My cat is slowly losing weight – what can I do to help him?

Question: 

A month ago my 7 year old neutered male cat came home after havin been missing a few days with the skin injured on his chin. Since then he has been losing weight slowly, even though he eats three times a day. He also has a half inch red area at both corners of his mouth. Otherwise he seems fine. I would rather not take him to the vet. What can I do to help him?

Answer: 

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, it is difficult to say without examining your cat if the healed chin wound and the few days he was missing last month are somehow related to his current progressive weight loss and the red areas at the corners of his mouth. A full physical exam including a thorough evaluation of his mouth and throat would be needed to look for any physical problems that could be leading to the weight loss. Sometimes, blood work or other tests are also needed to fully evaluate the body as there are many possible causes for weight loss. Your cat needs to see a veterinarian. Perhaps you can ask a friend or a local rescue group for a recommendation for a veterinary practice for your cat’s care.