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Hi. My cat is a girl. She is 13yrs. She suddenly stopped eating.

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Hi. My cat is a girl. She is 13yrs. She suddenly stopped eating. She has lost a lot of weight although she was defo over weight. I changed her food. Dry from whisks to go cat dry food. Her meat I changed from gourmet gold pate to Sheba trays & pouches. She has had a good appetite with them. I have noticed a very big bald patch on her side , paws & legs. She is a lot more affectioate although she is very loving I have noticed a lot more she wants petting. Can u give me some advice.... Thanks
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 2 years ago.

Dr. Susan :

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Dr. Susan :

From what you are describing, I am highly suspicious of hyperthyroidism.

Dr. Susan :

With this condition, we can see weight loss in spite of a great appetite.

Dr. Susan :

Sometimes we see vomiting and diarrhea.

Dr. Susan :

We can see behavior changes, and skin and coat changes.

Dr. Susan :

She sounds like a very typical case!

Dr. Susan :

If you haven't already seen a local vet, I do recommend that as a next step. I would start with

Dr. Susan :

a physical exam and senior blood work profile.

Dr. Susan :

Sometimes this is enough to diagnose the condition and begin a treatment plan.

Dr. Susan :

If she does have hyperthyroidism, medication can be given as a pill, oral liquid, or a transdermal - this is a type of lotion that you rub on her ears.

Customer:

What is this condition?

Dr. Susan :

Another option is something called radioiodine therapy,

Dr. Susan :

but most of my clients choose the medication instead because radioiodine is very expensive ($1500-2000)

Dr. Susan :

I think she has hyperthyroidism.

Dr. Susan :

Diabetes is another condition that is common in older cats which can cause weight loss with a good appetite, so that is also a possibility.

Dr. Susan :

The other signs you listed seem more in line with the typical hyperthyroid cat though, so it is my number one suspicion!

Customer:

Can uexplain what this condition is

Dr. Susan :

Oh, I'm sorry. I misunderstood. Yes,

Dr. Susan :

hyperthyroidism is a disease in which the thyroid gland is over active and produces too much thyroid hormone.

Dr. Susan :

The thyroid in a general sense, controls the metabolism.

Dr. Susan :

When there is too much thyroid hormone, it is like the cat is running in fast forward all the time

Customer:

Does this cause pain to her?

Dr. Susan :

No, it isn't painful. However, there are consequences to untreated hyperthyroidism.

Dr. Susan :

As you have seen, we can note significant weight loss.

Dr. Susan :

Also, the heart beats faster. Because of this, many hyperthyroid cats develop a heart condition called HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy).

Dr. Susan :

HCM is a common cause of sudden death.

Dr. Susan :

So, I do highly recommend looking into this. If we confirm the diagnosis, I always recommend going forward with treatment.

Dr. Susan :

Treatment will be lifelong and require regular follow up blood work.

Dr. Susan :

Most vets will require bloodwork after a month on medication, and every 6-12 months thereafter.

Customer:

I will defo look into this. Thank u for ur help. It has put my mind at rest a liitle that she is not in pain. I was worried as my thoughts are cats do not show pain and purr when in pain?

Dr. Susan :

Sometimes they do purr when nervous or in pain, you're right. You're welcome! If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION.


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