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Junior is a 12 year old, very active indoor cat who seems very healthy. He used to be overweight at 11.9 lbs 2 years ago but now is down to 7. Two years ago he started losing weight slowly and had bouts where he ate very little for a short while (we thought the weight loss and lack of appetite was due to stress of our first baby starting to walk) but in the last 9 months the weight loss has been more significant despite eating much more for the last 14 months. He weighed 10 lbs June 03 but 9 months later he is now 7 lbs. There is no weight left to lose as he is skin & bones. He has a great appetite and drinks lots of H20. His litter box is very “active” with hard stools and plenty of urine.

His diet used to be Iams but 6 months ago we tried a high calorie moist food (which he struggled to keep down- something he has ALWAYS had difficulty with is keeping down moist and even some dry foods and snacks.) We ended up with Kitten chow thinking it was high in calorie and something he was keeping down. He rarely used to get into people food on the counters, but recently is all over most any food on counters like he is starving, despite having food in his bowl and belly.

We have done a CBC which tested regular except for ALT which was high at 345U/L (range given was 12-130) Three weeks later ALT was still high, but lower at 205 U/L.

Slightly high were the following:
GLOG 5.24 G/dl (range 2.80-5.10)
GLU 150 mg/dl (range 76-145) three weeks later it was 121 mg/dl
CHOL 230 mg/d. (range 65-225)
Stool sample came back normal for worms.
Both the T3 and T4Free(done 4 months later) thyroid tests came back normal as well.
I am trying to avoid invasive tests (due to very high stress during vet visits for him and high cost to us) so our vet tried some meds for assimilating??his food (Viokase) Junior vomited it up within 10 minutes. I tried first in pill form, then ground up and sprinkled lightly on food, then a few grains in water in a dropper. He thew up every time. My vet has no clue what it could be. He lists many things but doesn’t see any as a high potential to be “it”.

My vet mentioned a possible protien allergy of sorts. He rec. trying him on Gerber lamb for a few weeks and see if weight starts coming back on. Saying something about possibly being alergic to something in his food and the viokase meds?

UPDATE: He loves the lamb and keeps it down- don’t know yet if he will gain any weight from it as of yet. He was eating his kitten food great as well so I am not holding my breath that this is it.

Something I was reading about was Fatty Liver Disease? could it be this?

My vet mentioned many other tests but I could not get him to say which test he recommended next. He just kept listing tests saying things like...well it could be___ and then it very well could be ____.

Please help!
John
 

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i dont know much about diabetes in cats, but i do know that the symptoms you said were the absolute physical description of diabetes in humans (i have it). The rapid weight loss, drinking a lot of water, and feeling as though you cant keep your food down are classic diabetic symptoms. i also noticed that the tests you had performed showed a high glucose count, which is actually what diabetes is (your body cant produce enough insulin to keep your bloodi glucose at a lower normal level). did your vet tell you that this could be a possibility? i know that there are a few members of this forum who have diabetic kitties, and hopefully they can help you a little more. good luck
 

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The glucose reported was normal for cats.

How are his stools? Runny? Odorous?

As your vet said, this may be some type of inflammatory bowel disease/food allergy/malassimilation/maldigestion thing going on. Viokase is digestive enzymes, which would be good if he didn't puke them every time!

I would be thinking along the lines of a hypoallergenic diet trial (lamb baby food is a good start, turkey or ham might work too). You can mix it with the Gerber baby rice cereal or barley. He could go a couple weeks on that without needing supplements, but of course it is not balanced at all.

One product I just recently found that is working in these types of cases is a blue-green algae concentrate (much stronger than spirulina or chlorella) called "BioSuperfood." To read more about this see: http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?a ... uperhealth

It detoxifies and strengthens their systems. It contains a bunch of enzymes (like about 4,000) to help digestion and metabolism. I haven't seen anything quite like it before. I just started my cats on it today. Most cats eat it fine in their food. It costs about $18 for a months supply including shipping and all that jazz. Ordering info is in the article. We don't sell it, we have our clients order from the distributor.

Cheers,
Dr. Jean
 

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His stools are hard. Don't notice any change in odor...all stinks to me, especially when he doesn't cover it up all the way. :shock:

Thanks for the info. I will add some baby cereal (we have an 8 month old so have it on hand)like you suggested.

which biosuperfood do you suggest. I am also wondering if his stomach could handle it if he couldn't handle the other?!?! will just have to try and see.

I got some other advice to have my vet check feline diabetes and the liver function. What do you think about those two tests?
thanks again for your time and info. will keep you posted.

J
 
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