My poor Maine Coon. I have two long haired, but one is an albino and he has been itching and licking much more than usual so his beautiful long white coat is now fashioned like a poodle. It is too pathetic to post a photo and I don't want anyone to think I am neglecting my animal. I am not. I adore my kitties.
He is still super playful, cuddly and eating just fine. He isn't depressed and while we have had our share of drama in the Isaacs' household recently, I don't think he is stressed out. I know it isn't ring worm because the location is off, plus his brother is just fine. Because of this, I decided that before I took him to the vet, I'd talk to my guy at Petsmart. As usual, he was super helpful. We are looking at 2 things:
- At the time the licking increased I made a couple changes. One was that I bought a different brand of cat food and it wasn't the fancy stuff. I was out of food and it was late so I went to Walgreens and bought a bag from their limited selection. It could be that White Kitty is having a reaction to the wheat- yes its weird, but he may be Gluten intolerant. (Btw- his name is Paris but I like White Kitty better. His brother is an orange Maine Coon named Bo and I call him... [surprise!] Orange Kitty. My kids hate it but IMHO my names are really sweet, very enduring and authentic to who they are as individuals...but I digress.) So I bought the rice based food in hopes that it will help. We will have to wait and see.
- The other change was that I bought the Costco flea treatment generic for Frontline. It was $50 cheaper and I like other Kirkland products so I thought it would be OK. Petsmart guy said a number of his customers have had trouble with it. Unfortunately, we just treated the cats last week thinking an allergic reaction to fleas could be the culprit so I have to wait another 3 weeks before I can start using the Frontline again.
Which gets me to the photo I stumbled upon that lead to this little ramble... Ta Da....