How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. B. Your Own Question

Dr. B.
Dr. B., Board Certified Veterinarian
Category: Vet
Satisfied Customers: 16179
Experience:  General practice veterinary surgeon with extensive experience in a wide range of species.
60269376
Type Your Vet Question Here...
Dr. B. is online now

Our cat is well looked after but is losing weight and fur is

Customer Question

Our cat is well looked after but is losing weight and fur is a little off balance and behaving ferally we have spent about £40 on flea treatment in recent weeks her "sister" our other cat is absolutely fine though
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian. I do apologize that your question was not answered before now, but different experts do come online at different times. Anyway, I have just come online, read about your situation and wanted to help.

Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not assist you before. If you would still like help, can you tell me:

How long has Hades had these signs?

Has he had any appetite loss, vomiting or diarrhea?

Has he been drinking less or passing more urine?

Can you explain what type of "feral" behaviors he is showing (ie hiding, aggression, withdrawing, etc)?

Did you mean his fur quality is lacking? Is he losing hair? Any skin changes?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Losing hair and weight although she is a sleek cat anyway she is hiding and growling we cannot get near her she also seems disorientated when eating she's gobbling it thanks
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
She is super vicious and has always been that way but this behaviour been over past two days maybe less.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 months ago.

Thank you,

Has she been losing weight over the 2 days only too?

If you do handle her, is she sore anywhere?

Has she been drinking more? Does she seem hungrier?

Any diarrhea?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
No diarrhea but is voiding her Bowel and bladder if cornered she has sore spots from fights with Isis our other cat
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 months ago.

Thank you,

Now I am quite concerned about Hades.

Her coat/hair signs will be interlinked with her weight loss. This is because when the body isn't getting enough nutrition, it will divert nutrition from the skin and coat. This often leads to hair loss, dander, and poor coat condition. Therefore, we need to focus on what is causing her weight loss and by addressing that the coat signs should as well.

That said, before we can address her weight loss, this behaviour and the fact she sounds to be reacting as if in pain worries me. This could be due to a gut blockage, toxin exposure, or injury. And with the pain alone, we’d really be best to have her checked by your vet (perhaps as a house visit if she is too stressed to be handled). That way we can get her onto kitty safe pain relief and then get to the root of the weight loss.

Otherwise, in regards ***** ***** that weight loss, we do usually need to consider a few categories of causes. The first would be issue with input but this doesn’t sound to be a problem for her. From there, we have to consider output or losses, but if she hasn’t diarrhea and isn’t passing more urine then usual (accidents when handled may be due to her holding her urine too long). Though as those 2 sound less likely to be at the heart of Hades’s situation, we’d then have to think of internal based issues. Further to those gut based issues that we’d have to be wary of, this category would include metabolic disease, organ issues, or severe worm burdens.

So, these are the issues we’d need to consider here. So, again it is a situation where you are best to have her checked and head this all off. Any delay in doing so, you can at least worm her and consider feeding a calorie rich diet (ie OTC Hills A/D, Royal Canin Recovery, kitten food) . These will all get more nutrients into her per bite and can counter weight loss as we work to get to the root of this and settle both her pain and the ongoing concern stealing this weight from her.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond.

**Afterwards, I would be grateful if you would rate my service by clicking on the "Rate my Expert' button at the top of the page as this is the only way I am credited for helping you. Thank you for your feedback!: )

Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 months ago.

Hello again,

How is everything with your wee one?

Dr. B.

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found ""JustAnswer"" on my Google search -- you are now in my ""Favorites"" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George
< Previous | Next >
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found ""JustAnswer"" on my Google search -- you are now in my ""Favorites"" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr Scott Nimmo

    Dr Scott Nimmo

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.

    Satisfied Customers:

    133
    BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/VetAnswers/2013-4-5_8257_prof10.64x64.jpg Dr Scott Nimmo's Avatar

    Dr Scott Nimmo

    Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.

    Satisfied Customers:

    133
    BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    2570
    2003 Graduate
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AN/andrewDVM/2012-4-27_12585_iStock000011751407XSmall.64x64.jpg Dr. Drew's Avatar

    Dr. Drew

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    1840
    Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/doggfone1/2009-07-16_133633_vet_pic.jpg Dr. Scott's Avatar

    Dr. Scott

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    865
    15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrRalston/2011-10-18_1611_Vet.64x64.JPG DrRalston's Avatar

    DrRalston

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    169
    Over twelve years of internal medicine, surgery, and preventive care.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetdeb/Debbie Headshot 500.64x64.jpg Dr. Deb's Avatar

    Dr. Deb

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    96
    I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PE/petdoctor09/2011-12-14_51529_Picture1.64x64.jpg petdoctor09's Avatar

    petdoctor09

    Board Certified Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    72
    Veterinarian, General Practitioner