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Old 06-30-2008, 07:33 PM
 
Location: a nation in decline
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Default Oily Coat - Why?

My Maine Coon cat, a hefty 22 pouder, has a big, oily coat. It doesn't seem to be a result of his food, as I've tried several high quality foods and nothing seems to improve it.

His litter mate, a puny 18 pounder, has a beautiful, shiny, sleek coat - a bit shorter than his brother, but still long. It stays in great condition.

They both eat the same food (both dry and wet). I've tried Innova, Wellness and a couple others. The canned food is mostly Friskies loaf, though they get canned Wellness and Innova also.

Any ideas why his coat is so oily?
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Old 07-03-2008, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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I'd recommend taking him to a vet to have it checked out and some blood tests done, especially since they are both eating the same food and only one has the oily coat. It could be a thyroid issue.
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Old 07-08-2008, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Texas...bout to move to wv
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his oil glands are prob. to active....my old cat was the same way....we fed him hidden valley ranch dressing on any human food he got and it made him shiny.....ranch is very good for the coats....
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Old 07-08-2008, 02:49 PM
 
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his oil glands are prob. to active....my old cat was the same way....we fed him hidden valley ranch dressing on any human food he got and it made him shiny.....ranch is very good for the coats....
That's very interesting...How does that reduce the oily glands?
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Old 07-08-2008, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Texas...bout to move to wv
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I really am not sure...some ingredient... I asked my vet if that was safe and he said yes....I went away for 2 weeks came home and the sitter didnt give him ranch and he was oily beyond belife.... so i started him on it again and it went away again....
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Old 07-08-2008, 06:09 PM
 
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Very often an oily coat is NOT a good sign. My poor old Mickey (also a Maine Coon) had that when he was very ill. Too ill, I think to clean his coat.
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:15 AM
 
Location: Maui
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Main Coons normally have oily coats and this is to shed water/snow when they are outside (in the wild) - it's just a genetic thing for them and Norweigan Forest cats. If you have a Main Coon read up on the breed My two big guys coats shine and they ARE NOT sick by any means. Heavens don't give them any salad dressing!
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Old 07-09-2008, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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Default Thyroid

Could be an overactive Thyroid. Prior to my cat being diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism his coat was very oily. Some cats lose a lot of weight with hyperthyroidism, but mine didn't lose an ounce. A CBC blood panel will show any abnormalities.
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