Weight Loss In Cats

by Ann

Weight loss is not itself a disease but it is a health problem. Many cat owners think that losing weight in senior cats is very normal but it is not the actual case. A casual weight loss in cats is a curious thing to take notice of it.

How to identify weight loss in cats?

In normal practice, it is really hard to find that is the cat losing weight or not particularly when the cat is losing its weight gradually or if it has so many hairs on its body, or if it is overweight. For this purpose, you have to observe the body of your cat very carefully. For an ideal weight, there should be a tuck in the waist and palpable ribs covering with some fat. But if the ribs are very prominent in the cat’s body, then surely your cat is underweighted.

Causes of weight loss in cats:

In most cases, the cats lose weight because they do not eat enough. But in some cases, the weight loss may be due to some other factors such as illness or any other disease. Some common illnesses and diseases are discussed below:

  • Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism is a kind of common illness that usually affects older cats. It is a condition in which there is a tumor on the thyroid gland of a cat. The tumor is called a benign tumor which usually causes the overproduction of thyroid hormone. This illness causes many other problems in cats including weight loss, increases thirst and urination, etc. Normally the hypothyroidism is treated by radioactive iodine or oral medication.
  • Diabetes: Diabetes mellitus is another common disorder in cats that causes weight loss. It is basically due to the abnormal functioning of the pancreas to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood glucose levels. Treatment of diabetes includes proper medication, intake of insulin, and a managed diet.
  • Chronic kidney disease: this disease is most commonly seen in senior cats. In this disease function of the kidney become disturbed when it fails to produce specific hormones that are essential for filtering waste and blood. When the normal functioning of a cat’s kidney stops, it leads to several other problems including weight loss, frequent urination, and thirst, and lethargy, etc. it cannot be cured permanently but managed diet and proper medication can be helpful for survival.
  • Stress: Cats are experts at hiding their illness and pain. Stress is one of them. Cats are very sensitive to changes even in their homes. This sensitivity can lead them to anxiety and stress. Ultimately, the stress will cause a loss of appetite in them which will result in weight loss.
  • Gastrointestinal problems: Gastrointestinal disorder is a disease that usually affects the digestive tract. In this disorder, usually stomach and intestine are the sources of the problem. In elder cats, GI disease causes loss of appetite, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy.
  • Dental problem: Oral and dental disease in cats causes extreme pain in teeth, loss of appetites, and ultimately results in weight loss.

Treatment and prevention:

Proper medical treatment and regular checkups at the vet can cure and prevent your cats from weight loss. Moreover, good care is required to prevent your cats from any kind of pain because you know cats are good at hiding pain so, it’s up to you to refrain your cat from pain when they need it.

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