As promised, I wanted to share some photos of the progress we’ve made with Raven’s fur regrowth. She’s been on her new diet for 6 weeks and hasn’t had prednisolone for 8 weeks. Fish and chicken seem to be the cause of her allergies and hairloss. She now eats only Pride by Instinct grain-free canned food – Lovebug’s Lamb or Ritzy’s Rabbit. Neither has any fish or chicken ingredients. Despite the food being expensive (and I think there’s a lot of water in the canned food compared to other brands) we’ll keep her on this as long as she continues to improve.
Here are two photos from about 1 year ago when Raven’s hairloss was still “moderate”. It got much worse, and six months ago she didn’t have fur on her lower belly, the inside & outside of her legs from thighs down to her toes, and a big patch of missing fur on her left upper thigh/hip. She bit the fur off of a 3-inch long strip on her front/inner legs from her paw pits to her elbows, and she also lost a good amount of fur from the top of her tail. She looked like a cross between a cat (if she was sitting to hide her belly & legs), an ostrich (bare legs), and an opossum (naked tail). Basically, she looked awful and she must have felt miserable.
Now she looks significantly better. The fur is growing back on her legs, and you can even see some fur on the underside of her tail. She’s wasn’t cooperating for photos today, so I had to follow her around the kitchen trying to get good photos showing her legs. It wasn’t easy since she really just wanted to go take a nap!
Depending on the angle, the fur looks thinner. But here you can see her left upper thigh towards the hip, which used to be completely bald. You can also see she has fur on the last half of her tail.
And here’s a discrete photo of her backside.
I took a short video showing Raven’s new furs. She lays on my lap like this almost every night and she’s usually completely relaxed. Since this video was taken during the day, she’s a little apprehensive and won’t let me lift her front paws all the way up like I usually can.
We have a long way to go until she’s floofy again like she was years ago, but we’ve made progress and most of her skin is covered with a thin layer of 1/2 inch long fur. Hopefully we can keep her allergies under control with diet alone and she’ll continue to improve.
Hey, do any of you kitties let your humans put you on their lap like this? I really enjoy it and Mom gives me a good massage & petting while I get totally relaxed on her lap. CK, how about you? How much blood do you think you’d get from a human who tried to do this to you?