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Causes of Weight Loss in Cats

There is no doubt that cats are among the cutest and friendliest pets on earth. They are very communicative, intelligent, and easy to care for. Also, they are said to have nine lives. However, that does not mean they are impervious to health issues.

If you have noticed that your cat has slimmed down overnight, this is a good reason for concern. This may be a sign of a serious health issue. Here is an overview of the most common factors contributing to changes in cats’ body weight.

1. Stress

Cats have a very delicate psyche, and what we usually regard as but a slight problem, your cat may consider a sheer distress. For example, cats get depressed and/or anxious when there are other pets around. Cats hate sharp noises and may feel bad over loud music, TV, etc. Also, a departure or death of someone in your family can be a severe stress for your pet. These factors are very likely to make your cat want to eat less than usual.

2. Poor sanitation

Being neat by nature, they hate it when you fail to clean their dish. They do not like it when owners place the dish close to the litterbox either. How’d you find having to eat near your toilet bowl? Needless to say, it is absolutely mandatory that you clean the dish right after each meal. To say nothing about the litterbox!

3. Tooth decay

Dental issues can directly affect your cat’s feeding habits. Aching teeth can make eating tough for your cat. As a result, pets fail to get the nutrition they should be getting right now. If you notice a decrease in your feline friend’s body weight, check its teeth. This issue may require extra vet dental care.

4. Gastrointestinal disorders

Cats often develop gastrointestinal diseases, such as gastritis, enteritis, food intolerance, allergies, pancreatitis, gall-bladder stones, liver problems, parasites, etc. Feeding takes the whole brunt of it when it comes to dealing with such issues. Symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, can drain your cat of healthy nutrients and water, and your cat may lose nearly half its previous weight in less than no time. If you think your pet has slimmed down due to this kind of issue, call your local vet immediately!

5. Age

Changes in weight are more common among aging cats. Some pets tend to lose weight, while others, vice versa, become obese. These changes occur due to slowing down metabolism, which makes them sedentary.

6. Hyperthyroidism

This condition is explained by the formation of a benign thyroid tumor, which causes overproduction of thyroid hormones. It makes cats eat more, but it will not prevent further weight loss. The only way to stop it is to use professional help to treat the disease.

7. Cancer

Weight loss is a common symptom of cancer – a deadly condition, which goes hand in hand with loss of appetite, as your cat loses vitality. Sadly, the disease does not usually show any signs at the initial stage and therefore it is often diagnosed too late. Putting your pet to regular checks is the best and only way to prevent the sad outcome.

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