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Older cats and weight loss

Weight loss is a very common but non-specific symptom of illness in older cats, so it’s important to make an appointment with your vet if you see your cat losing weight – that way, they can identify the likely cause and prescribe appropriate treatment.

Some systemic diseases which have weight loss as a symptom are chronic kidney disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism and intestinal inflammatory disease. Your senior cat may also have lost weight due to a drop in their appetite, which can be caused by:

  • Dental problems which make eating painful
  • Deterioration of smell and taste, reducing their desire to eat
  • Digestive disorders which prevent nutrients in their food from being properly absorbed

Your vet will be able to give you information on the best way to take care of your cat, depending on the underlying cause of their weight loss. However, you can also try giving them a softer-textured food which may be easier to eat, or warming their food up so the aroma is enhanced, which can stimulate their appetite.

While these ailments are common in older cats, they don’t have to cause them unnecessary pain or stress. Visit your vet if you believe your cat is suffering, and they’ll be able to advise you.

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