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Last time i posted here, I had just had my cat shaved (a lion's cut) to eliminate his matts.

Now I'm here for a more important reason. I always watch my cat for any behavior changes; and I noticed that he was eating about 3X as much as he normally does; he'd gobble up a little Sheba packet and ask for some more; but at the same time, I felt he was getting very skinny (I could feel is bones underneath the fur). I took him to vet and in turns out that he has lost over a pound since 4 months ago - and I can feel it...his ribs, his vertebrae - not an ounce of fat on him.

I had a blood test done.. my vet said it sounded like it could be either hyperthyroidism or diabetes which could be treated. However the results of the blood test did not show that; so it's something else. That something else may be 'cancer' ... and I am so dreading that's what it is. He is 16 yo and I've been through the loss of many cats in my lifetime, but just the thought of this happening again makes me crazy. He has also become very needy in the sense that he follows me around everywhere (when he is awake) and I dont mind that at all, but it is a sign of 'something' according to my vet.

For now, he recommended increasing the prednisone I've been giving him....but if he doesn't gain weight I would have to give him another ultrasound which I'm willing to do. What I'm not willing to do is make his life miserable by doing a biopsy or any invasive treatments....so right now I'm filled with anxiety that I may lose my boy. I've been spending so much time with him and petting him ....even though its hard because he is sooo skinny. It makes me very nervous.

I need support right now. Thank you!

Montana before he lost so much weight! about a month ago.

Cat Carnivore Fawn Felidae Whiskers
 

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Sweet Montana, I'm sorry he is going thru this and it's hard for you too.

I lost my sweet 16 YO Gabe Sept '21 after he began having problems with weight loss and loose stools. We did an ultrasound and the vet suspected cancer but I chose not to do a biopsy and treat him with chemo instead. He tolerated it well and was happy. I would take him to a specialist if you have one nearby and see what they say.
 

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I plan to have an ultrasound done - if increasing the prednisone doesn't help. He does not have loose stools, just eating more than usual; and losing weight instead of gaining weight....I don't know what kind of 'specialist' you have in mind -
 

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Wow, Montana is one gorgeous boy!

This sounds exactly like my Cleo, but she actually does have hyperthyroidism. She is also 16 years old. She acts normally, but for the first time in her life, she's sleeping with me and not running away when Charlee touches her. Cleo is only 5.5 lbs, I can feel everything on her body. I constantly watch for signs of it being her "time" because I'm her Mom, her best friend and her advocate. She's been there for me and I won't put her through anything invasive.

I wish you both the very best. You sound like a great guardian for Montana.
 
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I plan to have an ultrasound done - if increasing the prednisone doesn't help. He does not have loose stools, just eating more than usual; and losing weight instead of gaining weight....I don't know what kind of 'specialist' you have in mind -
There is an internal medicine vet in our area (55 miles). He did an US and found some thickening of Gabe’s intestines suspecting cancer we treated him with Pred and a chemo med.

Gabe was eating 4 - 3oz cans of food a day and losing weight.
 

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Hi Marie, If you think Montana is gorgeous, his buddy Coony was a beautiful & special MaineCoon who I lost at the age of 10. So sudden & devastating. I honest thought that Montana would live long after he died, because they were SO close. I wish it diagnosed as 'something' because now I worry that it is cancer. When I told my vet that he has become unusually needy and affectionate, he said to me it sounds like sign that he is sick. Well I already know that.

He normally weight 9.8 lbs. I brought him in to get weighed and he was at 8 lb!!! the least he has ever weighed. Everything else seems normal (his poop, he urinates a lot, he seems normal) except for the fact that I can feel his bones (skin & bones) and that frightens me. The only other test I'm willing to do is an 'ultrasound' very expensive, but I care about him more than I do about money....At his age would you permit the vet to do a biopsy? I guess I'll have to take it one step at a time, and monitor him very closely.

Can you feel his bones the way I can; a small cat can weigh as little as 5 lb, so he is a small cat or has he lost weight? For now, the vet has told me to increase his prednisone to 1.0mg twice a day. I'd love to hear more about Cleo.

Here are some photos of both Coony & Montana (when they were kittens and later)
Cat Carnivore Felidae Comfort Fawn
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Dog Dog breed Comfort Felidae Carnivore
 

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There is an internal medicine vet in our area (55 miles). He did an US and found some thickening of Gabe’s intestines suspecting cancer we treated him with Pred and a chemo med.

Gabe was eating 4 - 3oz cans of food a day and losing weight.
What can an internal medicine vet do that a regular vet can't? I thought vets, in general, were knowledgable in internal medicine. Anyway, I will ask him next week if it comes to that.
 

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What can an internal medicine vet do that a regular vet can't? I thought vets, in general, were knowledgable in internal medicine. Anyway, I will ask him next week if it comes to that.
Well, just as in human doctors there are vet specialists. Think of your regular vet as your primary care Dr. Highly trained and broadly knowledgeable but not a specialist.

An internal medicine doc is a specialty that focuses on the internal workings of the animal. The IM Vet may be board certified and have special focused training that the regular vet does not therefore sees more specialized cases than the general vet would. As a result they are familiar with diagnosing and treating conditions the reg Vet might not ever see.

Locally our reg vet does US and lab work and such but when I had clear issues with Gabe they sent me to the specialist - just like I would if it was me. As always it’s up to you and the confidence you have in the Vet and economics come into play.

My little cat Gabby - named after her late big bro Gabe - recently had a full mouth extraction done. Could the local vet - probably vet tech - do it without xrays and such…perhaps, it’s not something they have alot of experience with nor do they use dental x-rays to ensure complete removal of teeth and root.

The Board Cert vet dentist does this for a living, her staff is trained and knowledgeable and they even have a board cert vet anesthesiologist on hand. It was more spendy then having my local vet (again prob vet tech) do it but if I was going to put her thru that I wanted to be sure it was done right. Two months out she is a happy, spritely, little cat enjoying life…I dont think she even realizes her teeth are gone…not like we would anyway - she eats a 1/2 cup of kibble every day.

Best of luck with Montana he is a very beautiful cat.
 
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