Daisy, my 13-year old tortie, had most of her teeth extracted on Jan. 3. She was left with her two bottom fangs. Her breath smelled horrible for a long time, and then she started losing weight. She had cleanings along the way, but the smell always returned. She has recovered nicely, kibble is not an issue for her, and after a couple of weeks of post-dental antibiotics/appetite stimulant she was back to her old self. She has pu a little weight back on. She was never a big cat to begin with, so I am pleased with her recovery and progress.
Johnny, one of of the "terrible tabby twins" (his brother is Cash) started losing weight. I took him to the vet on Dec. 30 (along with Cash) for their annuals. The two regular vets were on holiday so a substitute vet was there. Cash weighed in at 15 lbs., but Johnny was down by almost 3 lbs. (just under 11 lbs.) We decided a lab panel was in order. The vet called the next day and said everything looked good so just monitor him.
Johnny continued to lose weight so I took him back on February 4th. He had lost another 1.5 lbs. Now he weighed 9.5 lbs. Too thin for a cat his size. Dr. G couldn't feel anything unusual in his abdomen, his lungs and heart sounded good, but something was happening. I mentioned his thyroid, but she said the lab work didn't show anything wrong with it. HOWEVER, she said his cholesterol was low as were his BUN number. And that could be an indication that something was going on with his liver. I told her that the substitute vet never mentioned those things and that she said his blood work was fine. I was very upset about that. She suggested that the blood panel be done again, and a different thyroid test would be ran. She also wanted a urine sample from him.
I dropped him off the following Monday so she could get the urine sample. She said he had a severe UTI!!! Poor baby. He was sent home with two different antibiotics and a supplement for his liver. Thank goodness he is easy to pill. Johnny went back last Tuesday for a weight check and an ultrasound (as a precaution). All good news. His organs look good and he had gained 8 oz. He will go back tomorrow for another weight check. I can tell he is gaining weight by his appearance and when I pick him up.
The rest of the horde are well for a bunch of senior citizens.