Up until a few years ago, my 12-year-old Oscar (orange tabby) was a fat boy (18 pounds). Then he seemed to have developed a skin or neurological problem, and began constantly grooming/chewing/licking any part of his body he could reach. (At one point, he had a mohawk!) My vet hasn't been able to find the problem and suggested a neurologist (the one in our area charges $100 just to walk through the door, so he's out right now). Oscar is a happy cat, but the weight loss over the years has me concerned. He just looks so emaciated. Can't find any medical problems there, either. He usually eats dry food, but tends to eat, then turn around and hork it all back up! He doesn't do this at every feeding, but enough to make me wonder if that's part of the weight loss. I've started feeding him wet food combined with a little dry food, and he handles that much better. My question is this: is their anything extra I can give him to bring that weight up? Like I said, he's happy (except for only wanting to be touched on his head and face), but he just looks so emaciated. We'll be going back to the vet next payday, but I want to do what I can until then. Thanks for any suggestions you can give!
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7/31/07 at 8:34am