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Underweight cat [Sep. 29th, 2012|08:33 pm]
Vet Care and Advice


my cat is just over 2yrs old but the size of a roughly 8month old kitten in height/length and very skinny. To the point where you could feel almost every bone in her body, ribs, chest, hips, spine, everything. This is not especially new, she has never been a decent weight. When i got her as an abandoned kitten she was very aneamic from fleas and the treatment made her very sick-she had two blood transfusions as well as stints in an oxygen tent all before being 3months old. My vet likens her to a premature baby and says she will never be big which is fine, and as her hear/lungs/eyes etc have always checked out ok and she does eat relatively well wet and dry food twice a day like my other two, he hasn't been concerned but I feel really awful about how skinny she is, like if anyo e else saw her they'd think I starved her.

I'm taking her for a checkup in a week or so but I wondered if there is anything I should ask or anything I can do to help her gain weight? I've tried kitten food, expensive vet food, cheap food, nothing has seemed to help. She is neutered and also very easily scared if that is of any consequence, like I can't even cough when she is on my lap or she runs like crazy. It worrys me that being so thin could have an effect on her organs, I don't want to make her fat, just healthy.

thanks for any help you can give

[User Picture]From: fwickee
2012-09-29 07:58 pm (UTC)
If she's underweight it is worth doing a basic blood panel on her when you have her vet visit just to ensure all the problems she had when she was a kitten didn't damage any of her organs.

Assuming that all checks out fine, talk to your vet about her weight. If he/she thinks she needs to gain weight it might be worth putting her on a high calorie food. However, a lot of animals I see whose owners are concerned are actually at a normal, healthy weight - they just look skinny because so many animals are overweight nowadays. =)
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[User Picture]From: not0_fuckin_kay
2012-10-01 11:19 pm (UTC)
A blood panel sounds like a good idea to check on that, thank you.

I actually just dug out her record book, I didn't want to guess something silly for her weight. At 6months old she weighed 2.5kg, 1yr 2.6kg and hasn't gained any since then. I gather my vet, as wonderful as he is, thinks I'm obsessed with fattening her up but it just seems wrong to feel like you're stroking a skeleton covered with hair, I wish I was exaggerating-she might be short in height but she's long from head to tail. I will ask about a more high caloried food though. Oh yes I've definitely seen some rather large cats-my parents have a 17lb british blue, he's like a small dog!
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[User Picture]From: harliquinnraver
2012-09-29 08:28 pm (UTC)
Have you had a fecal done? If not, I'd recommend it to rule out any type of parasites which can prevent an animal from gaining weight properly.
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[User Picture]From: not0_fuckin_kay
2012-10-01 10:45 pm (UTC)
She has done in the past and all of her worming/flea treatments are up to date but she is due vaccinations anyway so I'll ask, thank you.
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