Q: Sick kitty

May 26, 2012 | By Lilmspinktink | 2 answers | Expired: 1341 days ago

My outdoor cat, Nero, has recently started losing alot of weight, stopped cleaning himself, gotten diharrea and has lost his appetite... I don't know what's wrong with him or what it might be... I am worried it is some kind of parasite that can spread to humans and/or other animals and I would greatly appreciate any input that can be offered.

Readers' Answers (2)

May 29, 2012

Parasites and disease found in cats can rarely be spread to humans, and disease can rarely be spread to other species of animals. Parasites usually pass through contaminated stool to other animals.

There's any number of reasons for this cat to be so sick, but infection is the most likely. Nero needs to see a vet urgently for antibiotics, which are cheap. Typically a cat will have a bowel infection from intestinal parasites, it's very common among outdoor cats. The parasites rob the body of nutrients, diarrhea ensues, further diminishing the nutrients a cat gets, and it can lead to excessive weight loss and lethargy if left untreated. Nero could really have any type of infection though, all needing immediate treatment. He should also be tested for FIV, feline leukemia, and heart worms - which is a simple and fairly cheap blood test.

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May 27, 2012

First thing get him in the house as soon as possible and quarintine him in a crate in a room by himself and then get him to the vet as soon as possible this could be a number of diffrent things but what ever it is I know for a fact that you can't catch it the other animals might be able to though please get Nero to a vet as soon as possible and then please keep him in the house!

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