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4. What can cause weight loss in a cat?

There is no shortage of portly pets in the world these days, mainly due to the abundance of owners who overfeed and under-exercise their four-legged friends. These animals could use a good weight loss program. However, weight loss in an animal that is not on a diet is generally a cause for concern.

Some of the most common causes of weight loss in cats are intestinal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms or tapeworms. Fortunately, these are relatively easy to treat — one or two doses of medication will usually do the trick.

More serious potential causes of weight loss in cats include cancer, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease and dental infections. No matter what the cause, any unexplained weight loss in your cat should be brought to the attention of your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Litter Box Basics
Intestinal parasites are very common in cats, with infection rates as high as 45 percent, according to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. The best way to avoid recurring infections is to scoop feces from cat litter boxes daily and regularly clean them with a bleach solution.

3. Should you be worried if your cat has diarrhea?

Despite its inherent unpleasantness, diarrhea serves a critical function in all animals, including cats. It is nature’s way of quickly getting rid of anything in the digestive tract that has the potential to do harm. It’s normal for cats to have occasional diarrhea, and it’s usually a short-lived problem.

Sometimes, however, diarrhea indicates a more serious condition in cats, such as intestinal infections or tumors. If your cat’s diarrhea persists for more than 48 hours, contains blood or is accompanied by vomiting or fever, make an appointment to see your veterinarian immediately. You should also see your veterinarian if your cat shows signs of dehydration, which include sunken eyes, lethargy, and a dry mouth and nose.

Hydration Helps
A cat that has diarrhea may also refuse to eat or drink during the episode. However, dehydration is a serious concern for cats. If your pet is experiencing diarrhea, encourage him to drink at least small amounts of water.

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6:40AM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

Useful article.

9:09AM PST on Jan 12, 2014

Thanks

2:56AM PST on Nov 7, 2013

Thanks

2:43AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Great article! Thanks for sharing.

2:32AM PDT on May 28, 2013

thank you for the good advice

4:37PM PDT on May 18, 2013

Thanks for the good advice !!

4:13AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Very useful article, thanks for posting.

4:20PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Thanks

7:14AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Great information, thanks so much...

10:31PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

Samantha thank you for this information. Our Kismet, aka Kizzy is 14 already and he knows the 'drills' for cutting his nails, and brushing his thick beautiful Persian fur to avoid fur balls... that only happens in my dreams! Seriously though, he is showing signs of problems such as severe weight loss even though he is eating and drinking albeit much less these days.
When we adopted him we were told he was found abandoned in a field, and if cats have memories like humans do, then it would stand to reason that fear was his early experience and remains to this day. He panics when I get him ready to go to the vet. All comforts mean nothing. And now, I just worry that this may be his last trip::( If you have any advice please do not hesitate to send me a message. Thanks again Samantha and Care2 feline loving friends .

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