At long last, Raven's new furs

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.
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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!

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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.

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And here’s a discrete photo of her backside.

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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.

raven-gold.jpgWe 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?

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26 Responses to At long last, Raven's new furs

  1. McGuffy Ann says:

    This is excellent news! I am happy that Raven is getting some relief and looking more like her beautiful self! Yea! ❤

  2. Deziz World says:

    Oh Raven, you look so bootyful. We’re so glad this new diet is helpin’ you. We purrfur da rabbit and other non traditional kitty foods too. Mommy says ifin we were wild, we wouldn’t be eatin’ much chicken and no fish, so she avoids fish altogether in our diet where she can. We do get some, as it’s in da food, but not da main ingredient. And yes, we too luv to lay in mommys lap, in any pawsition she wants. 🙂 Big hugs to all.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  3. So glad da new diet is helping!

  4. Grace says:

    Big improvement and I bet she feels a whole lot better…Good news.

  5. That is such good news! We’re purring that Raven continues to do well on this new food.

  6. Brian says:

    Oh Raven, that is some wonderful progress sweet one, keep it up!!!

  7. Raven, we are happy your furs are coming back.
    You look better already.
    We purr this trend continues 🙂
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

    Thank you for your kind thoughts for Treasure.
    We miss him.

  8. pilch92 says:

    I am glad Raven is doing so much better. I need to try this for Prancie, her legs looked the same as Ravens when they were naked.

  9. Summer says:

    I’m SO glad to see that you’ve finally found the cause of Raven’s pulling out her fur – and a solution! Actually we will all lie on our backs like this (yes, even Binga), just not for long.

  10. Raven, glad that your furrs are growing back, and that you aren’t so itchy-feeling. We too had to find a brand and flavor of food that worked best for Chucky too.

  11. Cathy Keisha says:

    My human only dreams of doing this to me! She would be sent to the ER if she actually did it. The only time Pop can touch my tummy is when I’m eating and focused on my food. Hey, concats on the new furs and finally figuring out the culprit.

  12. Connie says:

    oh it does my heart good to see this. Food allergies can be so harsh..

  13. So glad Raven’s furs are growing back! My pal Tigger had the same problem, but as his folks live over the back from us, we didn’t know what caused it! They are thankfully growing back too. I never lie on my back on mum’s lap but I do stretch out on my front! xx

  14. Good for you, Raven! We’re glad things continue to get better. None of us lie like that–our mom has tried at least once with each of us but we put up a fight and win. 🙂

  15. mariodacat says:

    YAY, you are slowly getting your beautiful coat of fur back. We are so very happy for you. It must have felt awful for you- like you were half naked or something. Ummmm, there is no way I’d put up with M putting me on my back. Not even D could do it. I am pretty relaxed, but not quite that much.

  16. speedyrabbit says:

    this is great to see that Ravens fur is growing back nicely,xx Speedy

  17. Jan K says:

    Raven, we are so glad your new diet is working. You are looking beautiful!!

  18. kapitola says:

    Looks like you are doing a great job–Raven looks wonderful!

  19. Glad you’re feeling better, Raven. You are looking great!

  20. Oh Raven! You look so much better! I hope you are feeling good too!

  21. That looked pretty serious and worrisome! Figuring out allergies is a tricky procedure. Glad to see progress is finally evident.

  22. mariodacat says:

    This makes our day to hear Raven is getting better and the fur is growing back. Poor baby. It must have felt strange to be missing so much fur.

  23. Annie says:

    Raven, this is just wonderful news that your fur is growing back and you’re doing so much better!

  24. Your fur growth looks very promising, Raven. Kali is allergic to commercial catfood. She has been since she was two. She is now fourteen. It took us many years to discover the reason. She was on a vet food and she is still on it of Hypoallergenic Soy. Now she can have some Fancy Feast beside the Soy. She started having very loose bowel movements and this progressed to the itching and loss of fur. She gets itchy occasionally now when she has chicken very often.

    I love Carmel. Who in Carmel knows how to cook abalone? We tried to get into the Boar’s Nest while we were there but no go.

    Jean
    http://canadiancats.com

  25. BZ Dogs says:

    What a change! Let’s hope the furs keep sprouting and growing 🙂

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