I adopted my cat, Annie, 3 years ago - she is a Tortie and is now 11 years old. She is an indoor cat. I have never known her to shed excessively but she has been for about the past 3 months. I think it has slowed down now. I zoom groom her twice a day. The thing is, she no longer has a ruff around her neck She still has fur, but it is way shorter than it used to be - no longer a ruff. There are no bald patches anywhere on her, and her tummy is as fluffy as it has always been and so are her pantaloons. Her top and sides look the same as before - it's just her neck that now looks skinny. She eats and drinks well - not the best of diets as I want her to eat mainly wet food and the only one she will touch is Fancy Feast (mainly Ocean Whitefish & Tuna, but to a lesser degree, chicken, and beef). She gets a selection of two or three dry foods, which keep changing - right now it is Healthwise and Purino One (doesn't particularly care for either - seems to like Hill Prescriptive K/D - which is NOT a good food so I would rather she didn't have it). I have tried a wide variety of premium wet foods, but she won't touch them - even after a month of mixing FF into them. She has lost weight, but I think a vet would be pleased (I like her a bit chubby, though). In July/Aug my daughter and her husband stayed with me for a month and Annie got used to a lot of attention. Since then she wants to play every waking hour - hardly naps at all, and little or no self-grooming . I have this wand thing for interactive play and all "my" relaxing time, starting with my first cuppa in the a.m. is spent waving this around so she can chase it. If I stop for too long, she will cry, paw and nip me until I give in. She goes to a corner of the room, then comes charging at the furry bit dangling on the end of the wand elastic. For the first three years I didn't really play with her, just gave her lots of companship, cuddles, and conversation. So all in all, don't know why she has been shedding so much - and why her neck hair is now short. Also, she doesn't seem to itch much. Anyone have any suggestions? N.B. She has never been a particularly pretty cat, and tbis hasn't done much for her looks. Love her to pieces, anyway!
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12/21/06 at 7:44pm