Hi, there, folks! I have been keeping my sister's 2 kitties, Murphy (10) and Zoe (8) since my she moved into a no-cats apartment last summer. They were grounded from my first floor after they wouldn't stop mutilating my furniture and became basement/outdoor kitties. They have been fine up until about a month ago when they stopped coming inside for food. I assume they were bumming off of the neighbors so I locked them inside for a few weeks to get them used to the area again. I noticed they were thinner and kinda meager looking so I wormed them and sprayed them with Frontine for fleas just for good measure (Zoe had bald spots, which she gets from a flea allergy most of the time). They have started eating better and acting normally, but they are still really thin. I don't know what's up. Zoe has always been a fatty and now she's just so awfully skinny. It will be 14 days tomorrow since I wormed them, so I think I'll give them their follow-up dose in case it's just that bad of an infestation, but after that I don't know what else to do. If anyone has any suggestions, please share! Thanks so much!
My family is the proud owner of a Newfie and currently her beautiful babies, who are half Boxer, and 2 rescue kitties.
Our momma cat who adopted us last summer has been primarily living outside since the end of winter. She hates being indoors and will run anytime we try to catch her. I had fattened her up real good for the winter since even with snow on the ground she preferred to be outdoors during the day. Since the warmer weather I have noticed she has lost a tremendous amount of weight also. I think most outdoor cats do lose weight because they are much mroe active outdoors than in. They are not as sedentary so they burn way more calories than our indoor kitties do. Since it is both of them that have lost weight and not just one, I wouldn't think there was a medical issue that is contributing to the weight loss. It certainly wouldn't hurt to have them checked out to be on the safe side. Worming without knowing what it is you are worming for could be a fruitless endeavor on your part. They may not even have worms and if they do they may have something your wormer doesn't cover. At least have a stool sample checked to see if that is the case. Canned food may help fatten them up as well a a diet of GOOD food versus crappy food you'd get at a walmart or supermarket.