Whats wrong with my feline friend?
(Yorba Linda, CA, USA)
I've had my cat for a year. He's a fully grown male cat, about 1 year old, and probably considered long hair. He's eating normally, but we recently, around December, adopted a stray & she got pregnant and had babies May 13th. Our male cat has either gotten skinnier or has lost a lot of hair on his butt and is always cleaning himself. His joints are completely hairless and are red like they're completely tender. He has fleas and everything we've tried isn't working because we don't really have money to buy the expensive stuff that works. could that be a contributing factor? He's also been spraying a lot is that normal?
Answer by KAte
His Spraying is caused because he is distressed, this is a common behavior.
As for his flea condition, this sounds terrible. he may have an allergy to the flea bites as well and so he is scratching his fur and skin off.
I'm afraid to say that there really is no real way round this, he need to go to the vet so that they can take a look at his skin and see if there are any skin mites there as well and he needs proper medication.
he really is in some distress, just imagine itching all the time to the point of pain.
Now that he has got to such a back stage he may need special cream for his skin too and the vet a=can give him anti itching injections to help his stop rubbing his fur off and give his fur a chance to grow back. plus the fleas need to be properly eradicated.
the spot on treatments are the best but not the ones you buy from the supermarket they are useless. have you tried frontline or advantage?
See this page for more informationflea treatments
best wishes KAte
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