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Mike
December 31st 05, 05:05 AM
I own 2 cats. They are both 13 years old. One cat is has developed a
very boney spine. I mean that one cat has a lot more meat and its
harder to detect his spine. The other has only a thin layer of skin
and you can fell his spine. Is this a disease anybody is aware off?I
appreciate any thoughts or ideas from this concerned cat owner!

Karen
December 31st 05, 06:14 AM
On 2005-12-30 22:05:24 -0600, "Mike" > said:

> I own 2 cats. They are both 13 years old. One cat is has developed a
> very boney spine. I mean that one cat has a lot more meat and its
> harder to detect his spine. The other has only a thin layer of skin
> and you can fell his spine. Is this a disease anybody is aware off?I
> appreciate any thoughts or ideas from this concerned cat owner!

Get a geriatric check up. It means kitty has lost a lot of weight and
you need to know why.

mlbriggs
December 31st 05, 07:35 AM
On Fri, 30 Dec 2005 20:05:24 -0800, Mike wrote:

> I own 2 cats. They are both 13 years old. One cat is has developed a
> very boney spine. I mean that one cat has a lot more meat and its
> harder to detect his spine. The other has only a thin layer of skin
> and you can fell his spine. Is this a disease anybody is aware off?I
> appreciate any thoughts or ideas from this concerned cat owner!


They get very skinny when hyperthyroid. Best to see TED. MLB

Rhonda
December 31st 05, 07:38 AM
Hi there,

Sounds like your cat has suddenly lost a lot of weight. Please have a
vet do blood tests and check him out right away.

We also had a cat that suddenly lost weight, his problem turned out to
be diabetes. There are many other things that can happen though -- renal
problems, tooth infections, etc. Please note any other symptoms to tell
the vet such as peeing more than normal, problems with chewing,
lethargy, anything different that you notice.

Let us know how he's doing.

Rhonda

Mike wrote:

> I own 2 cats. They are both 13 years old. One cat is has developed a
> very boney spine. I mean that one cat has a lot more meat and its
> harder to detect his spine. The other has only a thin layer of skin
> and you can fell his spine. Is this a disease anybody is aware off?I
> appreciate any thoughts or ideas from this concerned cat owner!
>
>

5cats
December 31st 05, 03:26 PM
mlbriggs wrote:

> On Fri, 30 Dec 2005 20:05:24 -0800, Mike wrote:
>
>> I own 2 cats. They are both 13 years old. One cat is has developed a
>> very boney spine. I mean that one cat has a lot more meat and its
>> harder to detect his spine. The other has only a thin layer of skin
>> and you can fell his spine. Is this a disease anybody is aware off?I
>> appreciate any thoughts or ideas from this concerned cat owner!
>
>
> They get very skinny when hyperthyroid. Best to see TED. MLB

Better to see a vet. Unless, you just happen to know a vet named Ted.

John Doe
December 31st 05, 05:17 PM
Rhonda > wrote:

> ... There are many other things that can happen though -- renal
> problems, tooth infections, etc. Please note any other symptoms to
> tell the vet such as peeing more than normal, problems with
> chewing,

The idea that a tooth infection might lead to chewing problems and
therefore less food intake sounds good to me, but I was told that a
tooth infection would be obvious?

Rhonda
January 2nd 06, 06:05 AM
John Doe wrote:

> Rhonda > wrote:
>
>> ... There are many other things that can happen though -- renal
problems,
>> tooth infections, etc. Please note any other symptoms to tell
>> the vet such as peeing more than normal, problems with chewing,
>>
>
> The idea that a tooth infection might lead to chewing problems and
therefore
> less food intake sounds good to me, but I was told that a tooth
> infection would be obvious?

Our cats' tooth infections were not obvious. Three of our cats in the
last few years have had teeth removed -- two of them because I noticed
their mouths dropped open when I petted the sides of their face. It was
weird, like a trap door released. I didn't notice any other symptoms.

The other one had a bigger problem -- could not eat, had respiratory
symptoms, nose running, he was miserable. They didn't think it was his
teeth but went in to remove a bad one anyway (and they found several
more bad ones in the process.) He started getting better the next day.

Rhonda

January 3rd 06, 04:01 AM
Weight loss of this kind can be a very serious issue. I would recommend
getting bloodwork done immediately, and then possibly seeking out a GI
specialist if you have one in your area. You may also want to try
Nutri-cal or a/d prescription food to help him put on some weight.

I lost an 18 month old cat to Hepatitis & IBD. I had ignored the first
signs of weight loss for 2-3 months thinking I was overreacting.

Good luck,
Kristin