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sunshine3909 July 29th, 2004 01:59 PM

Cat problems
I have two cats, one has a hairball problem the other a weight problem. Theey are both on Iams food, one is on hairball control and the other on weight control. Recently the one on hairball control has this on going scab under her chin, she does not scratch it but she has hair missing from the ares when the scabs grow. My other cat has massive dandruff and has all these scabs (like a collar) arooung her neck and is very itchy. My cats are 8 and 9 and do not goto to the vet, they are both indoor cats. What do you suggest it is or I do? I was thinking of sending the fat ( :eek: ) one to a groomers and put peroxide on the hairball puker. Thank you Angela

Sunkist/Winnie July 29th, 2004 02:23 PM

I'll let the more experienced members address the idea of the peroxide - doesn't seem like a good idea to me.

And as for the scabs I'd say a vet visit is in order so they can get checked out before they get infected.

As for the dandruff and weight problem:

I also used to feed one of my cats Iams weight control, she also had dandruff. Through reading different things on this board I found out that Iams isn't the best food to be feeding my munchkins. So I switched to a higher quality brand of food bought at a local pet food store.

When I was feeding Winnie the Iams she would eat her food quickly and then start in on my other cat's food (Sunkist). With the new food she eats her food and rarely goes looking for more. The lady at the food store told me this was probably because she wasn't feeling satisfied on the lower quality Iams.

So now my previously fat cat, is now just a tubby cat and her dandruff problem has gotten much better!

Sunkist also has a bit of a hairball problem...I just make a habit of brushing her more often when she is shedding, it's practically elminated the hairball issue!

Lucky Rescue July 29th, 2004 03:41 PM

No peroxide!

Iams is not good food. If these were my cats, I would put them on better quality food and see if that helps. I"ve seen so many fat, dandruffy cats who eat Iams and Science Diet that I can't help but think there is a connection.

As for the scab on the chin - do they eat from plastic bowls? Often plastic will cause things like that.

You MUST take these cats to the vet first. They could have mites or other parasites. At their ages, they need to have a checkup. Older, overweight cats often have kidney, thyroid or other problems.

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