You've correctly identified at least two causes of her weight loss - a normal age-related loss and simply eating less at this time. Please note that 0.15 kg/3.55 kg = 4.2% weight loss over a year which bears watching, however. The nutritional requirements of older cats are similar to those of young to middle-aged cats. Dehydration is a common problem in older cats as thirst sensitivity decreases with aging. Feeding a canned diet as the majority of Ginger's diet will increase water intake.
The prevalence of underweight cats increases after 11 years of age. This can occur due to concurrent disease, decreases in appetite or sensory function, and decreased digestion and absorption of food. Decreased pancreatic enzyme secretion reduces fat digestion in oder cats and changes in liver function can affect nutreint absorption. Thus, older cats need to be monitored closely to maintain an optimal body condition. If progressive weight loss occurs in Ginger, make sure that her next diagnostics also include a TLI blood test which identifies the lack of digestive enzymes produced by her pancreas and serum folate and vitamin B12 levels which are helpful when diagnosing a malabsorption problem.
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That's good to hear. It sounds like Ginger's vet is on top of her. Please continue our conversation if you wish.
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