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posted 08-22-2002 10:55 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I have a female maine coon cat. Took her to the vet about 6 month's ago because her breathing was different. He found nothing wrong except her skin was flaky. Now her coat is almost one solid mass of matts. I'm losing the battle of grooming her. When I was brushing her, a large area became bald on her side. Should I have blood work done?The special shampoo I got from the vet isn't doing anything for her. She is about 10 yrs. old

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posted 10-18-2002 12:19 PM           Edit/Delete Message
i have a maine coon cat also and she is loosing her fur i dont know what to do im sorry i cant help you any but my cat is about 6 or 7 actually im really not sure how old she is but i know she was full grown when i got her and i've had her for about 3 years now but if you find anything out please e-mail me at thanks

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posted 03-22-2003 07:15 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Hi we have just taken in a maine coon whose previous owner used to have him sedated regularly at the vets to have him shaved. He is in a real state with solid mats on sides and back. We have gently wrapped him in a thin sheet so he cannot scratch, and unwrapped just his back or side only to cut mats with a small pointed pair of nail scissors. this we slide between his skin and the mat. At first he fought like fury, and we would stop and talk to him and rock him gently to calm him. A few minuits were all we could do. He has got so used to us doing this while one of us strokes his head and talks to him, that he now lets us do it just on our knee with no cover over him at all. we are trying to find an oil or conditioner safe to use to help with grooming as he gets more growth and the nmats are removed.

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posted 04-16-2003 12:25 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I have himalayans and my male has a very coat that feels like cotton underneath. He gets extremely matted and the only help is to have him shaved. It takes about 6 months to grow back but once they are that matted it pulls on their skin and really hurts. Grooming is expensive and I'd advise you to shop around.

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From:seymour, IN, USA
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posted 04-16-2003 01:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carrie     Edit/Delete Message
I have to sound like a broken record when I say this, however, it is soooo important (and most pet owners just don't realize it) to work on your pet's diets! Commercial brand foods do NOT provide adequate nutrition leading to numerous illnesses and signs of malnutrition- one including flaky, dry skin and an unhealthy coat. Cats eat pure, raw meat in the wild- during the last 5o or so years our society has completely switched them over to dry, grain and a little bit of processed by-product after day, after day, after day. If all we ate was rice, we would show some subtle to serious signs of malnutrition as well. There are many great books on nutrition and raw, or partially raw food diets and plenty of info. on the web. I recently took in a cat that had been on a partially raw food diet his whole life and he easily convinced me to switch my other cats over as well- he is near 20 and in AMAZING health- never has been to a vet, it wouldn't surprise me if he lives another 10 years. If anyone has any questions, please ask,

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posted 08-18-2003 05:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ReallyRosie     Edit/Delete Message
I couldn't agree more with the person who wrote suggesting that diet makes a difference in a cats' coat. Thirteen years ago, I began feeding raw. It was like night and day. The work I did with raw meat diets led to a natural pet food company that is growing steadily and helping lots of other cats and dogs with problems. But as good as raw meat diets are, they're not always the entire answer. Six months ago, a stray cat walked in our cat door and pronounced herself "home." It appeared that we had little or no say in the matter. "Spot" is an adult female with a long black and white coat. When I touched her for the first time, I was shocked to discover that her entire body, and I mean "entire," was covered in scabs! I was surprised that she even had fur. She was thrilled to find a raw meat diet waiting for her and eats every scrap, every day. One of our oldest cats prefers dry and canned which he was raised with (not at our house), so he is allowed to have it, but Spot won't have anything to do with it so I don't know what she ate in her previous home. The raw meat seemed to do the trick and the scabs disappeared quickly. Hooray! But they returned a month ago. The vet says she has a reaction to flea bites and she does spend a goodly amount of time outside. So we try to keep her dusted and have taken to adding fish oil to her meals. So far, pretty good. But Spot has given us a big problem other than her coat, she terrorizes our other cat who is definitely not "Top Cat." Squirting her with water only seems to make her angrier and I feel certain that she takes it out on Bob when we are not looking. Now we are trying to socialize two feral kittens and I shudder to think of what Spot may try to do to them. Any advice?


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