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Mange or Something Else
Jul 6th, 2006 at 3:40pm
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???  ??? My nearly 19 year old black cat has what I thought was the Mange.  I looked at the websites but I don't see what I am seeing with her.  She has black hair that is matted together on her back.  Her face is fine, as is her tail, and under-belly.  We are in the process of cutting her coat, and brushing her more, which may work.  I thought because of her age, she wasn't grooming herself like she used to.  She is a very fussy eater, and drinks from the bathroom sink faucet. We also have a cute mix chihuahua-boston terrier who leaves her alone.  My cat is also deaf, and her eyes are milky, which leads me to believe she has cataracts.  Our income is poor, and I cannot afford to take her to the vet.  I just want her to be comfortable.  She doesn't try to itch her back or anything.  She has some dandruff too.  Should we try to bathe her?
Any help or knowledge of this situation is most appreciated.  Thank You.
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Re: Mange or Something Else
Reply #1 - Jul 9th, 2006 at 12:43am
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She probably can no longer reach her back to bathe it.  It should have never been allowed to become matted.  Why did you get another pet if you can't afford the one you already have?  

What made you think she had mange?  That would indicate hair loss but you didn't mention that.  

Use a slicker brush on her after you get the matting out. that will pull out all the loose hair & keep it from matting.  If you use a regular brush, it only rearranges the hair.

Please be extremely careful if your are using a scissors.  Hold the scissors so that you are cutting parrallel to her body, not across it.

The dandruff or dry flaky skin is likely from a poor quality food.  You can try adding some 100% vegetable oil to her food.   About a 1/2 tsp  three times a week.
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Reply #2 - Jul 9th, 2006 at 10:34am
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It doesn't really sound like mange at all. Older cats typically have a harder time grooming because of arthritis and if she is not feeling great, then she may not want to groom herself. I think that bathing her is a good idea. But make sure that when she comes out of the bath, you blow her dry and brush her out. If you don't, you may just make her more matted. Also, be extremely careful when bathing her. Water can make nice cats mean. If you do decide to bathe her, you may want to tape her front and back feet so that she does not hurt you or herself.
  
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Reply #3 - Jul 19th, 2006 at 11:30am
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I personally wouldn't be trying to use a scissor to get the matting out.  There is too great of a risk in cutting her.  Brushing should help get it out but may take some time...I am fortunate to have a clippers here at my house so I use that.  The matting is probably due to not being able to properly groom anymore (as already mentioned)..I have an older cat who gets the same thing..therefore I brush him often to help prevent that.
  

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Reply #4 - Jul 23rd, 2006 at 7:13pm
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Hi.  I have a very old rescue kitty who had become matted.  It is suspected that it occured from her poor dental care.  We romoved the old babies mats and brush him on a daily basis to assist with his grooming.  Since your financial situation will not allow you to take her to the vet perhaps you could contact your local shelter or the humane society who may be able to direct you to free or discounted pet care.  Good luck!

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