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I have a ex breeding maine coon female aged 3 years. I got

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I have a ex breeding maine coon female aged 3 years. I got her from a breeder who didn't require her anymore. She had already had 2 litters at 17 months old. She's recently been to the vets and has some bottom teeth missing. Could this be due to breeding and the kittens taking it out of her. She came to me very thin and her coat was a mess, she has gained a little weight but I can't seem to get her to gain anymore. Any suggestions? She also sometimes vomits after food. I think this maybe if there is too much going on around her.
Thanks x
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.
Hello, and welcome!
My name is ***** ***** it will be my pleasure to help you and Maisie today.
I'm so sorry she's having these problems. Unfortunately, it sounds like she wasn't taken very good care of, at her former home and two litters in 17 months is quite taxing on her body. Her teeth may be loose because she was losing calcium and nutrients when she nursed her kittens and wasn't being fed the correct kind of food for lactating Queens.
She might require to be on a high calorie food that will help her gain weight, and she also might benefit from some feline vitamins. Discuss this with your vet; there is a 'recovery' food for ill cats or those who have surgery made by Hills, called a/d; it's sold at the vet's office, usually. Here is more information written by a feline veterinarian:
http://catinfo.org/
If she is a skittish cat, I'm glad that you feed her in the early morning peace and quiet with your other cats, so this will benefit her. She may feel anxious and stressed all the time and this can contribute to her not feeling as hungry or not wanting to eat. She may have had to fight for food with other cats, at her former home.
If she's throwing up after eating, this may be caused by stress, or she could also have acid reflux or excess stomach acid. To help with that, you could give 1/4 tablet of 10mg. Pepcid AC (famotidine) to her once a day and she if this helps. Here is more information:
http://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/library/over-the-counter/famotidine-pepcid
Also, to help her feel less nervous, try some Feliway plug ins or a calming pheromone collar:
http://www.feliway.com/uk
http://www.petco.com/product/109457/Sentry-Calming-Collar-for-Cats.aspx
Check with your vet about some nutritional supplements that would be appropriate for Maisie and help get her back on the road to wellness.
I hope all will be well with your furry girl!
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Cher