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I got a male cat from my friend its about 3 years old. He has been with me about 3 months now and the cat is licking its hair out, and it seems to have very dry skin. My friend fed the cat from kitten steaks, chicken,and albacore tuna. I myself can't afford these things so I give him cat food, he also was a in/out cat now I have him in and he is use to no kids. I have 6. Could it be he's having a nervous breakdown?

He eats friskies or 9 lives wet,somtimes I mix in dry food with it.His litter is at the back of the house near the back entrance.  An he is the only cat.......................Thanks

-John-

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November 3, 2012 at 7:32 AM

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Dear John,

I would try a grain free diet for about 4-6 weeks to see if there is less hair loss after that time. The pet store will have choices available.  Ask if they have any samples.   I would give some other flavor other than chicken if possible during that time.  I would also give our homeopathic Derma-IonX which is helpful for many different types of skin conditions.  I also like to give other supplements such as digestive enzymes, probiotics, and fish oil. 

Is the cat able to have quiet time away from the children, and can the litter box be in a private spot?  It is important he is provided a "safe" and quiet place away from the kids when needed.  I like to have one extra litter box available in the other end of the house in case if the cat is intimidated to travel across the house to get to it.   You might also want to bring a fecal sample in to your veterinarian to be checked for parasite eggs.   Sometimes worms can cause irritation internally and the cat will loose hair.

Please let us know how you do or if you have any other questions.

Best regards,

Dr. Char

www.vetionx.com

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
November 3, 2012 at 2:23 PM
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