I have furs!

I’ve been battling hairloss & itchiness for a long time. It took 18 months to figure out I’m allergic to fish & chicken and for the past 6 months (since November 2016) I’ve been eating a restricted diet.  As you saw in my last post, I’m growing new furs and have some dramatic before and after photos to share.

Here are two photos of me looking awful. I was itchy and constantly licking myself and biting my fur. Sadly, this isn’t the worst of my hairloss. After this photo was taken, I chewed the fur off almost my entire tail and the bald patch on my left thigh got bigger. I also started loosing fur from the inside of my front legs. Even the backs of my ears were getting bald.A photo of my missing fur in June 2016. Raven - hairloss 2015

I started my new diet the end of October 2016, and by December my fur started growing back.  In this photo I have little fuzzy furs growing on my thighs and legs. Mom, Dad, and the vet thought we were on the right track with my new diet. December 2016. Fur starting to regrow.

By eliminating a probiotic supplement (more about that in the next post), we completely stopped my itchiness and my furs started growing better.

And look at me now.  After 6 months of a strict diet my tail has floofy furs and my legs have hair. And the bald patch on my thigh is gone. It’s hard to find any bare patches of skin on my tail or legs.
May 2017. My skin is covered with fur.May 2017. My tail and legs have fur.The fur has grown back on most of my belly. There’s still a patch that’s just fuzzy, but it’s small compared to what it was before. Mom suspects it will take a really long time for these furs to grow back because they’ve been missing for 2 years!

May 2017. My belly is mostly covered with fur.

A lot of the fur that’s grown back is my undercoat, not the long, silky top furs that make me feathery. Mom hopes I’ll be closer to full floof by my birthday in October.

For any of you who are dealing with allergies or other food sensitivities, you have our sympathy. It can be a frustrating and expensive process to figure out. We’re lucky to be able to manage Raven’s condition with diet alone and not use any medications. Paws crossed her immune system stays stable and we can maintain her good health for a long time.May 2017. I look nearly normal with a furry tail.

If you didn’t know what I looked like in “full floof”, you wouldn’t suspect I’ve been battling allergies. I look like a normal, healthy kitty again!

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22 Responses to I have furs!

  1. We are happy to hear your new diet is working so well.
    You are looking purrfect and floofy 🙂
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

  2. Summer says:

    Wow, Raven, you are doing amazing! No wonder you were having such a hard time – chicken, and especially fish, are in SO many cat foods, and it takes a lot of work to cut them out.

  3. Brian says:

    You look most wonderful Raven and we are thrilled the furs are back!!!

  4. Wow, Raven! We’re SO glad you finally figured out what was causing your problems. Your fur looks great now. We agree, food allergies and sensitivities can be so difficult.

  5. Raven, you are gorgeous. We are so happy for you. You have such a great mom. She got you the help you need and she stayed with it. But, it also is very important that she is sharing your story! This is an extremely important story. If it helps others, imagine all of the beautiful, furry cats out there cheering! Thank you for this important story. Hugs.

  6. Grace says:

    So maddening that it took so long to figure out the problem – poor kitty BUT great now that you are well on your way to full floof!

  7. Raven, it must feel wonderful to not be itchy anymore, and that your furs are coming back. Your peeps love you so; they were going to help you out, no matter what it took! Looking good, dear Raven!

  8. Quite an improvement. Allergies are tricky to determine. Feeding multiple cats is tricky.

  9. Jan K says:

    Raven, you look beautiful! We are so glad your Mom and the doctors were finally able to get things figured out. ♥

  10. We are so happy for you, Raven!

    You look great 🙂

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  11. Yay, Raven, you look wonderful ! We’re so glad you finally found out what was causing your problems ! Purrs

  12. Mary McNeil says:

    So glad you are back to your beautiful self.

  13. We are so happy with your progress, Raven. It’s no fun being itchy OR furless. You look beautiful!

  14. 15andmeowing says:

    You look amazing Raven! I am glad you know what you are allergic to so it can be avoided.

  15. Johnny says:

    Raven you’re looking AMAAZINNNG I wouldn’t even be able to tell 🙂 <3 (=^.^=)

  16. So glad you’ve found out what your problem was. My Toffee sends her love and says she knows how awful constant itchiness is. She suffered from eczema for a while but is all better now.

  17. BZ Dogs says:

    Must feel good to feel good after feeling bad for so long. And your look gorgeous!

  18. Hooray for finding answers! You look beautiful!!!

  19. Cathy Keisha says:

    You look great! I hope it continues and all your furs grow back.

  20. That is SUCH great news! You’re looking so good, and we’re so happy that diet alone is the solution!

  21. mariodacat says:

    Whew! This is such good news. That’s what they thought I had at first too. But after doing an ultrasound on my they discovered an inflamed pancreas. Now I still thrrow up some, but not as bad as it was before. Only I wasn’t so good about eating the foods the vet wanted me to eat. I went 4 days without eating and M was getting veyr worried, so she put me back on regular food again. Now since they discovered the inflamed pancreas, I’ve hardly thrown up at all. M says it’s so hard to know what to do with kitties cuz we hide our pain so well, and we have definite likes and dislikes when it comes to food. Continue to get better and better please!

  22. Deziz World says:

    Raven, you always look and looked gawjus to us. We’re glad you’re feelin’ better. Dat’s da mostest ‘purrtant of all. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

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