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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!