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Q: What is wrong w/ my 18 year old female cat?

October 19, 2008 | By Sabrea97 | 15 answers | Expired: 2097 days ago

Sabrea97

she eats constantly and is losing weight. she also has a gag/cough that she will do every now and then.

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Loishill
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Oct 20, 2008

I wonder if you have changed food lately? When we moved Bo kitty from other food to Purina one, he lost a lot of weight. I'd still take him to the vet, if you can.

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Kim H.
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Oct 19, 2008

She needs some tests it sounds like. Could be some kind of worms. She is sure is up there in age, wow. I can understant money is possibly tight and you are trying other things before the vet visit. If she will drink some gatorade give it to her, a little to help her feel better. See what her feces looks like when she uses the bathroom, you don't want her having diahreah and getting dehydrated. Keep me posted, I would like to know if she gets ok.

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Nfyksen
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Oct 19, 2008

I just noticed I wrote dog instead of cat. I apologize. Good luck with your cat. I hope everything is okay.

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Nfyksen
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Oct 19, 2008

It's possible that your pup may have something as easy to treat as a tapeworm. Heartworm, unfortunately, maybe another possibility. An illness, or disease process can't be ruled out either. You need to take your dog to the vet to have a checkup. Bring a fresh fecal sample with you too.

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Tyler  B.
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Oct 19, 2008

she might be getting sick like throwing up and you not noticing it try keeping an eye on her and if that doesn't help take her to the vet

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Kelly
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Oct 19, 2008

I have a senior cat who had similar symptoms. I took her to the vet thinking she would be diagnosed with diabetes but they discovered that her kidneys were swollen & that there was age-related narrowing of all the vessels & tubes going into & out of her kidneys. She wasn't absorbing proteins like she should & lost almost a 1/3 of her body weight in a very short period of time. She also threw up a lot. She is now on medication & Science Diet K/D & has gained weight. The main thing is that, as stated below, it could be any number of things, so you need to take her to the vet ASAP & get the necessary tests to find out exactly what you're dealing with.

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Anonymous
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Oct 19, 2008

Take your cat to the vet immediately to find out the cause of her weight loss & cough. There are a lot of things that can affect a senior cat & cause these kinds of symptoms or variations of them: hypothyroidism, diabetes, renal failure or other kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, the list goes on. Most of these ailments have a good prognosis with the proper treatment & your cat can live out her life feeling well & being happy. I am caring for a 14yo cat in renal failure right now. As long as she stays on the proper diet & takes her meds she is feeling fine for now.

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Cindy
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Oct 19, 2008

I agree with the answers below. I'm not a veterinarian or vet tech, but I am a R.N. I'm guessing diabetes - "eats constantly and is losing weight" or cancer. Take her to the vet for a diagnoses and treatment. Best wishes for you and your cat.

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lorraine B.
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Oct 19, 2008

I agree with everyone get her to a vet,my cat was lossing weight too at 18 it turn out she had a Hypothyroid the vet put her on meds she lined til 20 without the med she would have die sooner,get her to a vet soon, good luck

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Chris F.
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Oct 19, 2008

The eating but losing weight is a concern. Due to her age, I would get her to a vet as soon as possible. You can do some blood work and see what is going on. Good luck!

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