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Old 12-15-2012, 03:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question A little worried about my kitty . .

For about a month or so, my cat has been biting off the hair on his lower back. There are no dramatic changes in our household that could cause him to do so, other than his reluctance to go outside. Not too much longer, he got threw up twice and seem constipated after we purchase a bigger bag of our normal cat food. We gave him some cat food with pumpkin to help him use the bathroom, which help and he is now better, however, ever since then he doesn't want to eat his dry food (he does eat the dry food but only if he really has to). He is consistently wining for food and he is always grooming himself. I don't know where this is behavior problems or physical?

I really don't know what is wrong. I've been thinking that he might have something wrong with his teeth. I are a little dirty but not really noticeable. And, it cost so much money to get his teeth clean! Please any suggestions on his condition or on what I should do would help. Thank you.
By the way, he is about 5 or 6 years old.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Dry food isn't very good for cats. Here's an excellent article on cat nutrition:
Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition :: healthy cat diet, making cat food, litter box, cat food, cat nutrition, cat urinary tract health

Even the cheapest canned food is better than dry kibble, and it's possible this is irritating his skin that causes him to bite at his back.
At age 5 or 6 yrs., he likely does have quite a bit of tartar on his teeth. Dental care for a cat is one of the costs of having a healthy pet and if it is not done can lead to more serious health problems. Once you have his teeth cleaned, you can give him some raw chicken wings to chew on. These will help keep the tartar from forming again. Make sure they are raw and not cooked, as cooking makes the bones brittle and could cause injury. Not all cats will eat raw meat (mine won't), but there are supplements available to sprinkle on the food that inhibit tartar formation.
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Biting hair on his lower back...like at the base of his tail? Fleas maybe? And if he has fleas, he could very well have tapeworms which might account for him being hungry.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Fleas sprang to my mind as well as the most likely problem but it could be the equivalent of OCD. I would look at your food in case it is a reaction.
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Food allergy?
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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No, he doesn't have fleas. I've cheek for fleas and I don't see any. However, he did have fleas during the late summer months, so he could have got a parasite. And yes, his hair is coming off where the back ends and tail begins.

I think the parasite or dental care are good possibilities. Most likely, he probably has a parasite problem of some sort, I think, but either way, I think I need to take him to the vet to a check up.
Thank you for your suggestions! They really help!

I have another question.
Do they sell any dental care products for cats at pet stores? If so, which ones would you recommend if you have tried any on your cat?
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