WVC 92nd Annual Conference
The skinny cat be a frustrating case to work up and manage as a veterinarian. Often these cats have some degree of inappetence or changes in appetite which can then lead to weight loss. Inappetence can be the first, and maybe the only sign, that a pet is ill. For owners, appetite can be a crucial element for perceived quality-of-life evaluation of their cat even though what is really critical is maintaining a healthy body weight and body condition.
In recent years more effective anti-emetics and inappetence medications have become available but identifying and treating weight loss and inappetence remain a challenge in veterinary medicine. This talk will review the causes and consequences of inappetence and will distinguish it from nausea and vomiting. It will also focus on the importance of maintaining a healthy body weight. We will review the new and current medications, along with my tips and tricks for preventing and treating inappetence and weight loss so we can get our feline patients healthy again. Case examples will be presented.