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cat pulling all his fur out and getting thin in weight

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cat pulling all his fur out and getting thin in weight
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 3 years ago.
Welcome! My name is***** am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.

I am sorry to hear about this concern.
It is very important to get Smokey in to a vet.
Why?
1. Trying to overeat biscuits, yet losing weight. Meows for nothing. Many of these symptoms can be associated with hyperthyroidism (elevated thyroid hormone). This is the second most common condition diagnosed in older cats, and can be medically managed.

2. The pulling fur out can be seen with hyperthyroidism, as well as, conditions like allergies, or psychogenic alopecia (behavioral).

Psychogenic alopecia

3. The wattery poo also raises flags for possible inflammatory bowel disease, other organ issues, or possible intestinal lymphoma.

So, testing is crucial to figure out what could be going on and to decide what treatment plan to start.

A feline basic blood test and a urine test (urinalysis) may answer a lot of concerns, or at least rule-out many possible explanations.

What can tests tell you:
Chemistry Panel
CBC (complete blood count)
Urinalysis

Both, a blood and urine sample is usually easy for a veterinarian to obtain. A urine test is taken directly from a needle poke into the bladder, with a needle no bigger than what is used to give a vaccine.

- ensure a thyroid level is also included on the blood test to rule-out hyperthyroidism (elevated thyroid hormone)

A follow up test your vet may also suggest is abdominal ultrasound. A great, non-invasive way, to get a good look at the layering and walls of the stomach and intestinal tract.
What is Abdominal Ultrasound in Cats

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