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  • My cat is old and has recently lost a lot of weight. What could it be? And what could I do about it?

    There are a number of problems that geriatric cats can develop that might lead to weight loss. Problems can range from dental disease to cancer and quite often, these cats do present with a disease that we can treat.

    The only way to truly figure out what the problem is will likely be to run some diagnostic tests following a thorough physical examination. Treatment will vary with the diagnosis, but can often be as simple as a prescription diet or a short period of hospitalization.

    I would suggest getting her in quickly before the problem progresses – cats that aren’t eating or are simply losing weight quickly can often make their diseases worsen significantly just by delaying therapy.


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