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CatLady
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From:New York
Registered: Nov 2003

posted 11-13-2003 05:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CatLady     Edit/Delete Message
Hi, I wrote last week re: my one year old male cat that is losing a lot of weight. I took him to the vet and he said he could swear teh cat was fine. My question is...he loves water, loves food and seems sleepy all the time. He use to have a little energy, now its diminished noticibly. Should I take him back to the vet? Should I get blood work done? How dangerous is a blood test? (I heard about vaccines that can cause tumors and stuff....) Ohh, please help!! I don't know what to do!!!!

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clwasilko42
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From:West Chester, PA.
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posted 11-13-2003 08:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for clwasilko42     Edit/Delete Message
Something isn't right, take him back to the vet, and have them runs tests if they havent already. If he is losing a lot of weight, something is wrong, and the sooner you get him to the vet, the better he will be!

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fleafly
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From:sheridan, wy
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posted 11-13-2003 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
Sounds like something is wrong. You mentioned the vaccinations, did he recently get vaccinations? The vet should have noticed a tumor or something like that. Blood tests aren't dangerous, they just draw a little bit of blood from the cat. If the vet hasn't done blood tests already, they should.

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CatLady
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From:New York
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posted 11-13-2003 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CatLady     Edit/Delete Message
I took him last week, and he weighed 12.5 lbs. But I swear he use ot weigh at least 15. I will make an appt. for early next week for a blood test. I want my mind put at ease. I just feel like something is wrong, and everyone I talk to says he is fine. Last night just in one sitting he drank out of my glass about a good inch of water. (I measured). I don't know....But thanks for your replies!!

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Simonneedshelp
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posted 11-13-2003 11:00 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Does your cat drink lots and lots of water? Have you noticed an increase in litter box changes/cleaning? Is food consumption at the same rate?

If so, it may be that your kitty is diabetic. You must return to the vet and at the very least get a urinalysis done. Blood tests are not dangerous and in many instances they need to be done so that you can properly diagnose a condition.

I have two diabetic cats...they were diagnosed 5 years ago, and they're now 18 years old and loving life!

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LuvMyCalley
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From:Richmond, Virginia
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posted 11-13-2003 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LuvMyCalley     Edit/Delete Message
Dear CatLady,
Definately insist on a blood test. Last year our 10 year old cat who is overweight started eating more and losing weight. I noticed her drinking a lot of water. Seemed like everytime I turned around she was at the water bowl and then she started hiding under the bed. Our Vet did an immediate blood test and it indicated a thyroid problem. Cats have two thyroid glands and she had a benign tumor on one of them. They operated that morning and I got to take her home that day. She did fine and a few weeks later they did more blood work to make sure the other thyroid was working and it was. She's had no problems until this week. But whatever is wrong now is not due to thyroid as all her blood work came back fine. Hope everything goes well for you. Paula

[This message has been edited by LuvMyCalley (edited 11-13-2003).]

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CatLady
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From:New York
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posted 11-14-2003 05:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CatLady     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you everyone for writing and helping me! I do appreciate all your feedback!! My vet said (when I took him a week or so ago) that if he were to have diabetes at one years old, it would be a chance of one in a million. I am going to make an appt. for next week. Hopefully it is nothing, and just me over reacting!! He does eat a lot, and drinks about 4 oz. in a 5 minute sitting. (He drinks out of a glass sometimes....don't ask, ha ha!) But I am monitoring it, and I will hopefully find out what is going on next week. Thanks again!!!!

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fleafly
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From:sheridan, wy
Registered: Aug 2003

posted 11-14-2003 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
Excessive drinking could indicate kidney problems. At 1 year old that would probably be unlikely also.

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