Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm
BOOK ONLINE NOW!

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Unexplained weight loss

Thursday, January 19, 2017

 

 Weight loss in cats is a sensitive indicator of many feline diseases. Because cats don't give us many clues when they are ill we take unexpected weight loss very seriously.

If a cat loses weight over a day or so then dehydration from a more rapid onset illness, pancreatitis or a gastrointestinal upset is more likely. We should correct the dehydration as soon as possible so don't hesitate to call us for advice or an appointment.

Even if your cat seems otherwise well and happy, weight loss over a month or more could be due to diseases such as hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease or cancer. It is only when these diseases are well advanced that a cat will finally show obvious signs.

When your cats come in for a regular exam the first thing we do is weigh them. We take weight loss very seriously and if you haven't been intentionally dieting them we will recommend  tests. Hyperthyroidism, diabetes and kidney disease are detected with tests we do in our own laboratory. Results are available within half an hour. If we don't find anything then we discuss the possibility of bowel disease or other more unusual diseases.

It is always better to detect and manage disease earlier rather than later. Cats often have chronic ongoing disease. With good management we can improve their quality of life and ensure they live a good long life with you.

 

 


Search Blog

Recent Posts


Tags

drinking more unsociable sneeze dental treatment nose scabs snake abscess meows a lot pill runny eyes intestine sensitive new year furballs on heat rash stare into space conflict tapeworm hunters cat worms lilly kitten deaths desexing fat not eating cat flu old cat anaemia skin cancer enclosure grooming liver permethrin cognitive dysfunction New Year's Eve lily holes in teeth bladder stones signs of pain string radioactive iodine poisoning heaing photo competition antibiotics odour scratching urinating outside litter vomit computer head goodbye wool attack pet collapse cat vet petting cat RSPCA sudden blindness mass cat indoor cats heart disease African wild cat old stress pain relief kidneys checkup birthday best vet anxiety plaque decision to euthanase castration exercise salivation urination microchip best cat clinic senses yowling blocked cat desex roundworm worms litter box fever sun aerokat kitten play echocardiography fireworks check-up open night poisons introducing jumping bite urine fight activity blindness cat history fluid pills blind ulcerated nose paralysis dental check brown snake joints pet meat vaccine panamax hole sense of smell asthma paralysed dymadon marking cat friendly lilies IBD scratching post home visit snakebite love plants ulcers vet visit sick information night introductions snot best veterinarian when to go to vet ribbon renal disease competition kittens vision outdoor cat bad breath cortisone cryptococcosis body language cystitis appointment skin enteritis annual check off food urinating sore ears snakes restless house call hiding drinking a lot twitching diet dementia pain massage obese physical activity socialisation pet insurance hospital vaccination health check return home AIDS sensitive stomach feline enteritis thyroid tumour weight control dry food worming obesity pheromone breeder virus comfortis tooth runny nose feline AIDS change holes urinating on curtains or carpet learning FORLS lump introduce holidays pancreatitis discount eye infection constipation blood blood in urine award wet litter hyperthyroidism groom feliway vocal panleukopaenia unwell hypertension wobbles cat behaviour appetite bump hearing home pain killer blood test litter Canberra Cat Vet dental toxic rigid head kibble Hill's Metabolic allergy, training rough play weight loss hard faeces cranky weight nails calicivirus whiskers face rub hunched over tradesmen aspirin corneal ulcer mental health of cats mince noisy breathing pred revolution thiamine deficiency arthritis fleas Canberra herpesvirus itchy diuretics grass sucking wool fabric paralysis tick rolls gifts poison urine spraying rub best clinic fits lick adipokines hyperactive examination cat containment furball inflammatory bowel disease ulcer polish mouth breathing strange behaviour free kidney spray behaviour breathing difficult blood pressure enemies dilated pupils high blood pressure advantage toxins overweight cat enclosures poisonous kitten snuffles stiff blue paracetamol pica hypertrophic cardiomyopathy crytococcosus ACT biopsy catoberfest antiviral lame snuffle sick cat panleukopenia gasping euthanasia hunter straining touch abscess,cat fight prey heavy breathing spey moving sore eyes opening hours xylitol eye ulcer aggression kidney disease blockage tablet changed aggressive eye client night FIV headache cage flea treatment spraying teeth diarrhoea bed visit tick hunting mycoplasma new cat behaviour change snake bite skinny scale holiday lymphoma bladder cat fight new kitten cancer introduction feline herpesvirus diabetes food puzzles christmas thirsty in season poisonous plants hungry tartar allergy open day cough hairball cta fight sore vomiting flu painful seizures carrier depomedrol train eyes prednisolone cat enclosure panadol panadeine scratch flea prevention foreign body slow fear insulin chlamydia senior

Archive

A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions