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QUESTION: Our rescue main coon has been loosing hair. I thought it was fleas and so did our vet, but after frontline this time, she became worse and seems sicker and loosing weight slightly.  She looks thin all over her body.

I've tried apple cider vinegar which I heard will get rid of fungus and appeared to help just slightly, also vitamins that stop hair from falling out  only used now about 3 times.

Just need a suggestion, she looks terrible.  I don't see excessive grooming and no ring type formations, what is this and are foods now toxic that they sell in the stores?  I also just had a friend have a litter of golden retriever puppies and she said two were born one without a shoulder (put down), and one that died before birth and only four pups.  Usually her past goldens have had litters of 10 -13.  Is it possible that since online we're seeing decreased litters, more skin problems in animals that the foods we are using are not good for them?  Just want Raisin the cat to feel better.  She's just a little over 1 years old.  She came last December.  Oh, another cat was just dropped and we bottle fed one this year that was left in the road.  Both of them are very healthy and doing well.

ANSWER: Marianne

I am not a vet, but there are a number of possibilities as to why she is over grooming. First of all how old is she?  How long have you had her?

Is she spayed? If she is not spayed, you probably should have her spayed, in case the issue is hormonal.

I am not a vet, but it could be a food allergy.  The first thing I would do is to not use any food wheat, corn, soy, or gluten! Cats are obligate carnivores and cannot use plant protein at all, so these grains are not going to add any protein to what they are being fed.

Pet super markets now carry a number of premium foods which do not have these products.

Another possibility may be a behavioral issue.  Are there any other pets in the house? Are there any young children in the household? If she is not used to being around other pets or young children, she might over groom.

As you can see this may take some detective work top get to the bottom of the issue.

Please let me know how she is doing.

Best regards... Norm.

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QUESTION: I do see her grooming, but it  seem excessive.  She almost looks like it's thinning over her body, a bit more.  This happened once, then went away.  We thought it was fleas.  

First time went away it appeared with the flea medicine, this time it's worse.  She is going this week to be spayed.  She almost acts like she is hypersensitive to everything.  Not a very mellow cat.  Very easily afraid of things.  Almost appeared to me like her eyes were very buggy and I wondered about thyroid?  Not sure of anything, she will be going to a vet in about a week for her fix.

and thank you for your help.

ANSWER: Marianne,

Please let me know what the vet finds.  Remember, it takes a few of weeks after spaying for the hormones to dissipate, so the behavior may continue. I would still consider a food allergy and, to be safe, try to change your feeding.  BTW, what do you feed?

Best regards... Norm.

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QUESTION: Thanks Norm,  I appreciate your answer and I feed her just food from the grocery purina kitten chow just recent, because trying to find an answer.  Sheba pure' turkey.  That's what we found to lessen the stuff, but maybe not the purina, seems to make it worse.  My dogs are on Flint River Ranch potato and duck


Look at Taste of the Wild or Holistic Select dry or wet. These do not have corn, wheat, soy, or gluten.  Also, try to stay away from beef.

There may be other perfectly fine foods, but you will have to check the ingredients.

Best regards... Norm.


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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.


I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.

Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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