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Old 06-12-2005, 08:38 PM   #46
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parasites, feline leukemia, FIV (feline version of HIV) or could simply be hyperthyroid

these are possibilities [im a nurse at a vet clinic]
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Old 06-12-2005, 09:01 PM   #47
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Quote:
Originally posted by Screaming Flower
holy drama queens, batman.
I concur with Fleur.

Clearly the cat is pinching pounds for the next Andrew Lloyd Webber production spectacular.


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Damned it is if steals my part.

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Old 06-12-2005, 09:48 PM   #48
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I would take him to the vet. If it is serious you would want to catch it in time. Hope he is better soon! I have a kitty too named Oliver.
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Old 06-12-2005, 10:09 PM   #49
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to be fair, the weight loss was only noticeable recently.

it's possible he's been sick (he's always hanging out with the neighbour cats - everyone's cats are everyone's, it's kind of funny in a way), and that he's on the road to recovery.

i'll keep a close eye on him/it. thanks again...
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Hey Caisenma, I felt like bumping up your thread rating after all you've been thru today!

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is he up to date with yearly vaccines??

drinking water, eating food regularly?

any sneezing/vomiting/diarreah?
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I don't know much about cats but I do hope that yours get better zoomerang. I'd want to own one myself someday but my mom abhors them.

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If my Butters were to fall ill, I don't know what I'd do with myself. I think I'm going to make a thread for cats.
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If you haven't taken him to a vet yet zoomer, give him a good check over. Make sure his eyes are clear, not watery or weepy or gunky. His coat should be shiney and looked after well. Watch him to see if he still cleans himself. Also pinch a couple fingers full of his skin and gently pull it up. If it stays stiff, he might be dehydrating. Do this on the back of his neck, just above his shoulder blades where the skin is already naturally loose. It wont hurt him if you're gentle. Check his gums, see that they're a healthy pink, not white or grey. Check he's drinking water.

Let us know what happens.
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Bear, the big most common things that will cause noticeable weight loss to an owner in a short period of time is an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism - which I would only think about if it were over 7 years old), diabetes, and cancer. All of these require a doctor exam and tests to diagnose. It could be something other than these, but those are the big 3 I would be thinking of.
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