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coat changed, should i be worried?

post #1 of 13
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Since yesterday I noticed that Nana's coat has changed, it's not looking as sleeky and doesn't feel as soft. Also I noticed that more fur seems to fell off, like if I run my hands from her head to tail along the spine for a few times i could visually see some furs fell off. It has not happened like that before. Nana is 9 months old domestic short hair.

Other than that, she seems perfectly normal, she's eating normally (maybe a bit more than usual), sleeping normal, litter box habbit is normal.

I do notice the heat to be a little bit warmer in the house these 2 days, could thsi be the reason for her loosing more furs? or should i be worried becuz of her coat change?
post #2 of 13
Great observation, you're obviously very attentive to your kitty! Have you tried brushing Nana regularly? My girls have a daily grooming routine when they're brushed and then reward with a treat. I feel any change from your kitty's usual in appearance or behavior warrants a trip to the Vet to determine if there is an underlying health issue.
post #3 of 13
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we do brush her regularly. either daily or every other day.
she doens't like it tho...but i usually do it when she's sleepy or in a good mood...so it doesn't bother her as much. i hope she'll like it bettter eventually.

i think i'll continue to watch her for a bit..if her coat doesn't go back to the sleeky and soft state until weekend i'll bring her to the vet.. i'm very busy this week and going to the vet is expensive but i'll continue to watch her eating / drinking / litter box habbit closely..if another goes abnormal i'll bring her in right away.
post #4 of 13
Is she eating a good quality food?
Supplementing with a good non-rancid essential fatty acid would be the very first thing I would do if I had skin or coat issues.
post #5 of 13
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yes she's having Wellness Cans, sometimes eagle pack dry. but mainly on cans.

and I just got her a water fountain and she's been drinking water well too.
post #6 of 13
I don't mean to scare you, because this is highly unlikely, but the first thing that changed in my kitten whom I lost to FeLV was her coat. I'd take Nana in, just to be safe, although coat issues tend to be stress/diet/weather related the majority of the time. Unfortunately, it could also mean something as serious as an auto-immune disorder, and if this is all that's wrong now and it turns out to be serious, you've caught it quite early and it will be treatable.

Like I said, didn't mean to scare you, but I always go by the "better safe than sorry" rule.
post #7 of 13
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the reason i'm hestitating to take her in is because i've just spend $350 for a thorough health checkup on her about 2 weeks ago, that includes regular checkup, blood test, feacal test, FIV, FeLV test and vaccination. everything come back normal. $350 is a lot of money for me....and i'm broke now.

and i do monitor her eating / litter box habbit VERY carefully, like i have a chart to record how much she eats, drinks, how many times she went poopping.how many clumps i found in her litter box...sizes of the clumps...etc and everything is normal. ..

i think i'll keep an eye on her for now...if it doesn't get better over the weekend i'll bring her to the vet for sure.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by hareting
the reason i'm hestitating to take her in is because i've just spend $350 for a thorough health checkup on her about 2 weeks ago, that includes regular checkup, blood test, feacal test, FIV, FeLV test and vaccination. everything come back normal. $350 is a lot of money for me....and i'm broke now.

and i do monitor her eating / litter box habbit VERY carefully, like i have a chart to record how much she eats, drinks, how many times she went poopping.how many clumps i found in her litter box...sizes of the clumps...etc and everything is normal. ..

i think i'll keep an eye on her for now...if it doesn't get better over the weekend i'll bring her to the vet for sure.
In the mean time, you could try a Feliway Diffuser and maybe some cod liver oil?
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
oh what does cod liver oil suppose to do? do i add it to her food?
post #10 of 13
yes you add it to the food.. i like salmon oil or olive over cod but I am weird..lol
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by sharky
yes you add it to the food.. i like salmon oil or olive over cod but I am weird..lol
do i need special ones that is only for cats? or do i go to health stores and get human ones???
i'll be nice if the human ones r good, so i can take some myself too,
post #12 of 13
She could be just shedding. It sounds like her health care has been very thorough! If, after all that, the vet said she is healthy then I wouldn't worry too much. If you begin to notice hairless patches or thinning hair (where the undercoat has all fallen out) then a vet visit is definatley in order.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by hareting
do i need special ones that is only for cats? or do i go to health stores and get human ones???
i'll be nice if the human ones r good, so i can take some myself too,
Human is good but if you get the cod liver make sure it aint the fruity flavored kind..lol
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