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my cat is a very handsome tuxedo semi-longhair. he had both sides and his tummy shaved for investigations into what turned out to be severe acute pancreatitis and severe inflammatory bowel disease. obviously his fur is the least of his problems but i am curious about the regrowth.

it's been around 5 months now and the 'black' regrowth is about an inch long. however it's grey and fuzzy like it's all underhair. i thought it was the guard hair that grew back first? (the white tummy regrowth isn't so obvious as it's just white).

will he get his soft silky luxurious black coat back eventually?

many thanks in advance.

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Pamela,

Barring any medical reason for sparse hair growth (this can include compulsive over grooming) I see no reason why your cat's coat shouldn't grow back nicely and be just as beautiful as before. As with humans some cats take longer to grow their fur back once it's been shaved or clipped short. If you are at all concerned about the way that your cat's coat is growing back or how long it's taking to grow back by all means please consult your veterinarian just to be sure that there isn't some sort of medical issue at play here.

Hopefully your little guy is feeling much better since his diagnosis. In my experience (my older male kitty has issues with pancreatitis and inflammatory bowel flare ups periodically) feeding your kitty a top quality canned food or homemade diet should help to alleviate his symptoms. I've found that offering several small meals each day as opposed to one large meal also helps because the kitty's body doesn't become quite as overwhelmed trying to process their meals and it's closer to how their meals would happen if they were wild (typically wild cats don't get one or two large meals, they graze throughout the day on several small meals of prey). Adding fiber to his diet in the form of pure canned pumpkin or even cooked butternut squash that you've pureed and added to canned food can also help his body to cope with the bowel related issues and ensure that his pancreas isn't overburdened trying to cope with excess amounts of fatty food. A point of interest about kitty kibble: It tends to be highly processed and fat is sprayed directly over the finished kibbles to add to palatability. Once we stopped feeding kibble as a regular staple our boy with bowel and pancreatic issues settled down dramatically.

Hopefully this information helps. If you would like I would certainly be interested to hear updates on your kitty's condition and how his coat is growing back. If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me again at any time - I'm more than happy to help in any way that I can.

Kind regards,

Ali

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I am the proud guardian of 5 mixed breed cats ranging from 12 weeks to 13 years old and one purebred ragdoll. I have 20+ years experience working with mixed breed cats from a variety of different situations. I have fostered cats/kittens with special needs/behavioral issues. I have rescued/rehabilitated/re-homed a variety of stray/abused cats. I can offer advice on managing feral cat colonies, rehabilitating strays and finding them forever homes. I can help you to determine whether a cat is stray or feral, there IS a significant difference. Improperly introducing a new cat/kitten can result in aggression between newly introduced cats because cats are territorial by nature and they don't like sudden changes in their environment. To learn more about a peaceful way to introduce a new cat into a home with other cats please check out my previous answers on this subject. Proper nutrition for cats can be confusing, I recommend checking out catinfo.org which was created by a veterinarian (Dr. Lisa Pierson) who takes a common sense approach to explaining feline nutrition. Cat behavior and instincts are different from those of humans, I can help you understand your cat's needs so that you can meet them adequately and have a balanced, psychologically and physically sound kitty. Cats vary in personality, energy level and intelligence, different approaches may be required to achieve results in terms of training and interaction with your feline companion. An intelligent, high energy cat must be kept busy or they will make their own fun. I am NOT a licensed veterinarian and I can't offer medical advice. If your cat is ill/injured my advice is always the same: get prompt medical treatment provided by a veterinarian. If finances are an issue I will try to find resources in your area that can help with medical costs or make other choices to ensure the welfare of your cat.

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I have fostered feral and stray cats, rehabilitated and homed cats that many people recommended euthanasia for. I am willing to make an effort to do the research and ask questions because I care enough to find solutions to behavioral problems rather than giving up. I have an interest in the use of alternative therapies to help provide the best possible care for all cats and I can say in all honesty that I've seen some incredible things happen for some incredible cats and their human caregivers when the right alternative therapeutic modality is used by a qualified veterinarian with expertise and experience in the field.

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I've earned my diploma as a veterinary assistant with honors.

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