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blackcatz62
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From:Seattle, WA. USA
Registered: Sep 2003

posted 09-02-2003 02:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blackcatz62     Edit/Delete Message
I have 2 cats, one currently 13 years old, has a few years ago had a hypothyroid (spelling?) problem, we ended up treating him twice for it, and now he is back to regular. Although he isn't gaining any weight, he used to be about 14 pounds and now he is somewhere around 6-8 pounds, practically skin and bones. We've also treated him for worms, so we know it's not that. Also had or may still have a liver problem, but we gave him pills for it. My parents and I, think that there must be something else wrong with our cat, because he's still not gaining weight. It's also hard to get him to eat, he generally refueses to eat regular cat food, and only for a week did I get him to eat canned cat food. For a while there I thought he was gaining a little weight by feeding him (erm. fresh?) turkey. But now he doesn't eat that very much either, so I've been feeding him tuna. He only eats about 1 can of tuna a day though, and I think that might be a little under. My other cat, I think eats way more, and would probably easily eat up 1 whole can of tuna ina few minutes.
Not, sure if anyone can help, but I thought Id ask.

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Greypaw
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posted 09-04-2003 04:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greypaw     Edit/Delete Message
What treatment did your hypothroid cat recieve? Was it radio-theraphy, surgery or medication?

Unless it was radio-theraphy (also surgery most of the time) the condition never goes away and your cat will always need blood testing to see what the T4 levels are. I've found that the advanced stages of the condition makes the cat stop eating and it can be difficult to get them started again. Also the risk of dehydration is high in these cats and they won't eat if they are dehydrated even when the T4 levels come back to normal. If he is dehydrated he will seem to weigh even less as well.

So, how long ago was his T4 level tested? and is he dehydrated?

GreyPaw

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blackcatz62
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posted 09-05-2003 11:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blackcatz62     Edit/Delete Message
I believe it was in the begining of this summer, or in may (03)(and it was normal) and maybe that's right, he had the radio active, treatment twice, and last time he was normal. He also drinks a lot, he drinks the dog water, toilet water, out of any glasses near him, he acts like he's being to lazy to get up and walk to his own water and takes whatever is closest, and my parents think that he does that just to like spit us or whatever. Like just to be annoying. But if he is dehydrated than that sounds like it would make more sense.

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LadyTeddybear
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posted 09-06-2003 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LadyTeddybear     Edit/Delete Message
Your cat may have a tumor growing in her digestive system If I were you take her to your local vet to find out why she is eating that can of tuna which I ony give my cat a little bit of tuna daily and it is the tuna in water only nothing else as it efects her digestive system as per told by by vet I have here in Indiana.

My advice please let your cat refrain from eating an entire can of tuna which is really too much to feed yur cat do it sparingly

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