Q. My elderly cat has lost a lot of weight, her eyes are swollen and have discharge, and within the past hour her ear is red.
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.
A. Unfortunately you're describing some concerning symptoms. Depending on whether she's still eating normally the weight loss could be the sign of a number of diseases, from hyperthyroidism to diabetes to kidney disease. And it sounds like her eyes are painful, so she needs treatment for that. I recommend seeing your vet who can try to determine what's going on and help you make her more comfortable.