Many people worry about their cats getting fat, but unintentional weight loss can be a serious issue, too. It may be a sign of an underlying medical problem.
There are many factors which can lead to weight loss in a cat, including:
? Intestinal tumors
? Pregnancy or nursing
? Insufficient calorie intake
? Prolonged exposure to cold
? Paralysis of the esophagus
? Organ failure (heart, liver, kidney)
? Chronic blood loss (hemorrhaging)
? The quality of the food (i.e., its taste, freshness)
? Chronic protein-losing intestinal disorder
? Blockages in stomach/gut (gastrointestinal obstructions)
? Surgical removal (resection) of segments of bowel
There are many other potential causes of weight loss in cats. Because of this, your veterinarian is the most important person to help determine why your cat is loosing weight. One of the reasons your veterinarian is so diligent about recording your pets body weight during every visit is so that if you suspect weight loss, the former weights can be reviewed. Your vet will perform a comprehensive physical exam and question you as to any changes in their behavior or habits.