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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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How do I tell if my cat has worms? She is 11 years old and

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How do I tell if my cat has worms? She is 11 years old and naturallly skinny, but is always hungry. She gets annual vaccination and flea/worming treatment.  She eats prawns for breakfast, white fish for dinner and has elder dry food always avalable and fresh water too.

Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
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If Maisie is always hungry but remains thin, diabetes mellitus and hyperthyroidism are our primary tentative diagnoses. Less commonly we'll find a cat who doesn't produce enough digestive enzymes due to an exocrine pancreatic deficiency. Worms rarely cause such debilitation in an adult cat as to cause thinness and I would expect such a cat to be inappetant rather than always hungry.

Diabetic cats are always thirstier than usual and forming more urine than usual. 35% of hyperthyroid cats are thirstier and forming more urine. The two diseases can exist concurrently. Maisie's vet can run two simple blood tests - a total thyroid (T4) blood test and a blood glucose - and determine if the above diseases exist. It's best that you fast Maisie for at least 4 hours priorto a blood draw for the most accurate results.

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