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Do you think it is ok for a cat to be under 5 pounds wan the cat ones was over 15 pounds

Dallas PigeonDallas Pigeon Green BayMember Posts: 2
edited 26 June, 2007 in Cat Health
The cat is now 13. she was over 15 Pounds all the way up untill she hit her 12 year. but in her 12 year we got a new dog. She dose not like the new dog. the doge makes her run a lot. And she has to befend her self all the time now. You can fell her ribbcage. the Doc. said that it could be cause of the new dog or it my just be because she is geting old. but he said if she lossy anymore pounds she would have to be put to sleep. If she is put to sleep I really do not know what I would do cause she is the world to me.


  • Elizabeth KrinskyElizabeth Krinsky Member Posts: 3
    edited 26 June, 2007
    Sounds like either Jasmine needs to find a new home or your dog needs to find a new home.
  • edited 26 June, 2007
    I agree with Ramses. I don't believe what the vet said about her ribs showing that she should be put down. Since she is stressed, food is unable to be properly digested and utilized, so she's eating it, and it's probably coming out in the same quantity, at the same nutrition level as it went in. Re-home the dog. It would be too sad to move such an elderly cat to a new stressful home.:((
  • Michelle MelvilleMichelle Melville Member Posts: 96
    edited 26 June, 2007
    Don't even go there with cat stress. With that kind of rapid weightloss liver problems could result. trust me, you don't want to go through dealing with a cat with fatty liver disease. Get a second vet opinion and check for liver function. If you must keep both animals then the cat must have an area free of the dog so she can relax.
  • Deb O'NeillDeb O'Neill PerkasieMember Posts: 8,659
    edited 26 June, 2007
    Absolutely! Keep the dog away from the cat. Too bad it's gone on for a year.
  • Phoebe McPhoebodyPhoebe McPhoebody Member Posts: 744
    edited 26 June, 2007
    Freddy is right. If a cat who weighed over 15 pounds is now under 5 pounds, that is very very NOT okay. Something is wrong, and I don't think the dog is the only thing. It certainly is addding to the stress level, which can aggravate an underlying medical condition, but....something is physically wrong. Spice went from 10.5 pounds to 8.5 pounds in a brief period of time at the age of 14 and I brought her in for a check. It was hyperthyroid, which I had treated with radiocat. She went back up to just over 10 pounds until she developed kidney failure 3 years later. When she left us she was down to 6.5 pounds (she lost 4 pounds in the last 6 months of her life) and was a frail little bag of bones. Towards the end, I used to cuddle her and say 'You're just like holding a little bit of nothing.' But....PLEASE get her a complete checkup including bloodwork. That kind of rapid weightloss is a TOTAL red flag. I am surprised if the vet did not recommend one. PS...I just looked at the profile and want to say that Jasmin is lucky to have such a nice young adult for a sibling. Your mom should be very proud that you took the time to make the page and post your concerns. GOOD LUCK! |bb|
  • edited 26 June, 2007
    I again come back to agree. I just got my blood test and I'm in the all-clear! You should, at the very least, get a mini panel done. When a cat becomes a senior, the most responsible thing to do is get a blood test at least every year. Every other at tops.|^|
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