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Hello My cat is 19 years old. Problem with teeth but I keep

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Hello: My cat is 19 years old. Problem with teeth but I keep her going on Gerbers baby food (meat) and just any cat food for kittens that she will eat. Problem now is fur. It's matting. I work at it every day, but she's short tempered about it. Dry scales in the mats. Obviously can't groom herself and right now that's better than problems with upchucking fur balls. Fur seems to mat overnight. Is there some vitamin, oil, or something she needs to digest that might help?
Thanks for any advice. MJHill
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 7 years ago.


I am sorry to hear about this concern.

I hate to say it, but the easiest solution to really help would be getting her professional groomed and having a lion trim performed. Shave down the coat will help greatly with the hairballs as well. Please, do not attempt to shave her at home.

Also, I am a huge fan of essential fatty acid supplements.



I prefer the veterinary products, which are already dosed for pets. Your vet

should carry a product on their shelf, or over-the-internet you can look for Aller G3, 3V caps, EFA-z, or Derm caps.


Also, here's a great supplement to help with hair balls. The link is only one example, you can buy at lots of places.


Lastly, at this age, definitely consider a basic blood profile(with a thyroid level) for an overall health assessment. Also, there may be some source of dental disease or systemic (internal) problem causing the appetite issues. The vet can also prescribe appetite stimulants.




Good Luck

Dr. Andy

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