Asked by: Melissa Sisamon
asked in category: General Last Updated: 18th January, 2020

Is weight loss in older cats normal?

Weight loss can be an early sign of illness, so check with your vet. It is common for older cats to develop medical conditions that cause them to lose weight, such as kidney and thyroid disease. If your cat is losing weight, it is important to consult your vet as soon as possible.

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People also ask, why is my cat losing weight but still eating?

Hyperthyroidism. Your cat may have a good appetite; in fact, she may be eating more than usual but is still losing weight. Hyperthyroidism results from a benign hormone-producing tumor on the thyroid gland that elevates levels of thyroid hormone. Older cats also are particularly prone to developing this condition.

Also Know, how can I get my senior cat to lose weight? 5 Easy Ways to Help Your Cat Lose Weight

  1. Set a weight loss goal and track your progress. The first step in getting your overweight kitty back to a healthy weight is determining what that healthy weight should be.
  2. Feed fewer calories.
  3. Feed a canned diet.
  4. Switch to a low-calorie or prescription weight loss diet.
  5. Get up and move!

Also to know is, how can you tell if your cat is losing weight?

At an ideal weight, there should be a tuck at the waist that is noticeable but not extreme. Next, run your hands along your cat's sides. The ribs should be palpable with a thin covering of fat. If the ribs feel very prominent and are visible, your cat is likely underweight.

Why is my cat skinny even though he eats?

Especially as cats get older, there are several conditions that could cause them to seem especially hungry, eat like crazy, drink a lot of water, but still get thin. You will need to visit your veterinarian to get a real diagnosis for this, but one of the common causes is a condition known as hyperthyroidism.

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