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Abingdon Veterinary Surgery
The Vineyard,
OX14 3NR
T. (01235) 524 777
E. abingdonhospital@abivale.com

Pudding the Hungry Cat - Part 1

Posted: 10th April 2018

Pudding is a beautiful female domestic shorthair cat that belongs to one of our staff members. Like so many of the animals, Pudding came to her owner by chance when she was handed in to a vet clinic in Northampton as a stray. Unfortunately, she didn’t have a collar or microchip, and after extensive advertising, her owner was not able to be located. And so, the call was put out to friends and family of the vet clinic for anyone who may have had room for this little girl - and that is how Pudding came to live in Abingdon.

Pudding had always been very fond of food. In fact, when she was first adopted she carried a bit of excess weight and her belly jiggled like her namesake! It took 12 months, but with a strict diet and increased activity, Pudding reached her goal weight and the jiggle was gone.

A month ago, Pudding visited us for her 6-month health check. Her mum noted she had been her usual bright and cuddly self but was concerned she had lost a little bit of weight, but her appetite had still been good, possibly even better than normal but it was difficult to know as she had always been a food-loving feline. Dr. Claire checked her over and confirmed that Pudding had lost some weight and was now slightly underweight! She would need a dental soon, but more concerning was that Dr. Claire could feel a small lump on the side of her neck.

Knowing that Pudding was a middle-aged cat that had lost some weight but had a good (possibly increased) appetite, with a small lump on her neck, a full blood panel was recommended to check her internal organ function as well as her thyroid function. Blood tests are a minimally invasive method of getting a great deal of information about their internal organs and is often the only means of detecting diseases in their early stages when treatment can be more effective.

Blood samples are quick with minimal discomfort (we use the same size needle as the vaccination injection) and cause minimal stress for the majority of our patients. With a little bit of fuss from our lovely nurses, most patients don’t even notice the needle!

A couple of hours later we had Pudding’s blood results back and it confirmed that Pudding was hyperthyroid.

Now we know what was causing the increased appetite and weight loss but now what?

See our next installment to follow Pudding’s journey and to find out more about feline hyperthyroidism.

Pudding the Hungry Cat - Part 1

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