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I have a 7-8 yr. old cat Who is usually playful. But, Last

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I have a 7-8 yr. old cat Who is usually playful. But, Last couple of days he has lost lumps of large hair, drinking not water not so much, food the same. So sad droopy, doesn't want to go out side. Today tip of tongue, was Hanging out of his closed mouth. Diana Brenneke
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 1 year ago.

Hello, this is Dr.KV. Welcome to JustAnswer. I am reviewing your question right now and will respond to you in just one moment...

Expert:  Katie Volat replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry to hear your kitty sounds like he is not feeling well. Does he seem itchy? Have you seen him grooming more than normal?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
all time
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 1 year ago.

Usually, losing clumps of hair and grooming excessively are signs of a flea problem. Have you seen any fleas or anything on his coat that looks like pepper? Has he had any flea treatment recently?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
look like pepper
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 1 year ago.

Ah, ok. Flea dirt or flea poop looks like pepper! He sounds like he has a flea allergy....some cats are very sensitive to flea saliva. The best thing to do for the problem is to apply a topical flea preventative made for cats. It will kill the live fleas and prevent new fleas from hatching and re-infesting your home. A couple good options are Cheristin (no prescrption required) and Revolution (prescription from your vet required). Some of the other over-the-counter flea treatments liike flea shampoo will work temporarily, but the live fleas can come back very quickly.

Expert:  Katie Volat replied 1 year ago.

It can take a couple weeks for some cats to feel less itchy, even when the fleas are gone. This is similar to humans getting bitten by mosquitos...we will still itch and scratch the bites even though we are not infested with mosquitos.

Vacuuming a couple times a week and washing all of your cat's bedding will also help with the infestation.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
what about the tongue should I worry
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 1 year ago.

He may have a dry mouth due to all the grooming. Is his tongue pink?

Expert:  Katie Volat replied 1 year ago.

If he is really itchy, and if you feel bumps or scabs along his back, some cats need a steroid shot from the vet to feel better. The vet can also check his mouth and teeth if you are concerned there may be another issue going on.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 1 year ago.

Some cats will start vomiting and produce more hairballs as a result of severe flea infestations. This could explain his tongue hanging out.