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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-15-2007, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Dull coated cat

One of our cats is showing what I would describe as a really dull and lifeless coat. He seems otherwise healthy. The worst section is near the base of his tail (top side) where there seems to be a recurring skin condition similar to "cradle cap" on a human baby. He's getting up there in age (14-15yrs), but hasn't shown any other signs of disease or health problems. Any ideas on what we're dealing with??? Thanks very much. <-Steve->
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-15-2007, 07:25 PM
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14-15 isn't old for a cat... a lot of cats live to be in their 20's.

How is his diet? sometimes problems in an animals diet can be manifested in their fur/skin. Dry flaky skin along with a dull coat could be a sign that there is something lacking in his diet. I would call the vet and discuss what you are feeding him and see if that could be what is causing it.

It is also possible that it is ringworm or even mange, he should be seen by a vet to rule those out. Is he an indoor only, an in/out cat or an outdoor only cat?

Good luck.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-15-2007, 07:43 PM
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Take him in and get bloodwork done, along with an annual physical if he hasn't had either done in the last year. A dull coat can be the first sign of several age related diseases, the first of which comes to mind is kidney disease.

If it's skin related, the vet can probably help with that too.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-16-2007, 12:21 PM
 
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What are you feeding him?
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-16-2007, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks Leo and Jade. My sister took him in and it's a diet related thing. He is super picky about what he will and won't eat... and unfortunately, his favorite meal (dry "kibble" believe it or not) isn't providing a balanced diet. She's going to try to get him to adjust his dinner menu and see if his coat "perks up". I forgot what she said about the skin at the base of his tail... but it was very minor. Over all he's in good shape. Thanks again to you both. <-Steve->
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