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My 18-year old suddenly has an overabundance of fur that

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My 18-year old suddenly has an overabundance of fur that needs to be brushed off, and also very bad dandruff. I've also noticed a few scabs on her skin. In addition, she doesn't use the litter boxes we keep out for her about 50% of the time.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Hello Beth,

I am sorry your girl has this trouble.

Can you please tell me what foods she eats?

How long is she soiling out of box?

After your reply please give me a few minutes to type detailed answer or if you prefer we can speak on the phone.

Thanks,

Terri

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She eats Blue Buffalo for senior cats.She's been going outside the box for more than a year. Today was the first time I've seen urination outside the box. She also sometimes throws up.No known health issues that we know of and no medication.Thanks,
Beth
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Dear Beth,

Thanks so much for your very helpful reply.

The symptoms you, describe: shedding, dandruff, scabs, vomiting, hairballs and peeing out of box can all be caused a dry diet or lack of fluid an oil in the skin and fur.

Please read article written by a feline vet:

www.catinfo.org

Feed her canned food with a tablespoon of warm water added.

Drain the water from a can of tuna and let her lap it up 3 times a week to up her fluids

The scabs are called miliary dermatitis:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miliary_dermatitis

You can apply raw honey to any sore or irritated areas. It is a remarkable healing agent:

http://winterparkhoney.ecrater.com/p/4865201/16-oz-melaleuca-honey-raw-unheated

http://oramanukahoney.com.au/animal_care.html

In addition, add one quarter of a 4 mg chlortrimeten to a tablespoon of baby food chicken or turkey with no onion or garlic.

http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/chlorpheniramine-maleate-chlor-trimeton/page1.aspx

Give it every 24 hours. It is very tiny so she will not detect it

Add salmon oil to her food. It has a little pump so easy to do:
http://www.petco.com/product/109074/Wild-Alaskan-Salmon-Oil-Cat-Food-Supplement.aspx

You can give her 3 drops of cranberry juice every day (by dropper) in case she has cystitis:

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_interstitial_cystitis.html

I know she has not been seen by a vet in a while. She should be tested for ailments common to her age.

They are: hyperthyroid, diabetes, renal disease.

Use a mobile vet so she does not need to travel or be expose to other (potentially sick) animals.

Please let me know how she is doing. Just press reply and I will be here for you.

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Bless you for taking such amazing care of her!

Terri