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My cat is 19 years old she has alpsimers she's deaf and has

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My cat is 19 years old she has alpsimers she's deaf and has problems with her back legs and she now has something on her fur coat that is grey and thick we can't wash it out or cut it out and its going all over her body she is also sick most times after feeding we don't know what to do for the best for her she seems OK she sleeps a lot ?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.
Hi there, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian in the US who works with cats and dogs. I'm sorry to hear that your kitty hasn't been well - I'll do my best to help. Based on your description and what I see most commonly in my own hospital, I'd suspect that she's developed fur matting in the areas that you're seeing. Fur mats are areas of very thick hair coat that has become hopelessly tangled. They can feel quite firm. Fur mats can pinch and pull at the skin and sometimes even cause wounds, especially in elderly kitties or kitties that are sick otherwise. I never recommend trying to cut fur mats out with scissors - I've sutured many many lacerations caused by well intentioned owners who accidentally cut their kitties. A good set of clippers is what needs to be used to free up the fur mats and separate them from the skin. Here are some examples:https://wiki.ezvid.com/best-dog-clippers?id=ezdogclippers-20&gclid=Cj0KEQiAno60BRDt89rAh7qt-4wBEiQASes2tTb19HCOFKiH0n5I90UyLg2fq8CfTlhNzpS6vGmpVlwaAhTd8P8HAQ Even with a good pair of clippers, though, it is still possible to accidentally cut their thin skin when you're working on those mats close to the skin. It's best to proceed with extreme caution or have a professional groomer do it. In any case, when elderly cats develop fur mats, it's definitely a good idea to have their "whole body" health checked out, as a decrease in grooming is often a sign of illness in older kitties. It can be really difficult sometimes to tell the difference between normal "old cat" sleepy and arthritis and diseases like kidney failure, liver disease, diabetes, thyroid issues, or internal cancer. The fact that she's often sick after eating also concerns me, but vomiting is a very nonspecific sign, meaning that it can be caused by a very wide array of different underlying diseases. I hope that you find this information helpful - please let me know what other questions I can answer for you.~Dr. Sara----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------My goal is to provide you with the most complete and accurate “five star” answer. If my answer isn’t what you were expecting, it’s incomplete, or you have more questions PLEASE REPLY to let me know what information you are looking for BEFORE giving me a negative rating! If my answer has been helpful to you, please show me by giving me a favorable rating. Thank you so much :)
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi thank you for your help I think what I'm trying to ask is do you think my cat is having a bad time and should we be thinking of letting her go we have had her from the age of 4 weeks old and I can't help thinking she's had enough please don't think I won't her to go but it's hard to think She's unhappy we all love her so much
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.
Hi again :) Thanks for the clarification - that's very helpful. You've asked a question that I know is a difficult one to contemplate. It's even difficult when I've got the pet there in front of me on the exam table sometimes. Other times it's easy for me to nudge an owner in one direction or another after doing a physical exam. For instance, sometimes I see signs of what I consider painful or debilitating issues that my owners hadn't noticed or known were potentially an issue. Other times I see owners who bring me cats who look bright eyed and full of joy, but just aged. In some cases we can help with simple things like arthritis medications or dietary supplements, but in others there are no good treatments at all. Ultimately the final decision should be based on her quality of life. In some cases your vet can improve her quality of life, in some cases not. It's hard for me to know without being able to get my hands on her and see her myself. I always tell my clients, though, that when I'm contemplating euthanasia of an older kitty, I very rarely disagree with an owner if they say they'd want to put their very elderly cat to sleep. I know that they didn't come to that decision lightly, and that my client knows their cat's personality traits and level of "joy" far better than I do. Here are a couple of links to help you place an objective number on a very subjective subject:http://vet.osu.edu/assets/pdf/hospital/companionAnimals/HonoringtheBond/HowDoIKnowWhen.pdfhttp://www.aplb.org/resources/quality-of-life_scale.php I hope that his is helpful info :) Let me know if I can help more.~Dr. Sara
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you very much for your help I know that without seeing rugs you can't give me your opinion I think that talking with you has helped me kind regards Julie

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