I have a cat with the following issues: extreme weight loss (down 6 to 7 pounds); constant hunger and crying for food; drinking a lot of water; urinating in puddles; and with runny stools that appear to have an oil base.I've been to the vet several times and spent a fortune. We tested the cat for diabetes and thyroid problems. We also checked for any type of worms, but the vets are baffled as to what's wrong with him.He has no signs of discomfort or pain, just constant hunger and thirst. He attacks every time the refrigerator is opened or if there's any food around. He has eaten through grocery bags to get at food. I have to keep him separate from the other family cat or he will eat all his food, too. And I caught him eating his own stool a couple of times. I can't seem to ever feed him enough.I have no intention of euthanizing him, but I'm at my wits' end. I have to lock him up every time I'm in the kitchen preparing food or trying to eat. I had to wrestle him once over a hambone he grabbed out of the refri
R.M., Amsterdam, NY Jun 26, 2005
Your cat's symptoms point to hyperthyroidism and diabetes. But since your veterinarians have ruled these out and have no solution after varied tests, I would next rule out disease of the pancreas and associated malabsorption of food, especially in view of the oil in his stools. Then consider your cat's age as a possible contributing factor in his changed behavior.Senile, degenerative changes in the brain can have profound effects on behavior. A trial run of 6 to 8 weeks on an anti-anxiety drug like clomipramine or Xanax may help. Other senile changes in the gastrointestinal/digestive system could interfere with absorption of nutrients.I would also advise giving your cat a multi-mineral and multivitamin supplement, acidophilus and pancreatic enzymes to facilitate the digestion of food -- all under veterinary supervision.
Because of Dr. Fox’s schedule, he cannot accept nor respond to e-mails concerning
pet health and behavioral problems. You may find answers in his
Archives section and in his
Special Reports. If you have a
pet emergency, please contact your nearest veterinary hospital or clinic.