Why is my long haired cat losing clumps of fur?
Some cats experience skin allergies, which can cause hair loss to occur. Parasites that bring about mange, and fungal issues like ringworm, are also common causes of cat alopecia, especially in younger cats or those with other health issues. Nervous disorders (e.g., over-grooming) can also cause hair loss in cats.
What are the symptoms of weight loss in cats?
Other symptoms may include diarrhea, loss of appetite, and vomiting. As you can see, there are far too many possibilities for you to guess about the problem. Your cat should be taken to a veterinarian for testing to determine the cause of any unplanned weight loss.
Is it normal for senior cats to lose weight?
Many owners think that weight loss is normal for senior cats, but this is not the case. It’s important to take action if you notice unexplained weight loss in your cat. It is hard to tell if your cat is really losing weight if it happens gradually.
How can I prevent my cat from losing weight?
You can prevent weight loss in your cat by regularly monitoring body condition and visiting the vet regularly for wellness examinations. Cats are experts at hiding illness and injuries, but your vet may be able to detect a problem before it gets out of hand.
What causes weight loss in cats with FIP?
Cats with FIP will seem sick, often with a fever that doesn’t respond to antibiotics. Gastrointestinal problems. There are a variety of different conditions in the gastrointestinal tract that may cause cat weight loss. When this is the case, other symptoms may include diarrhea, lack of appetite, and vomiting.
How can you tell if your cat is losing weight?
It’s not always easy to detect weight loss in your cat. The fluff of fur covering most cats can serve as camouflage for weight loss until there is a big change. Unintentional weight loss in cats can be a cause for concern.
What to do if your cat has lost his mind?
Before you assume that your cat has lost his mind, take him in for a veterinary visit to rule out medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland), hypertension ( high blood pressure ), brain tumors, urinary tract infections and liver or kidney disease. Any of those can cause signs that mimic CDS.
How much weight can a 10 pound cat lose?
But a pound weight loss in a 10 pound cat is loss of 10% of the cat’s body weight. That is significant. Too often, I have seen cats brought in for an examination only after they look like the cat to the left and this is MUCH too late! Unfortunately, when you look at your cat, you may not notice early weight loss.
Why does my cat lose so much weight so fast?
The thyroid gland controls metabolism so if it’s higher than usual it causes weight loss and increased hunger. Cats with hyperthyroidism tend to lose weight very quickly, constantly demand food and become very vocal or anxious. Diabetes in cats can cause very rapid weight loss. Other symptoms include extreme hunger and thirst.