Has your kitty been losing a lot of weight lately?
Weight loss is one of the most common problems in cats–especially older ones. But, this is not something that you should take lightly. It is important to figure out why your cat may be losing weight as it may hint an underlying issue.
Unexplained weight loss should always be mentioned to your vet!
In this blog post, we will answer the question, “Why is my cat getting so thin?” in detail.
Let’s get started.
Kitty Woes: Why is My Cat Getting So Thin!?
There are several reasons why your cat may be losing weight. Let’s take a look at the most common ones.
- Not getting enough food: This means that your cat is burning more calories throughout the day than she’s eating. There may be a reason why your kitty has cut back on her food intake. Most common reasons include a dental issue, competition by other cats in the household, unaccessible food bowl, stress, and anxiety
- Diabetes: Your cat may not be getting the nutrition she needs because of diabetes
- Gastrointestinal tract issues: These issues hinder normal digestion and result in sudden weight loss. These issues include inflammatory bowl disease, pancreatitis, intestinal parasites, cancers, etc.
- Tumour: It may be benign or malignant but it causes rapid weight loss
- Hyperthyriodism: Older cats develop this condition in which the thyroid gland produces an excessive amount of the hormone. One of the most common symptoms of this disease is weight loss
- Organ failure: This is the most serious issue a cat who’s rapidly losing weight may have. Vital organs, such as the heart, liver, and kidney may be failing
What Should I Do?
Now that you know that weight loss in cats is something serious, and something you should be concerned about, you should take your kitty to the vet for a through checkup.
Do you have nay questions? Let us know in the comments.