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The vet called today with Cobweb's blood test results, and it looks like the problem is not her thyroid. Next the vet wants to do an ultrasound, to check for problems with her organs, her intestines, etc. It's very expensive, but the cats have health insurance, so that should help.

I asked the vet -- hopefully -- if there was any chance that Cobweb was just losing weight because Lucy chases her around. The vet said no, there really was no chance that she'd lose this much weight for that reason. Shannon wanted me to ask her whether our way of feeding her might cause something like this (we leave out plenty of food all the time), but she said no to that, too. Her response to these questions was to say that she believes that there is something significantly wrong with Cobweb which is the underlying cause of the weight loss. That was very clear and to the point, and left me feeling even more worried. I kept hoping against hope that this wasn't anything serious, but now it looks like it probably is.

Tomorrow I'm calling the vet to schedule Cobweb for an ultrasound. At least it won't hurt her.



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Jul. 31st, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
well... as you know, Boppers got diagnosed with mast-cell disease, basically cancer, after mysterious weight loss as well. We opted not to do chemo. But 17 months after that diagnosis, she's still here. I give her steroid medication once a day, and that really helped her gain some of the weight back. She's skinnier than she was, but not bony like she got at one point.

When I took her back for the follow-up appointment a couple months ago, the vet said things might very well continue like this for some time.

All this is to say that I hope you get good news back about Cobweb, but sometimes even when there's bad news, it's not totally dire.

This is the hard part about having pets though... hugs.
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
I really hope that whatever is causing the weight gain isn't so serious! I truly hope the vet is overreacting a bit.
Jul. 31st, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty! I hope whatever it is is treatable and Cobweb lives a long and healthy life.
Jul. 31st, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
I hope you can find out soon what's going on!

One of our cats recently started acting listless, and lost weight. He had a heart ultrasound and has a heart valve problem that some cats just get, not age related. He's taking pills for it now and is doing very well. I hope Cobweb's problem is something relatively easy to treat (they never like pills, but they get used to them.)
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