So, yes, the tiny cat. She’s in bad shape. She’s pulled out all of the hair along both sides of her body and much of it on the top of her spine (basically, on Thursday and Friday; it’d been thin, but she went to town on herself at the end of the week). The skin where her hair used to be is a gross mess of red irritation and sloughing white blood cells. And she itches. So, the question becomes do I take her back to the vet yet again and have him yet again pronounce it an allergy and we yet again try to figure out what is different in her life in the winter than in the summer and try to eliminate it or rectify it only to fail miserably and have spring roll around and it go away and her hair grow back? Or do we try to find something we can do to help?
Saturday, I spent all evening rubbing hand cream on her, to try to soothe her skin. So, yes, it’s come to this. If I invite you over to my house on a Saturday evening to lube up the pussy and see what happens, you should be aware that you have a fifty-fifty shot of getting stuck slicking up my gross, uncomfortable balding cat.
It was so disgusting, I can’t even tell you. She looked like a mobile oil slick. BUT, and I believe this is the important part, her skin was markedly improved on Sunday. Much less red and she seemed to even want us to put more lotion on her.
And, in slicking her up, I noticed that what hair she does have left on her body is really dry. So, now I’m wondering if she’s maybe, in the winter, for whatever reason, not producing enough skin oil naturally (maybe the dry food isn’t fatty enough and, since she’s not going out, it’s not getting supplemented with small rodents?) and so it’s causing her to itch, which causes her to over-lick, which causes her fur to come out, which irritates her skin, which itches, causing her to… I think you see where I’m going with this.
So, today we’re trying two things. One, she’s getting some wet food, cheap, greasy 9 Lives, to see if the oil in that helps her coat, or what’s left of it. She’s in there eating on it now. And two, while she was eating, I rubbed some cortazone cream on her that claims to help releave itching and help skin irritation. So, we’ll see how that goes.
In good news, her appetite is good and this is the most she’s ever cared to be pet, so that’s kind of a treat.