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RAPID weight loss

iplaay
March 14th, 2010, 06:38 PM
12 yr old siamese, 5 lbs in 3weeks, eating wet food, shiny coat, nose cold, drinking water, maybe a little more than usual, muscles in hind quarters are almost gone, sits or sleeps a lot, can still walk, sits often. spine and hip bones are sticking out. Not complaining, but getting thinner by the minute.
HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We had blood tests done, high white cell count, tried antibotics for one week, didn't help. Vet says probably cancer, but not sure.

krdahmer
March 14th, 2010, 06:39 PM
Get to the vet immediately.

iplaay
March 14th, 2010, 06:44 PM
Went to vet, high blood cell count, tried antibotics, wanted $700,.00 to do ultra sound to see if there was a mass. Opted not to do that, as he is 12, and other than the weight loss doesn't seem to be in discomfort

Frenchy
March 14th, 2010, 06:46 PM
and other than the weight loss doesn't seem to be in discomfort

no but it could mean your cat is dying. :( there's no way we can give you a diagnose , only your vet can , with more tests. I'm sorry. :shrug:

iplaay
March 15th, 2010, 05:50 PM
I've had him tested for his thyroid, and diabeties. His hind quarters look like they are atropying, but he is trying to move more and is still very alert.

MyBirdIsEvil
March 15th, 2010, 05:56 PM
Weight loss is a vague symptom that can be linked to a lot of issues.

The ONLY way you can diagnose is by taking your vets advice and having all the tests done that they recommend. We can't answer your question on here.

NoahGrey
March 15th, 2010, 06:40 PM
Lets put it this way. When a cat loses 2 pounds, its like us losing 20. It is a BIG deal when cats lose weight. As an owner is is your responbility to make sure that this cat is not suffering. Animals, expecially cats hide their pain REALLY well.

I agree with the posters that you need to get a second opinion and do more tests.

ACO22

rjesak
March 16th, 2010, 06:34 AM
There's another thread here about hind quarters atrophying - I'll see if I can find it. Unfortunately, you have to decide what's best for your cat. 12 is not so old - many cats can live to be 17, 18, at least... If your cat has enough recurring problems that you think he's finished with tests, than maybe it's time, but keep in mind that, if he's otherwise healthy, this may be something very correctable (like a blockage or something). Cats are notorious for hiding their discomfort and pain.

The ultrasound is probably worth it - even if your kitty does have cancer, at least then you'll know. The alternative is that you just wait it out but the weight loss is a sign that something is definitely wrong - your kitty will almost certainly get worse, not better.

iplaay
March 28th, 2010, 10:04 AM
Well he is holding his weight at 11 pounds, eating more but still very thin in hind quarters. All bodily functions are fine and he is sleeping less and moving around more.

NoahGrey
March 28th, 2010, 11:18 AM
Sooo..have you done anything else? Get a second opinion? Done more tests?

ACO22