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Some Signs To Look For In An Older Cat

Thursday, March 26, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

oldercatMy cat, Molly is almost sixteen years old. Recently, I noticed some weight loss and occasional spitting up some undigested food. She also has a ravenous appetite.

Some weight loss is normal in an older cat. The ravenous appetite can be several things. It can be a result of hyperthyroidism which usually affects older cats. Another reason is that when a cat gets older, the stomach lining doesn’t absorb as many nutrients which can cause an increase in appetite. It’s always good to take your older cat to the vet for a checkup.

If your cat eats too fast, she can spit up some undigested food as is the case with Molly. I plan to take Molly for her checkup but otherwise she appears very healthy.

If your cat loses lots of weight, vomits or has diarrhea, appears listless and has no appetite, get her to the vet right away as this could be something more serious.

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