help. I'm worried my cat won't make it much longer. I've been force feeding him cat vitamins, but not any change. Please help.

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  • Tina BTina B Vancouver IslandMember Posts: 2,238
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    You must take your cat to the vet now. If your cat is not eating they can get something called hepatic lipidosis, this is life threatening. They may give your cat sub-q's to hydrate, and a feeding tube. There is also a appettite stimulant that they can give him like cyproheptadine, which will give him an appetite in about 20 minutes. In the meantime try giving your cat some stinky wet food, or some baby food that does not contain garlic or onions.
  • Sandy NenningerSandy Nenninger PlainvilleMember Posts: 1,975
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    I would definitely get a second opinion. I am not sure what Indy's diagnosis is that the doctor was prescribing the antibiotics for but they can contribute to loss of appetite. Try different foods to get his interest. I'd grab a can of each brand until you find one he will eat. Mine love Fancy Feast Elegant Medeleys. (not the best food out there but you have to go with YUMMY when you're trying to convince them to eat) But definitely fishy smelling food to get the appetite going. And try beef or chicken baby food warmed a couple seconds in the microwave. Not hot, just enough to get the aromas going. You can even try cooking him some plain fresh fish. These things won't have the nutrition a cat needs , but since you're giving him vitamins, the important thing is getting some food into him.
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
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    Weight loss--when not associated with a weight loss diet--is a real danger with cats. Why the antibiotics? What was the diagnosis? Go back to your vet or find a new one. This is an urgent problem. Rather than stimulating eating, I would recommend a vet check, ideally by a vet who is a cat-clinic doctor or a specialist in these problems.
  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    I agree with everyone else about taking your cat back to the vet or getting a second opinion (take your cat's records to the new vet so they know exactly what has and hasn't been done for him). If you go back to the first vet for further treatment, tell them that Indy isn't getting any better and now he's losing weight, and that you are afraid you'll lose him. You are paying your vet to treat your kitty and hopefully cure him. Don't be afraid to have a serious chat with your vet about your fears for Indy. If your vet feels that whatever is wrong with Indy is beyond their realm of diagnoses and/or treatment, then perhaps they can suggest a specialty clinic for him. Good luck and let us know how Indy is doing.
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