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Q: OIly Fur Standing Up on Cats?

March 9, 2012 | By Jillian | 3 answers | Expired: 945 days ago

Jillian

This seems like a bizarre symptom, but I read it on a symptom list the other day and can't remember what it was for. When I got back to David's, Comrade had developed this symptom. For at least 24 hours {up to 36 hours, b/c I'm unsure how long it's been}, the fur down her back is standing straight up as though there's static electricity caught in it {though there's not}, and it's very oily looking only in that area.

Any idea what this could be? I think I was going down a list of malabsorption illnesses at the time I found it, but I can't remember clearly.

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Kelly
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Mar 09, 2012

I know that diabetes can cause oily fur in cats. There are a variety of non-disease related reasons ranging from obesity resulting in them not being able to groom to flea allergies, but since this is happening to Comrade, I would have to assume it's a disease process. I once had a cat, Katy, who developed very oily fur. Her immune system was shot, but the vet never figured out why.

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Ches21
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Mar 09, 2012

Shorty gets this and we think it's nothing to worry about the vet has reasured us too the vet said it is either a strange reaction to the steriod shots or a strange reaction to his flea medicine for flea meds he gets usaully revelution or advantage But Shorty is the only cat I have ever seen with a permanant mohawk we have tried everything to get rid of it nothing works so I geuss this mohawk just makes him a uniqe cat but it might be diffrent for a dog!

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Ches21
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Mar 09, 2012

Sorry I just saw it is about cats but the thing about Shorty still might help he is a kitty!

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