Thursday, February 26, 2009
THIS is where I want to be today. Cuddling, at home (please excuse the huge pile of dirty laundry in the hallway), with the sweetest of all my fuzzy-babies. Molly is the kitty and Tucker is the pooch. And they are not evil, even though those crazy-glowing eyes may say it.
I'm just really tired today (having more and more trouble sleeping lately. Between flip-flopping from my left to right side all night when one hip starts to ache, getting up to pee multiple times, and then waking up in a panic becuz I keep ending up on my back, a place I'm not supposed to be--I wake up exhausted every morning now. And I'm moody today for some reason. Feel like crying but honestly there is no reason behind that. Blah.
Oh! Speaking of my kitty, Molly, I have a favor to ask of you guys! Have any of you ever had your dog or cat suffer from a food allergy? Poor Molly has a problem that I've become aware of within the past week or so. Her fur at the base of her body, right before her tail, is sparse. It's not a bald spot, however the fur has thinned out. And starting there and going mid-way up her back, she has a red, spotted, scabby rash. I also felt more of it, this morning, when I was petting her up by the back of her neck.
I'm at a loss. I have not changed any cleaning products or anything in the house. All of my kitties are indoor kitties. The only thing I can think of is I slightly changed their food about 3 weeks ago. I always give them Purina One Indoor Advantage...the one for sensitive bellies that's made with yogurt, turkey etc. (one of my other kitties has a puking problem and this is the ONLY food that doesn't make her puke all the time). Anyway, about 3 weeks ago, I suddenly realized I was COMPLETELY out (bad cat-Mommy!) so on my lunch break I ran to the store. Which of course did NOT have the type of food I feed them. They DID have Purina but it was a different version. I bought it anyway, thinking, "Hey, it's the same brand, how different can it be?" Well not only is Bailey, Miss-Pukey, up to her old ways but now THIS with poor Molly. I really think it may be a food allergy.
I'm going out today to get the regular kind of cat food I always feed them, but I wanted to see other pet-owners opinions. Does it sound like a food allergy to you? She doesn't seem to be having any other problems, she's just as lovable and roams the house as usual. I figured I'd hold off on calling the vet (who will charge me an arm and a leg for a vet visit) until I switch her back to her normal food and see if that helps alleviate the problem. Does anyone have any suggestions though of anything I can put on her back to maybe help the healing process? Or should I just leave the area alone?