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14yr old long hair tabby skinny in colder months?
JaeMcD posted:
My cat and I are native to warmer southern states and moved in 2001 to the Midwest. For as long as I can remember, my cat has had a thicker coat in the warmer months and a thin coat during the cooler months. In fact, he gets down right bony during Fall/Winter. He eats, drinks, uses the liter box and is very active like a normal cat. I guess now that he's a senior, it worries me more than it did 5-6 years ago. He's on a grain-free diet and always has a full water fountain. Maybe I'm just overly paranoid due to his age because I know as soon as the snow melts and it reaches 60 degrees daily, he'll fluff up again like he does every year. Should I take him to the vet any way just to be certain he's ok?
esong responded:
have kitty's thyroid checked!
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
If this is exactly what he's always done, you may not have anything to worry about. But if something is different (like he's eating or urinating more, etc.) then he needs to be checked right away. That said, he's well into his senior years and if he hasn't been examined by your veterinarian recently, he should go in for a senior wellness exam at least once a year (every 6 months is ideal.)

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice
JaeMcD responded:
Thyroid was clear. His kidneys are the problem. It's strange because he's been like this before but the vets said he's just starting to show early signs of kidney disease. They can't explain it, but we're all happy I took him in and got him diagnosed/treated before I lost him!

Moral of the story, if kitty sheds weight quickly - TAKE KITTY TO VET!


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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