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He is taking the HE as he had intestinal inflammation with the pancreatitis. And that is what the dr wants him on. He is only on about now 1/4 cup per day down from 1/2 cup. The fish oil caps I give him are for cats; I got them at the vet, but they are big, but he just gulps them down (I wet with my saliva and push them longitudinally to the back of his throat, hold him mouth shut and massage his throat, a 3 sec procedure, he does not fight it) but I wish there were another way. I could try piercing the cap and adding it to his food, but have tried the liquid fish oil route on his food and he disliked it and would not eat it, so....

His fish oil caps are "Aller G-3" caps for cats. After his illness, the Dr did give me some wet food, but he would not touch it; he just prefers dry and he is never screaming for food so I guess he is getting enough. He is a BIG cat tho, but not obese, last weigh in was 18.8 lbs and he should be at about 16-17. He is just BIG, as boys usually are. Another question: is the stuff you spray on furniture to keep them from scratching it harmful at all? I have barcalounger which has a slipcover and it is knit and he loves to scratch it, I have bought another cover, but want to break him of the habit before installing it, he only scratches that and his post, he leaves everything else alone. Thanks!
Well, if he won't eat the canned food, he won't. I know how that is, my Mazy cat is on a Prescription food for FLUTD and she won't eat the canned either.

She loves the other cats' canned food but she won't eat the prescription food. She isn't allowed to have the regular canned, but I give her some now and then, just to make myself feel better. Her urine is checked annually and this sneaking of regular food now and then has not hurt her any.

I don't know about those sprays to keep cats from scratching. Does he have his own furniture to scratch?

You could put a sscat next to the chair,

Amazon.com: MultiVet SSSCAT Cat Training Aid: Kitchen & Dining

or put double sided sticky tape on the cover, since you are planning to replace it anyway, it won't matter if the tape pulls on the nap, though it is not supposed to

Training Aids for Cats: Sticky Paws at Drs. Foster & Smith

And put a favorite scratcher next to the chair.

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Please humor me and read the label on the bottle of the fish oil. In some brands the capsule is not meant to be ingested.

Mazy gets the Welactin brand and the capsule is not mean to be taken internally, it says so right on the bottle. "Do not feed gelatin capsule to your cat"

Fortunately she likes it. None of the other cats get the fish oil, because they do not like it and wont eat their food if I put it on.

Never mind, I looked the aller-g up and it says you can give the cat the whole capsule. Whew, I feel better now, lol.
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I just ordered the ssscat kit and refill, there goes another $25. Hope it works, seems harmless enough, he has a post he cratches and only the knit cover on the chair. He has his OWN olefin recliner in the den which he does NOT scratch so maybe it is the type of material? Well, we will see how the ssscat works. I would NEVER declaw a cat, I know all about it, it is totally inhumane. You can always replace a chair; you cannot replace your babies!
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I just ordered the ssscat kit and refill, there goes another $25. Hope it works, seems harmless enough, he has a post he cratches and only the knit cover on the chair. He has his OWN olefin recliner in the den which he does NOT scratch so maybe it is the type of material? Well, we will see how the ssscat works. I would NEVER declaw a cat, I know all about it, it is totally inhumane. You can always replace a chair; you cannot replace your babies!
You could put the old cover that he likes to scratch on HIS chair!

Let me know how the ssscat works I've heard great things about it.
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I don't know, he is a pretty smart baby, and his scratcher sits in his fave window (it has a pedastal with a seat platform too) I was thinking if I just take the cover off will he scratch the chair but I don't want to chance it. It's only a slipcover. We'll see. I just want him happy and healthy for now, that missing fur thing has me perplexed but it seems to be getting better; hard to tell, no irritation so...??? He is scratching the cover less as he pulls it down when discovered and gets a "no no so he stays away from it more. I will try the ssscat, just hope it doesn't freak him out! lol
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No, I meant, after you put the new one on your chair, put the one he likes on his chair.

I am about to get a new couch, upholstered in velvet of all things, so I may be needing to take some of my own advice soon.

The cats use their own furniture for scratching, but this will be something NEW and of course they are going to want to claim it and mark it.

The couch won't be here for three more weeks. I've been without a couch now since December 5th.
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I will try the ssscat 1st, and putting the cover on his chair?, well he doesn't scratch his chair! Only MINE! Little bugger (but oh I love him so....). Before I do anything I will try the scattt, he is getting better, I am chasing him off my chair; he only goes there when the blinds are open on the patio door so he can see out there, if I keep them closed, he does not go there!
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The sssscat works great but the fur loss is getting worse, he may have some sort of fungus like another poster said so tomorrow I will see if I can take him back into the vet. He has no problem with his fish oil pill anymore and it has helped his coat and the dander. I am just at a loss over the fur loss between his shoulder blades, previous posts indicate this is nore common than not. He is indoors only and no fleas or anything and the house gets vacuumed daily so I don't know. His behaviour is fine, he plays, purrs, eats, etc., just this darn hair loss. In 3 years this has never happened. Now MY allergies have ramped up so maybe it is something in the air. I am going to call my vet now.
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this problem is not getting any better. $250 air purifier, omega 3 horse pill shoved down his throat daily (tho he is good about it if i catch him early) but he is licking licking licking and the bitter apple seems he LIKES it, fir will come back a bit then baldo on the neck nape again. I feel I cannot take it anymore. I have never had such a high maintenance animal and the worst part is I love him so. but why the licking licking licking? Why the hair loss? WHY WHY WHY?????? I have tried everything and the Dr doesn't have a clue. I am at my wits end with my cat with the bald neck. Now he scratches as I have seen a bit of irriration. Fine for 2+ years then this! Could it be ringworm even tho the dr thinks not? Should I INSIST on a test? How much will THIS cost? I cannot afford the dr visits, the rx diet, the pills, the sccattt (tho that works now and I may be able to ditch it, he won't go near the chair. Could it be stress? Boredom? Lonliness? All the above? AM I stressing him out somehow? It's just me and him and he is so damn spoiled, I work from home so he is rarely alone like an 8-5 kitty. I am really at my wits end and ready toi adopt him out. HELP!
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Refresh me please.

Has food allergy been considered?

What RX food is he on?

Have you gotten a second opinion?

Has an anti anxiety medication such as amitriptyline been considered?

I recommend a specialist...a veterinary dermatologist.

I wonder if he has an eosinophilic granuloma complex This is often treated successfully with cyclosporine (Atopica)

Eosinophilic granuloma complex | www.webvet.com

A second opinion or a dermatology specialist is certainly the next step since the current vet is clearly out of ideas.

PS Ringworm test is done by a "woods lamp" which is not expensive. There is a more in-depth skin scrape/culture with is expensive (about $100 last I knew).

PS again Surely you aren't serious that you would "adopt him out" because of a skin disorder, what would that accomplish? I hope that is just frustration talking
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