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admin 12-15-2006 08:49 AM

I need help; my 12 year old cat has become extremely skinny. She has been to the vet.
 
I'm sorry to hear that your cat is having some problems. As they get older things to tend to pop-up. I am unsure exactly what the "cat-scan" entails but I would be absolutely sure that it includes a check of your cat's thyroid levels. Hyperthyroid disease is very common in older cats. These thyroid cats tend to lose weight but still eat very well and remain hungry. If the "cat-scan" is a full blood work-up that includes a thyroid check. I would then look for possible GI disease. Conditions of the intestines like inflammatory bowel disease can cause weight loss and unfortunately this condition doesn't show up on regular lab work. From here you could consider different testing such as an x-ray of the whole body or treating for GI disease. It is important that you are proactive with this as it is not normal for an older cat to keep losing weight. Let us know if you have more questions and I hope you'll get to the bottom of it.

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