473796 tn?1238293442

Something Wrong With My Cat...Someone Help Me!!!!

My boyfriend's cat is a 3.5 years old male.

normaly he weighed around 11-13 pounds, was mostly an outdoor cat(only came in to eat or to get a warm up), he usually fights with other cats and hes usually gone for a long period of time.

But now in the last week, he lost close to 5 pounds, he stays in for hours and when you puts him outside he stays on the step(which is not normal). he hardly eats now. also you can feel his backbone and ribs alot..

could this be caused by fighting with other cats?

could this be the worms?

my father-in-law thinks that he might have drank some antifreeze in a puddle or something(because he was seen at a scrap yard a little while before this all happened)

do you think antifreeze could do this?

i would go to a vet but its close to a 3 hour drive and i dont have any transportation right now!! so i was wouldering if i could get some advice!!!

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242912 tn?1660619837
I'm so very sorry to hear this.  
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473796 tn?1238293442
im sorry to say but he passed away an hour after i posted this. thank you all for trying to help.. you are all highly appreciated..
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228686 tn?1211554707
If you're cat drank antifreeze it would likely be dead within 48 hours (highly toxic!). Try an OTC dewormer. But remember, their are many parasites they won't work on... so follow the advice of the others and prepare for a 3 hour drive.

Take plenty of good Cd's for listening. Perhaps the soundtrack to "Les Miserables". It's a three hour play, just about puuurrrfect. :-)
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If this cat is still alive it is not poisoning. It would be either a realing bad case of internal parasites or a feline virus like aids, leukemia or fip. This cat needs medical attention. If its a feline virus he is contagoius to all cats he comes into contact with. Save this cat get him treated, neutered, vacinated and bring him indoors. He needs a better life than your giving him right now.
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541150 tn?1306033843
Has that cat been vaccinated?

If/when you take him to the vet, the doc will probably want to perform blood work. Sometimes you do not get an answer as to why the cat is losing weight so rapidly, but some people find out it is just a phase in their outdoor lives. Food usually helps with that. Other owners may find their outdoor kitties are borderline diabetic or have thyroid problems. Being outside can help burn tons of calories, and lose weight, especially when they're fighting for a female in heat. During that time they lose a lot of weight, and I mean a lot!  

So, it could be serious, or it could be not so serious. You may or may not get an answer, but you do want to give it a try.

Good Luck.
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436973 tn?1217947089
I'd like to 2nd all of what zodiacqueen had to say.  Get this boy to a vet asap and when he's healthy enough get him neutered.  It will keep him from fighting, cut down on the chances of him getting a disease or infection, keep him home more, make him friendlier, and prevent him to contribute to the tragedy of kitty overpopulation.
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587315 tn?1333552783
This sounds very serious, and possibly life-threatening!  This cat NEEDS a vet ASAP, losing 5 lbs in a week is very bad.  That much weight loss in a week can be caused by many things-to name just a few-severe infection, kidney problems, poisoning, cancer, etc.  And, if you do a yahoo/google search on weight loss in cats, you'll see a whole lot more.  This is such a serious problem that there is nothing you can do at home that will cure him.  You should do everything in your power to keep him inside and force feed him water and food.  You can find info on how to do this in the health pages located on this page at the top right.  It's above recent activity.

If you want to prevent him from fighting with other cats, please get him neutered if you haven't already.
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