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Malting and Black 'dirt'

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by mcgee, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. mcgee

    mcgee PetForums Newbie

    Mar 23, 2009
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    We rescued our cat Tiggs about 9 months ago and he has always left lots of 'dirt' where he's been sitting. Recently this has got worse, he's been grooming lots and malting even more than usual... it literally never stops no matter how much you brush him. The brush ends up with lots of black dirt in it but it's at it's worse in the middle of his back, not around his tail as you would expect with fleas. Also his coats seems pretty dry. Sometimes he dashes around and then grooms frantically as if irratated. The thing is we're pretty sure he does not have fleas we keep his treatment's up to date, he always wears a flea collar. We've checked his fur and none of the other animals in the house are showing any signs of being infected.

    Has anybody any idea, other than fleas, what might be causing this? Can you buy specialised food for a cat's coat like you can with dogs, we've looked around but nobody seems to stock anything like that?
  2. bichonsrus

    bichonsrus PetForums Senior

    May 16, 2009
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    The thing is if its flea dirt you are seeing then its fleas that it has regardless of weather you have used treatments or not. You need to check your cat with a flea comb and see if you can find any little creatures in there, perhaps try different flea treatments, your vet is best one to ask im thinking. Not all flea treatments suit all pets ,one of mine finds certain flea collars irritating, another cant use drops as these dont work on them. Hope you find a solution. good luck.:)
  3. Matrix/Logan

    Matrix/Logan PetForums VIP

    May 7, 2009
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    I still think it sounds like flea dirt to me. Stand your cat on a sheet of white paper and comb him, then drip water on the 'dirt' that you groom out, if it goes red it is definatley flea dirt.(as the redness is the dried blood the fleas feed on) ;):wink5:

    You could try feeding James wellbeloved cat food this is good for dry irritable skin, or try adding evening primrose oil to the food. You can alternatively feed tuna in oil once a week as the fishoils are very good for dry skin too.

    Hope this helps
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