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Aged cat not cleaning top of back. What to do

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by FiremanTreeCat, Jun 21, 2017.


  1. FiremanTreeCat

    FiremanTreeCat PetForums Newbie

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    Shall I use pet shampoo on area?

    I've combed to get loose hair out but it's a greasy, grey hair spot that he cannot twist to clean.

    No skin inflamation or fleas.

    Suggestions please

    FTC
     
  2. claire8234

    claire8234 PetForums VIP

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    Hi

    If your cat isnt grooming itself properly I would advise you see your vet.

    Your cat could have joint pain, arthritis erc which makes grooming difficult or more painful

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  3. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    Agree with @claire8234 I think your first course of action should be a vet visit to rule out any problems which are preventing him from cleaning himself.
    Poor lad may have pain in that area preventing him from twisting round.
     
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  4. Paddypaws

    Paddypaws PetForums VIP

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    Definitely time for a vet visit and a good check over. I had two cats make it to 21 and they both still kept themselves clean so we cannot presume that it is 'normal' for a cat to stop grooming. In fact it is always going to be a sign of either illness or pain which need attention.
    I would not use any kind of shampoo on an elderly mog and would be careful about grooming the area.....my old boy Murphy was very skinny in his last year and I had to be very gentle when combing him ( something I had done all through his life)
     
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