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Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by MilleD, Jun 5, 2019.


  1. MilleD

    MilleD PetForums VIP

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    My 15 year old, Dave, has been eating like a horse for a few weeks.

    Literally screaming at me to feed her every time I walk into the kitchen, however she is losing weight and you can feel her spine and ribs.

    She's not been well for a while - she's on Metacam for arthritis, and regularly needs a course of antibiotics to get rid of recurrent URIs.

    I've been to the vets and she has had blood tests that have ruled out hyperthyroidism or any problems with her kidneys or liver.

    So my question is, is this likely to be cancer? The blood tests showed raised levels of inflammation that the vet put down to the arthritis and asked me to raise the Metacam dosage slightly for 2 weeks then take her in for more bloods. But every time I look at her I just see the big C :(.

    Is raised inflammation indicative of cancer? I daren't Google....
     
  2. huckybuck

    huckybuck Feline Forum Fashionista

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    hmm Just read post properly.

    Wish I had advice - just wondering if it’s age related? Huck is eating loads too - he’s 13 - and is skinny as everything.

    Fingers crossed all is ok.
     
  3. Psygon

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    I don't want to worry you but... Cancer could cause being hungry all the time and would mean despite what she eats she would be losing weight. And also inflammation.

    However, I would suspect that if your vet thought this was a potential diagnosis they would have spoken to you about it. There is also the possibility that if it was cancer then they might have found something when examining her (both our cats who had intestinal cancer were initially diagnosed by feeling their tummy's, and then confirmed through further tests).

    I think if you are worried you need to speak to your vet again, but if they haven't mentioned it up till now I do wonder if they think it's the case.
     
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  4. MilleD

    MilleD PetForums VIP

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    It could be her age, but it really is constant. It's not like she does that much either. She basically eats and sleeps :) It's a cat's life....
     
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  5. MilleD

    MilleD PetForums VIP

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    I suspect that the vet really thought it would be her thyroid and that possibly clouded him looking for other things.

    He looked at her teeth and felt her abdomen pretty thoroughly. Although he said her teeth were fine, I think that one of her canines might be giving her problems as she has started eating with her head weirdly tilted to one side...

    I think another vet visit is in order
     
  6. Rufus15

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    Isn't cancer usually picked up on blood tests initially? I don't know much about it, sorry :(

    But hopefully it's just an age thing and she's otherwise well
     
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    MilleD PetForums VIP

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    I think the problem is that a raised inflammation marker could point towards anything from infection to cancer. I'll be booking her in again today.

    She is driving me mad asking for food and I don't want to start getting annoyed with her...
     
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    Hope you get an answer soon and that it isn't anything sinister ,x
     
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    Ask for full bloods to be done, put your mind at rest.

    Hoping all is well and Dave is just getting on as we all are :)
     
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    Cancer is not diagnosed by blood tests. Usually ultrasound is the first step in diagnosing cancer, or needle biopsy.

    Sorry to hear you and Dave are going through this @MilleD
     
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    I have one who does the same. Refuses what I offer, then waits until I am doing something and starts whining that he's hungry. Then of course I have to stop what I'm doing and feed him, then the others think it's dinnertime again (well, Teddy's being fed, so we're in with a chance). Teddy will actually jump on to my lap and give a dribbly purr, or stand on his back legs and attach himself to my leg, all the time wearing a panic-stricken, starving-to-death expression! It does wear you down, I agree.
     
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    @MilleD as you say signs of inflammation can be due to infection or an inflammatory condition such as arthritis, not necessarily cancer. And as lorilu said cancer is not diagnosed by blood tests.

    Perhaps the inflammation could be related to her lungs? (as well as her arthritis) Does the vet know why Dave gets URI's - is it related to an old Feline Herpesvirus infection?

    And, which antibiotic has she had to treat the URI's? Some ABs are less effective than others for URIs, especially ones that keep recurring. The most effective I have used for one of my cats is Doxycycline. Since a course of that 8 months ago he has had no repeat URI's . As a side note I too get URI's, (as I have asthma), and since being prescribed doxycycline the frequency of my infections has reduced considerably.

    Is Dave having Yumove (or simular product) to help manage the arthritis?
     
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    So sorry I can’t help, but an ultrasound scan sounds a sensible course of action. I know it’s hard shaking off those horrible feelings but you might be worrying unnecessarily. Please let us know how he gets on. xxx
     
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    How very worrying. It does sound exactly like hyperthyroidism. Did the vet actually feel for a tumour, as well as get the blood test done? I'd be inclined to see a different vet & get that blood test repeated - in fact, as suggested, a full range of blood tests & thorough physical examination. It certainly sounds as if you can now feed your cat as much as it likes. Whatever is going on, whether disease or old age, leave a good supply of food to be eaten on demand & plenty of water, of course. Good dry food would be a good back-up, whether or not you usually feed it. Once a cat is losing weight, worrying about limited regular meals becomes a thing of the past.
     
  15. MilleD

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    Leaving food out would be really tricky as the fat git in my avatar will just hoover everything up. And it's difficult to separate them as she will just scratch at the door...
     
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    Ooh, she's had a few different ABs for the URI which yes are related they think to a recurring virus. She first had an injectable one that lasted for 2 weeks, then tablets which I can't right now remember the name of.

    I think it's an old thread of mine, I'll have to look.

    I've not managed to get any yumove into her. Although I've not tried since she started to eat anything that didn't move - I'll try again.
     
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    She's booked into the vets on Saturday morning.
     
  18. huckybuck

    huckybuck Feline Forum Fashionista

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    Microchip feeder MilleD - they work a treat! L H has put on over half a kilo since we got his.

    Could fat git have been pinching her food?
     
  19. BarneyBobCat

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    Certain cancers can be detected by blood tests e.g Feline leukaemia
     
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  20. huckybuck

    huckybuck Feline Forum Fashionista

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    I might be inclined to repeat HT test too.
     
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