Paranoid about my 15 year old cat

by Truthfinder General


Morry has been with me his whole life. He has always been very independent (in comparison to my other two cats), but lately it's like he's addicted to my company.

He has to sit in front of me when I'm on the computer (he's doing that now), isn't disturbed by me coughing or the noise of my typing. If I move to an armchair, he follows me and sits on my knee. Go to bed - he has to join me under the duvet - literally he's stuck on me. All the time. He leans on me whilst sitting upright and snoozes, not even curling up.

He has lost lots of weight recently, although I can't see why as he eats happily and on some days shouts his head off for more and more food, even if it's there in front of him.

He used to purr like a motorcycle and only does it rarely at the moment.

He has been acting strangely with treats too - if I put one down in front of him, he backs away from it and acts like it scares him.

His fur, which was always like satin, is slightly greasy - like he isn't washing as much as he used to and his breath is shocking.

About 9 years ago, Morry came down with Calicivirus and if it hadn't have been for an amazing experimentally minded vet, he would have died. I spent two years, twice a day giving him AZT and he's been fine for several years now.

I'm really worried that he's wearing out :-(

Dear Truthfinder,

Morry needs to be brought to a veterinarian as soon as possible. His weight loss in spite of eating well is a sign of illness. His need to be next to you constantly can be a sign of illness. The change in his hair coat is a sign of illness.

His bad breath and decrease in purring is a sign of illness.

Don't be frightened to go to the vet. As horrible as all of these signs may sound, there are some feline illnesses with these signs that can be very treatable. But if you wait too long, it may be too late.

Hyperthyroidism, in particular, could explain almost all of the signs and if that is what your cat has, it could be easily controlled with daily medication.

Best wishes,
Dr. Neely

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