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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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Our sometimes outdoor cat has horrible problems with her

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Our sometimes outdoor cat has horrible problems with her coat. It has formed large, hard clumps as if she was rolling in glue! Unfortunately, our indoor cat now has the same problem. This is beginning to look like a disorder. What could it be?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Meryl, in most cases this isn't a medical but, instead, lack of grooming problem most often seen in long-haired cats, of course. As my outdoor cats aged they spent less and less time grooming themselves perhaps because they weren't as agile as when much younger and I had to sedate and shave away those clumps of hair (mats) under which the skin can become quite unhealthy. Thankfully, once the mats are removed - which often leaves quite bare skin - the skin normalizes and hair regrows only to mat once again. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Reassuring and competently written. Thanks for the advice!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Thank you for your kind words. You're welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.