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posted 12-03-2002 06:21 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Our 16 year old female cat has started losing chunks of her fur. This does not appear to be a problem for her though the chunks do appear to have a scab on the end.

She also appears (because we cannot see them)to have scabs around her head and neck area.

She is also losing her appitite and drinking a lot of water from the tap.

Whilst I appreciate 16 is a grand age for a cat, she has been our family friend for a lot of years now and we owe it to her to make her better.

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posted 06-11-2003 01:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kitty015     Edit/Delete Message
I have a 19 year old cat...Tom. Within the last couple of weeks, his health has gone downhill. The first problem that developed is this "eye goup" that comes out of both eyes. The vet ran tests (all came up negetave for everything) and gave him eye cream. It helped a little, but his right eye always has the goup in it still.
The second problem that just started is that he is rapidly losing his fur. The fur on his chest is all matted. And he has lost almost all the fur on the insides of his legs.
The only problem that the vet found is that he was dehidrated. I find this hard to believe because he drinks tons of water.
Please post a reply or e-mail me at if anyone has experiences similar problems with their cat. I'm looking for any ideas that may help Tom. Thank you.

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posted 06-11-2003 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message it possible she has fleas? Scabs around the head and neck area and in some cases fur loss are an indication of fleas.

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posted 06-12-2003 02:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for woofdoggy     Edit/Delete Message
Any prolonged in an animal's health usually needs veterinary attention. If it's not fleas, there could be dozens of reasons why your cat's skin is infected.

She is old, and as she's losing weight as well I would do everything I could to get her to a vet asap.

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posted 07-08-2003 07:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LoveMyCat     Edit/Delete Message
My cat is having the same problem-She is losing chunks of hair also-She drinks tons of water too-She stopped eating this past weekend and I am worried to death-I have had her for 17 yrs. I cannot bring myself to risk taking her to the vet to have him tell me she needs to be put down-I had her there about a year ago when she started losing weight-The vet said she does not have Diabetes which is what he suspected, but said she is just old-Does your cat having weight loss and is he eating OK?

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