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My cat is 18 years old and has gradually getting thinner and thinner. Her bones stick right out eventhough she eats all the time. I worm her regularly so i don't think worms are the problem. Does anyone have any idea what might be wrong with her? Please help
 

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The Older Cat... a web site

A Website I found has much info' on the older cat and some problems/concerns. We have a girl who is 8 years old now - that makes her 57 in human years - so I was happy to read some of this info'. I'm sure you'll find it informative also:

http://lovecats4x.tripod.com/oldercat.html


*Other interesting thing I found on the 'Net:


The old "multiply by seven" rule no longer is recognized as a means of converting a cat's age to that of a human. The age conversion chart below is based on the very latest veterinary and behavioral research.
The general consensus is that cats reach middle age by about seven years old. Most veterinarians and animal behaviorists consider cats to be geriatric at age 10 to 12 and beyond.

The average life span for a cat has increased over the years. It is now estimated at 16 years, with some cats reaching 20 years old and more.


Age of your Cat The Human Equivalent
1 month 10 months
3 months 7 years
6 months 14 years
9 months 18 years
1 year 24 years
2 years 36 years
3 years 42 years
4 years 45 years
5 years 48 years
6 years 51 years
7 years 54 years
8 years 57 years
9 years 60 years
10 years 63 years
11 years 66 years
12 years 69 years
13 years 72 years
14 years 75 years
15 years 78 years
16 years 81 years
17 years 84 years
18 years 87 years
19 years 90 years
20 years 93 years
20+ years add 3 years per
cat year
 

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A Website I found has much info' on the older cat and some problems/concerns. We have a girl who is 8 years old now - that makes her 57 in human years - so I was happy to read some of this info'. I'm sure you'll find it informative also:

http://lovecats4x.tripod.com/oldercat.html


*Other interesting thing I found on the 'Net:


The old "multiply by seven" rule no longer is recognized as a means of converting a cat's age to that of a human. The age conversion chart below is based on the very latest veterinary and behavioral research.
The general consensus is that cats reach middle age by about seven years old. Most veterinarians and animal behaviorists consider cats to be geriatric at age 10 to 12 and beyond.

The average life span for a cat has increased over the years. It is now estimated at 16 years, with some cats reaching 20 years old and more.


Age of your Cat The Human Equivalent
1 month 10 months
3 months 7 years
6 months 14 years
9 months 18 years
1 year 24 years
2 years 36 years
3 years 42 years
4 years 45 years
5 years 48 years
6 years 51 years
7 years 54 years
8 years 57 years
9 years 60 years
10 years 63 years
11 years 66 years
12 years 69 years
13 years 72 years
14 years 75 years
15 years 78 years
16 years 81 years
17 years 84 years
18 years 87 years
19 years 90 years
20 years 93 years
20+ years add 3 years per
cat year
 

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Even an 18 year old cat will not lose weight without a reason. Many causes are very treatable. She needs to see a vet right away to determine the problem and how to help her.

Cheers,
Dr. Jean
 
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