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I have a male cat about 4-5 years old neutered. In the past 1-2 months he has dropped a lot of weight(35%) seems to start showing some hair loss and a lot less active. He also is holding his mouth open a lot as if that is where he is mainly breathing from. As far as eating goes its hard to say if he is eating less or drinking more/less with 2 other cats that all eat too. I do see him eat and drink though. His behavior has changed, all he wants to do is be in my lap, and sleeps. He was never a lap cat...always independent. I know I really need to take him to a vet...money is the problem atm, all cards maxed out and trying to live off of what I bring in with a commission only job. :( Im currently doing some phone calls here and there to find a vet with some decent prices. I will not be able to afford anything that will require serious procedures, surgeries, extensive testing...and so on. Has anyone experienced a cat with symptoms like this? Just wondering if someone has that can just explain what they've gone through. Im not looking for a home remedy, I know vet is the only way. Just looking for a person to talk to about this...I love my cat :(

Asked By: mblixa - 12/26/2008
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I've delayed a little on responding to this because the answer is not a nice one. It sounds very much like cancer - especially the weight loss and tiredness. There are other things it could also be such as liver disease but cancer is the one I know about... More
Answered By: Elizabeth - 12/27/2008
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honey you just have to find some money for that poor cat. hes dying. borrow it from someone and pay it back just do something quickly!!!!!!!!
Answered By: KristMasTime - 12/26/2008
 
Hi - I'm sorry he sounds so sick. It does sound like you do really love him - you really have to find a vet that will let you be billed. I won't lecture on how you really should have to be able to afford your cats - the most pressing issue now is getting him some help. I don't know alot medically about cats, but... More
Answered By: iam - 12/26/2008
 
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