General Health

A guide to understanding your cat's complex issues.

By Elaine Wexler-Mitchell, D.V.M.

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Judging from the questions I receive from Cat Fancy readers, the following conditions are more likely to affect your cat and to prompt you to seek additional information.

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Meagan    International

4/16/2015 12:26:32 AM

My 12 year old cat, Ojo, recently had fleas. We tried hard to get rid of them. For a while there we didn't think they would go away. Ojo would take 2 steps and have an itch. The fleas were also biting my dad and me, but bathing Ojo constantly, using flea treatments, lots of vacuuming, and bombing every room in the house finally took Care of our flea issue. I believe the bathing, fleas, and stress on him has caused him to have dry, itchy skin. It's Almost as if he still has the fleas, but we check his fur regularly, and we Haven't seen or gotten bit by any around the house. He is also an inside cat, but sneaks outside every once in a while, and he doesnt stay outside for very long. His front claws are gone, but his back nails are still there and you can hear him itching and licking himself from across the room. He is leaving scabs on his head, back, and rear. It has been about 1 1/2 to 2 months that we Haven't had any bugs. My dad still baths him maybe 3 times a month, but using shampoo Every other time. My aunt is very organic and she used to work with animals and she gave my dad and me some tea tree oil To rub around his scabs and to help moisten his skin just a little to stop him from scratching. She said since it's a natural oil, it would not hurt him if he licked himself and ingested it. It doesn't seem to be helping him much other than making his fur oily and him not wanting to lick himself. Please tell me that there is some affordable (money is tight) cream, lotion, oil, or ANYTHING that can help my poor, dry cat! I don't think I can sit and watch him hurt himself any longer!!

gary    moses lake, WA

10/19/2013 9:23:23 AM

my vet has recently changed to money up front treatment, no credit. this policy has resulted in 3 bacterial infected deaths in my household,treatment 2 week shot is this right. I have always paid my bills.this policy is for everyone.

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

9/18/2012 3:01:47 AM

good article ,thank you

Cindy    Ellwood City,, PA

1/30/2012 3:09:13 PM

I have personally noticed that many kitties are suffering from upper respiratory aliments this past year. My Tina had a touch last February and Magellan never got it. So I was told by several vets that 250mg of Lysine per day would help the immune system and therefore prevent upper respiratory problems. So I am searching for any and all details and comments on this subject. My own observations are that Purina One, BG before grain and Blue dry cat foods have L-Lysine in their ingredients but not the canned foods which is what Tina eats mostly because she only has two teeth. I am planning to purchase L-Lysine tomorrow and give 250 mg. to each of the cats I feed to see if this does help. Your advice and comments are appreciated as well as any warnings or links for research. Thank you.

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