cat seems afraid to eat

by jean
(albany ny)

WE have been feeding and giving outdoor shelter to a cat for 3 years. This past month it seems afraid to eat, always looking around. I figured she got in a fight and is just scared. She use to eat if I sat next to her but still looks around like frighten, Now she will drink water or milk(very little) but when she takes a bite of dry food she runs away like someone just hit her. She is starting to get skinny and I will take her to the vet for an exam but can't afford a high vet bill for her(I have other animals who have run up quite a bill over the years). Any ideas what it could be? Please answer asap, I am afraid she will only get worse. Thank you. jean

Answer by Kate
Hi sorry to say it might be a thyroid problem, they are very common and makes the cats lose a lot of weight it can also make them a bit skittish as well which might explain her scared behavour. A blood test should confirm or not whether it is a problem or not, if it is then their is no other answer but vet treatment (sorry), if not ten at least you can put her behaviour down to her being generally scared of something, in which case the only answer is to try and make her eating environment feel more secure for her ie not out in the open but where she can see all around her easily.
Hope all goes well.

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