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    Well at least the kitty things seem to be going well. How is pumpkin and the flees? My best friend's aunts cat just had kittens three days ago and I'm dead from kitten text pics.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RittenRemedy View Post
    Well at least the kitty things seem to be going well. How is pumpkin and the flees? My best friend's aunts cat just had kittens three days ago and I'm dead from kitten text pics.
    I'M SO JELLY OF THE KITTEN PICS. The fleas seem to be gone. I can't remember seeing either cat scratch under their chin (they both were between the first and second Advantage application) since the second Advantage application. I'm going to sweep under the bed, vacuum the rug, and roll it back out in Pumpkin's room this weekend. That girl sheds a LOT so I am going to have to keep up with the vacuuming. It's overdue in the whole apartment, truthfully.

    I'm so happy that Fae is healthy. Once Hulky is done with school & working, I want to have bloodwork done for Fae and get her teeth cleaned. Then I'll be able to keep them clean with semi regular brushing on my own. I don't know if she's ever had her teeth professionally cleaned, but I don't want her to lose any.

    We saw the new X-Men movie last night and it was SO GOOD. I think it's my favorite one yet (I do love these movies though, even the awful ones). There is totally a full-body rear shot of Huge Jackedman's body. The movie was fairly dark and pretty violent, so fair warning for anyone who might want to bring their kids. There are apparently plans for another movie in 2016, which I am totally psyched about.

    We went to the movie last night because Hulky got a last minute text from the best man of the wedding we're going to on the 1st. The bachelor party is tonight, but I don't think anybody knew until yesterday. Hulky isn't a groomsmen, but he was still invited to the "bachelor party" since he's good friends with the groom and two of the groomsmen (I don't know how many groomsmen there are though). It basically sounds like NOTHING is planned for this party and we all feel really bad for the groom. The best man has been really AWOL about the whole thing, apparently. We don't know him, I think he's a childhood/high school friend of the groom, whereas the other groomsmen and Hulky have only known the groom since college, even if they are arguably closer.

    I'm exhausted today due to staying up late and also not sleeping well, so my day will have plenty of coffee. Maybe it'll help my gut along!

    Gut: With about 2000 mg of Vit C yesterday, I got my gut catching up in the bathroom after 3 days of being backed up. That was less than enjoyable. I'm not sure if I should continue with a morning dose of Vit C for the time being, since mag citrate doesn't seem to work well enough. As I said yesterday, I'm done messing with the DE for now. My new supplements should arrive tomorrow! I'm looking forward to getting started on the bentonite clay and activated charcoal. I feel optimistic.

    Body: My armpits were too sore for chin-up work yesterday, so I will do my workout routine tonight while Hulky is out. I'm sure I'll be bored anyway!

    Weekend plans: cleaning the apartment, looking at dresses to wear for the wedding, sending the Offbeat Bride book to my sister, hopefully getting some good sleep.
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    Just heard a short review of X-Men and they emphasized it was not a good movie for children.

    I'm glad you tackled the flea issue! I wish I could figure out why my kitty is losing hair on her back. Up both sides of her spine and a little on her tail. There is no redness to indicate a skin infection, she just licks and pulls it out. Maybe its just a behavioral thing? When I tell her to stop she does. She leaves clumps of hair all over the house! I haven't taken her to the vet for it because it seems obvious to me there isn't anything physically wrong with her. She needs a kitty shrink?

    Sounds like Mr. BestMan is falling down on the job. Poor Mr. Groom.
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    If your kitty goes outside and comes in contact with rabbits..she could have contracted mange. It causes dramatic hair loss.

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    Oh dear poor kitty. My best friend's cat is we guess allergic to fleas and is terrible about rubbing off his flea medication. Little butt.

    Good to hear the kitties are doing well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Treesa View Post
    If your kitty goes outside and comes in contact with rabbits..she could have contracted mange. It causes dramatic hair loss.
    She goes outside -- but in the 10 years I've been here I've never seen a rabbit.
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    Tomi, get that kitty to a vet! If it's a behavioral thing, they do have something like kitty Prozac, but it could also be a parasite or allergies. Is she on a grain-free food?
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    no not grain free. Been feeding her the same food her whole life so don't think its the food. She's 11 years old and the problem started about 3 years ago. Never gets worse, doesn't really change at all. And she isn't bald, but has thinning in the areas affected. I can't find anything online that is similar to her type of hair loss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomi View Post
    no not grain free. Been feeding her the same food her whole life so don't think its the food. She's 11 years old and the problem started about 3 years ago. Never gets worse, doesn't really change at all. And she isn't bald, but has thinning in the areas affected. I can't find anything online that is similar to her type of hair loss.
    She could develop an allergy over time, happens to people too. If it was my kitty, I'd start a grain-free food at least. It could just be a neurotic thing, but you never know. I hope it's nothing serious!
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    I think its behavioral because there is not visible sign of skin irritation. I found this:

    Finally, another major cause of hair loss is “psychogenic” alopecia. In other words, your cat is pulling or chewing out his fur due to psychological factors, such as nervousness, anxiety, fear, or stress. This condition is much more common than most people realize. Cats are very sensitive to their environment, and they do well when they’re on a steady, consistent routine. Virtually anything can stress out a cat: a new baby, another cat or pet, guests, a change in food, even a change in weather! Cats groom themselves as a way to relax. It provides them with a feeling of comfort. Think about the last time your cat did something foolish or klutzy, like misjudge a leap or accidentally tumble of the sofa. We might laugh, but the cat immediately grooms. Whether they feel embarrassment is debatable, but cat lovers recognize this reflexive grooming behavior in their cat whenever uncertainty arises. A cat that is chronically stressed may turn to excessive grooming as a means of dispelling his anxiety. In the past few years, veterinary behaviorists have come to realize that some cats and dogs exhibit signs of “obsessive-compulsive behavior”, and excessive grooming can sometimes fall into this category. If this is the case, there are anti-anxiety medications that are often very effective at controlling this problem.

    Hair pulling and chewing behavior is a signal that something is wrong, and that your cat is uncomfortable. While it may not be very easy to find out why your cat is doing this, once we get to the root of the problem, treatment is often successful.


    She started losing hair the same year we lost 2 of our dogs and shortly after losing 2 other cats. We went from 3 cats and 3 dogs to just her and Zeus within a years time. Perhaps I can find some kind of a topical that will deter the licking and pulling. I tried DE but didn't see much improvement. Will do more research. I don't want to drug her if I can find a better option.
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