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my 16 yrold DSH female, once obese, lazy and very timid, has lost weight, gotten quite courageous and active?

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June 16, 2019 / By Alexandrea
Question: She was once a curmudgeonly sofa pillow that ate all day and shied away from all doors... In the last 6 months, she's trimmed down by half, begs to be let outside, and is catching mice/birds... it's like having the young, saucy little huntress back that she briefly used to be... instead of the grouchy old fart she was for the last 13 years. she still has arthritis, poor vision, no teeth, and no claws... I love it, but it's so weird having this fierce little old beast stalking around - gumming her victims to death - where once all she wanted was to be brushed and fed. is this normal for older cats? She was once a curmudgeonly sofa pillow that ate all day and shied away from all doors... In the last 6 months, she's trimmed down by half, begs to be let outside, and is catching mice/birds... it's like having the young, saucy little huntress back that she briefly used to be... instead of the grouchy old fart she was for the last 13 years. she still has arthritis, poor vision, no teeth, and no claws... I love it, but it's so weird having this fierce little old beast stalking around - gumming her victims to death - where once all she wanted was to be brushed and fed. is this normal for older cats? (she eats less Science Diet now because she needed her teeth pulled - she has to lick up the individual portions of soft food we serve up at mealtime and no longer has access to "all-you-can-eat" from the bucket of dry pellets) (eats soft food because all but one top fang was pulled when her DRL was treated.... so I don't think it's thyroid... but thx.... ) also now LOVES getting a drink from the dripping tub. never used to go near it. just a general lack of timidity, more playfulness maybe it's from not having multiple acute toothaches anymore... it's like having a whole new fun cat - that just drools all the time.
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Ty Ty | 1 day ago
Your story is so hilarious, but can get sad - get your crazy girl checked at the vet; weight loss may be a symptom of thyroid problem, kidney disease, or cancer among other things, so she may need meds. It sounds most like thyroid, as when they lose weight from an overactive thyroid, they may also become hyperactive. Its cute now, but if untreated, it will continue to worsen until shes a manic bag of bones. See the vet - meds aren't too expensive, one of my old cats has this & takes methamizole which costs about $20 for a month supply of 1 pill daily. There are also radiation &surgical options, but most folks opt for the meds. (Untreated thyroid condition will eventually kill her.)
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Ty Originally Answered: How to stay Active through Out the Day. I am very Lazy person. Feels tired Every Time. Read on & Revert Please
Have you been tested for Iron deficiency anemia, or hypothyroidism which might account for the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.? Don't laugh ! It's not only a woman's problem. Esp if you have been physically active before and now constantly feel tired. Get some motivation. Are you depressed? You might not be getting quality sleep; that's why you're still tired and fatigued even after 7- 8 hrs of sleep. Develop a habit of going to bed at the same time and at regular times. Try meditation and yoga. Maybe; you have achieved a lot of your goals in life and now don't feel that you have to struggle any further. Do not go to bed overly exhausted. Avoid limiting stimulating activities before bedtime. Avoid caffeine such as soda; alcohol and coffee whose caffeine will make you hyper. Thus unable to sleep. Don't you have a wife or love interest? Develop a hobby or interest in some project. Get involved in your community or at the job place. Avoid stress and anxiety. Try to maintain a regular bedtime routine. Use an alarm clock either with music or alarm to wake up to initially. . Once this habit is formed or established; you won't be needing that alarm clock anymore. to wake up in the morning. Are you overweight? Obesity can cause sleep apnea and feelings of laziness and fatigue. If so, lose the weight. You'll feel much better and your energy level will improved as weell as all those aches and pains associated with carrying that extra weight around. Try to do regular exercises. Correct your diet. A diet high in sweets; processed foods and the like and carbohydrates tend to cause hyperinsulinism and fatigue. Aside from taking vitamins and minerals and improving your diet; you should watch your potassium level. Low potassium can lead to fatigue and low energy levels . The following foods are rich in potassium: bananas, oranges, apricots, dates, potatoes. Foods rich in iron and folic acid will boost your energy: liver, eggs, chicken, beans, peas; fish. Green and leafy vegeatables such as spinach and brussel sprouts are well known .Lentil, yams, nuts, sesame; pumpkin seeds and broccoli are another. I read somewhere where a physician discovered that by incorporating foods rich in zinc, copper and magnesium in his diet, he greatly solved the problem of being tired all the time. Aside from such vitamins, we need these minerals to balance out for adequate nutritional benefits to boost our immune system. He also discovered that too much iron in a man is no good. So he tries to donate some blood every month; (women have their monthly menstrual cycle. Apparently, this is a safeguard mechanism why women tend to have longer lifespan than men.) There might be some truth to that. So it doesn't hurt to try! Good Luck! I hope your problem will be solved soon.

Rick Rick
I love this story too-and well said! No it doesn't sound normal but it DOES sound like a blessing. And good advice above-a vet visit couldn't hurt about the weight loss, sounds like there's some experience with this there. Could also be that the wet food you're feeding has better-quality ingredients than the dry (have you done a lot of food research since the recall? I sure have), and lots of vets and cat-lovers are wet-food converts for the reasons you listed. She could just be feeling better than ever. Kinda like the 50-yr-old woman who cuts out red meat and sugar and starts taking yoga. You are what you eat after all! I would love to see a 1-tooth cat gnaw at her catch. Really cool! Enjoy all the time you have left with her :-)
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Merit Merit
Dimentia and hyperthyroidism is normal in older cats, sounds to me like she has developed one or both. If she's eating the same amount or more than she used to and still losing weight, I'd bet a stack of money on hyperthyroid. It's treatable, if she continues to lose weight I'd have her looked at or she could starve to death.
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Jonny Jonny
LOL your story cracked me up... just thinking about an old cat with no teeth being all vicious cute but way funny. as long as your cat is happy dont worry about it let her live the rest of her life happy your lucky she lived this long!
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Hall Hall
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Hall Originally Answered: Is 168-170 lbs over weight or obese for a female , 15 , 5'3 ? please answer?
If you are 5'3". 15 and weigh in at 168-170, then yes, you are obese. I ran the US Center for Disease Control (cdc.gov) BMI calculator based on the figure of 168 you gave. According to that website, your BMI (Body Mass Index) is 29.8, placing you in the obese category. This also means that you are setting yourself up for health problems in the future, if you do not take step to lose weight. The CDC recommends that you see a health care provider for help in setting up a healthy weight loss and exercise plan. As for exercise, I urge you to start slowly - don't try to run a mile your first day. Start out walking. If you have the ability to walk someplace rather than ride or taking the bus - walk. Take the stairs instead of elevator/escalator. You could also start some light weight lifting - I would not go more than 3-5 pounds at this point. As for diet, cut back on carbs, reduce the fat in your diet (don't cut it out entirely) and increase your lean protein. Try taking low cal wraps for lunch rather than eating school foods. You can make a great wrap from a low carb tortilla, light mayo, lettuce, spinach, cooked tuna or chicken. Take sliced tomato in a small separate bag and add just before eating. Yummy, healthy and totally coolishly okay for a teen to eat.

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