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My cat has oily fur and flaky skin on her back. I have tried

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My cat has oily fur and flaky skin on her back. I have tried different food, thinking it could be an allergy, but the problem persists. She doesn't seem to be scratching. I have not tried to bathe her or use any skin treatment. Can you recommend anything?

Hi Terry,

 

How old is she?

 

What does she eat?

 

How long does she have this?

 

Thanks

 

Terri

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
She is 17. She has had this problem for about 4 years. Currently she eats Purina One Chicken & Rice dry food and canned (usually poultry or beef Fancy Feast). I have tried changing her dry food to different high quality brands. She seemed to improve one one of them....for awhile, but the oily fur and flaky skin came back. I also give her Epikitin for renal insufficiency.

Dear XXXXX,

 

I am sorry your senior girl has this trouble.

 

Oily fur is usually caused by hyperthyroid. The pores secrete a sticky substance that the cat cannot groom off.

 

Here is a link for more information for hyperthyroidism in cats.
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&C=&A=1197&SourceID=

 

http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/hyperthyroidism.html

The problem is that this disorder can lead to your baby developing diabetes, high blood pressure and other ailments.

We do have excellent meds for this but is is necessary to do a T4 thyroid blood test.Any other thyroid test can be inaccurate.

It can also be related to renal issues especially if there is excess shedding because the hair becomes very dry.

Stress weakens the immune system and can lead to illness.Dental disease also depresses immunity and sends bacteria into the organs.

 

Canned food is best for her.PLEASE READ:

http://www.catinfo.org/

 

http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/catformulas/allergy.html

These brands below, are well-recommended and contain nothing artificial, plus, contain meat as the first, or within the first three ingredients:

Wellness (http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/

Felidae (http://www.canidae.com/

Innova (http://www.naturapet.com/display.php?d=inn-home

Newman's Own Organics (http://www.newmansownorganics.com/pet/home/

Natural Balance (http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/catformulas/NB_CatCanned.html

 

If she needs a renal diet feed Royal canin:

 

http://www.felinecrf.org/tinned_food.htm

 

Two supplements that are very useful in the management of cats with kidney disease are Azodyl and Epakitin. These products help the body to eliminate waste products more efficiently, when the kidneys aren't working well. They are manufactured by Vetoquinol, and can be ordered by your veterinarian.

 

 

Any dry food should be grain free:

 


High Protein/Low-carbohydrate (no grain) food data sheet

Canned food: Before Grain (not meant for exclusive feeding)
Blue Buffalo Wilderness
Evanger's
Innova Evo
Instinct
Newman's Own Grain Free
Pinnacle
Wellness Core
Wellness Grain Free
Weruva
Best Feline Friend

Dry food: Taste of the Wild
Before Grain
Indigo Moon
Instinct
Wellness Core
Orijen
Pinnacle
&nb sp; Blue Buffalo Wilderness
Innova Evo

*canned food ranges from 30-40 calories/oz with little variation between brands.

* dry food varies widely in calories and is ranked lowest to highest above

**Most cats need about 200calories/24 hours. This is about 1 tuna sized can per day per cat. To figure 200 calories of dry food, check the bag for calorie content/cup or contact the company

 

I can give you several recipes that were formulated by Hills and distributed to vets berfore Science diet was on the market. Royal canin makes a very palatable renal food as well.

C/D or H/D recipe - feline (also known as Feline Restricted Mineral and Sodium Diet):
1 lb regular ground beef, cooked
1/4 lb liver (beef, chicken or pork only) cooked
1 cup cooked white rice without salt
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 t (5g) calcium carbonate (Tums)
1/8 teaspoon potassium chloride (salt substitute)

Also add a balanced supplement which fulfills the feline minimum daily requirements (MDR) for all vitamins and trace minerals, and 250 mg of taurine per day. This would be available from a veterinary clinic.

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Keep covered in refrigerator. Yield: 1+3/4lbs

Feeding Guide - feed sufficient to maintain normal body weight

Body wt Approx Daily Feeding
5lb 1/5lb
7-8lb 1/4lb
10lb 1/3lb

 

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K/D recipe - feline

(also known as Feline Restricted Protein Diet):

1/4 lb liver (beef, chicken or pork only)

2 cups cooked white rice without salt

2 large hard-cooked eggs

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 t (5g) calcium carbonate (Tums)

1/8 teaspoon potassium chloride (salt substitute)

 

Also add a balanced supplement which fulfills the feline minimum daily requirements (MDR) for all vitamins and trace minerals, and 250 mg of taurine per day. This would be available from a veterinary clinic.

 

Dice and braise the meat, retaining fat. Combine all ingredients and mix well. This mixture is somewhat dry and its palatability can be improved by adding a little water (not milk). Keep covered in refrigerator. Yield: 1+1/4lbs

 

Feeding Guide - feed sufficient to maintain normal body weight

Body wt Approx Daily Feeding

5lb 1/4lb

7-8lb 1/3lb

10lb 2/5lb

 

Cats with only 25% of kidney function can do fine via SubQ fluids which can even be administered at home:

http://www.felinecrf.com/managh.htm

Here is info on CRF and FUS

http://cats.about.com/cs/healthissues/p/CRF.htm

http://www.hdw-inc.com/healthfus.htm

http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/renal.html

 

 

 

Please let me know how she is doing.I will always be here for you.I hope all will be well.

 

 

Best wishes for her,

Terri

 

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