A mystery with my cat?

United States
July 3, 2009 1:03pm CST
I have had a cat for almost 10 years now. She has been a really great cat. I have started noticing her losing weight. I got to messing with her the other day and noticed why. She is starting to lose her teeth from her being so old. I have started eeding her soft food now. If I had not had picked her up and started to mess with her head I would have never known.
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
3 Jul 09
You should take her to the vets to get her checked over. At the least, it seems likely that she's got gum disease. That may be why she's losing her teeth. This can be treated by the vets without any trouble though and this might prevent any further tooth loss. She is actually a little young to be experiencing tooth loss.
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@Signal20 (2281)
• United States
3 Jul 09
Actually, assuming you've had the cat since it was a kitten and is only about 10 years old, that's really only like middle age to a cat. It's not uncommon for them to live to 15-20 years, I've even heard of longer then that. I had one make it to about 20 years. As mentioned, I would probably schedule an appt. with a vet for a check up. Like mentioned, it could be gum disease, or some other underlying disorder. And really, soft foods aren't the greatest to feed all the time for cats/dogs. They need the crunchy food to help keep their teeth strong and clean. Another thing to consider, not sure what you're feeding, but do some research and be sure to feed her a good quality pet food as well. I was completely ignorant to pet foods, until the big pet food recalls that went on. I started doing some research, and wow....it's amazing some of the cr*p that goes into our pet's food. Unfortunately I can't afford the top of the line foods for my animals, but I have upgraded to foods that get at least 3 stars out of 5, much better then the foods I was feeding which were so bad weren't even given a single star lol. Pretty much everything from Walmart or grocery stores is bad for pets. Feeding them a better quality food just makes them healthier all around, and better able to fight infections. Good luck and hope it's nothing too serious!
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@OConnell87 (1045)
3 Jul 09
shes done good to last 10 years, my best friend has had so many cats in the past 10 years because they always seem to get run over. Maybe your cat should have a check up with the vet just to make sure there is nothing else
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@casinocat (284)
• United States
7 Jul 09
Hi! Me again. I'm just wondering how your kitty is doing.
@casinocat (284)
• United States
4 Jul 09
I must agree with everyone, it's time for a visit to the vet. The tooth loss and weight loss sound like symptoms of kidney disease. Good luck and hugs to you and your kitty.
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
4 Jul 09
You do need to get your baby to a vet. She shouldn't be loosing her teeth so soon. I have a Siamese that is 15 and she still has all her teeth. Losing weight and losing teeth is a signal of a problem. In the mean time put your lady on a high calorie diet so that she will start gaining some weight back. Since there is tooth loss, you may need to adjust her diet (you didn't say what you fed her, whether it is wet or dry food) so she has more wet food that is easy to eat, and you may even treat her to milk too. The biggest thing is to get her checked as at 10 she shouldn't be losing teeth. I have an outside cat that is 19 (he's semi wild) and he didn't start losing teeth until he was 17.