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Chuckie's losing weight/ Spyder threw up ribbon  

post #1 of 28
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Yikes! These boys are giving me more grey hairs!!

Chuckie is my big boy, he's always been heavy to carry around (about 18 pounds) A few weeks ago we accidently got the low calorie Natural Balance dry food instead of the regular. No one likes it too much as they haven't really been eating it

Anyway, Chuckie's been eating a lot of canned food, he usually mainly eats dry. Well, I picked him up yesterday and he felt a whole lot lighter...it kind of has me worried, I know it's more than likely from not eating much dry food the last few weeks, but I haven't weighed him yet to see how much he weighs now but will do it tomorrow.

Then Spyder threw up a hairball and there was a piece of curling ribbon in it! My niece was over for the week and wrapped up some gifts for her younger brother and sister and I guess she left ribbon scraps and Spyder got to them.

Seems like it's always something!
post #2 of 28
It is, isn't it?

It really reminds you that you can't be everywhere, too.

As with parenting, too much of it is down to luck.
post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 
It sure is!

Spyder seems ok, he is eating and using the litter as normal. I'm just going to keep an eye on Chuckie's weight for a while.
post #4 of 28
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I just weighed Chuckie and he is 12 pounds. Last year at the vet he was 18 pounds.

Come to think of it I remember him feeling lighter a few months ago, but he's never felt this light.
I'm going to weigh him a few more time within the next week and if the weight loss continues he's going to the vet.
post #5 of 28
Diane, how old is Chucky? Is he getting to be a "senior" cat?

When my Molly started with her thyroid condition, she lost a lot of weight fast. It was easily controlled with medication.
post #6 of 28
Thread Starter 
Hi Karen,
Chuckie is 5 years old. Hyperthyroid is my main concern for him. Hopefully it is isn't but he has been eating alot of canned food lately and still want more.

That's how Roo was acting when she was diagnosed with hyperthyroid.
post #7 of 28
Have him tested for hyperthyroidism, diabetes, etc. He is pretty young for hyperthyroidism, but it is not unheard of. Diabetes might be a bigger concern because of his past weight problem.
post #8 of 28
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Chuckie has a vet appointment Thursday at 4:30 PM (et)

I wish it could be sooner but won't have money until then.
post #9 of 28
Lots of good vibes to both Chuckie and you
post #10 of 28
not to freak ya out but my kitty Baby who was a maincoon mix was about 4 years old and started losing weight at a really fast pace. I was very very worried and when I took him into the vet they couldnt diagnose anything without a bunch of very expensive tests. I was only 18 at the time and could not afford it. he ended up dying at home in my arms one night at a very very skinny deadly weight. if he continues to drop more weight take him in and do what you can to help him out.

Good luck.

oh and about your other cat eating ribbon....Mikey at a shoe string size piece of rope/string....saw it coming out of his you know where....tried pulling it out. BAD IDEA it was longer than I thought lol. So i gave him some milk and figured hed be heading for the litter pan shortly. sure enough about 45 min later I found the rest in his litter pan. I was just amazed. I cant imagine what else hes eaten in the past and passed. lol.

take care!
post #11 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone.

I got Chuckies appointment changed to this morning because he really looks like he's not feeling too good right now. Plus he hasn't really been eating much since yesterday morning. Will let you know how it goes.
post #12 of 28
Good luck to you, I really hope Chuckie is okay.
post #13 of 28
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Chuckie has to stay at the vet. He didn't have a fever and his heart and lungs are good. The vet thinks it may be either a liver inflamation/infection or diabetes

He has lost 7 lbs since his last vet visit about a year ago.

They are giving him antibiotics and fluids and will run blood test and if they come back ok they will do xrays.
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by stormy View Post
Chuckie has to stay at the vet. He didn't have a fever and his heart and lungs are good. The vet thinks it may be either a liver inflamation/infection or diabetes

He has lost 7 lbs since his last vet visit about a year ago.

They are giving him antibiotics and fluids and will run blood test and if they come back ok they will do xrays.
Oh no dear Chuckie!, sending many prayers
post #15 of 28
Vibes for Chuckie! Hopefully it will turn out to be something that the vet can fix easily, or at least maintain him with treatment.
post #16 of 28
Sending healing vibes to Chuckie and good tidings to you too, parent. As I was reading your postings I was wondering if maybe Chuckie was losing weight because you've been feeding him more wet food (which I learned is supposed to be better for keeping weight down than dry) but he's lost a little TOO much weight quickly, hasn't he?

He is fortunate to have such a good caregiver and hopefully he will be diagnosed asap and we can hear how he's doing. Hugs to you both.
post #17 of 28
Chuckie Calming vibes to you Diane.
post #18 of 28
i do hope it is nothing too serious, will be thinking about you.
post #19 of 28
Oh, poor Chuckie! Nobody likes to stay at the doctor. Plenty of get well vibes for Chuckie, and calming vibes to you!
post #20 of 28
Poor chuckie! Feel better soon!
post #21 of 28
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Thanks for the good vibes everyone. Chuckie and I sure can use them right now. I have been a nervous wreck and am glad Chuckie is finally in good hands at the vet. I am just hoping it is nothing life threatening. He is just the sweetest kitty, such a love bug

Will let you know how the blood test come out and if he will need x rays.
post #22 of 28
I'm praying for you, Chuckie! Big hugs and sweet snuggles from us to you, Diane

post #23 of 28
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Thanks Steph.
post #24 of 28
Any updates yet Diane?
post #25 of 28
Thread Starter 
Chuckie had to be PTS today.
I can't write about it right now.
post #26 of 28
Diane, I can not begin to tell you how sorry I am.
post #27 of 28
Oh no I am so terribly sorry Diane My heart goes out to you right now.
post #28 of 28
I'll close the thread now so you can all pay your tributes to Diane and Chuckie here:

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...56#post1305156

God rest your little soul sweet Chuckie
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