Patches: Tackling skin issues in CatsInspiring Pet Tails 5 min read
Patches’ mum Thirza has been a part of the #NHVpets family for a long time. We were there to help her when her cat Tiger had an allergic reaction to some flea treatment and we there to help her when her cat Spook was battling diabetes and eventually skin cancer. With all the conversations everyday about spook’s health, his diet and his comfort, Spook actually became a very dear part of our family.
One of the many days that Thirza and the NHV team would exchange notes about Spook’s health we got to know about Patches’ skin issues. Before we could help Patches we needed to know a little about the back story behind her current condition. Thirza shared with us first the lovely story about how she came to have Patches.
Patches was nearly 1yr old when we took her in. She and her brother roamed the garden of the house me we had just moved into, in December 2008. Because of the harsh winter we put out food and so it came to pass they turned from stray to house cats.As far as I remember Patches turned a bit stressy when she got older. When she first came to live with us, she became really close to our older black Stimpy, also a former stray who I took in as a 7wk old kitten but had to hand over to my brother. Stimpy suffered greatly from anxiety and turned aggressive towards most others, but never Patches. When Stimpy passed, Patches mourned and her skin got worse. That was in 2011. When I moved out I took Patches and Bowie with me. Less cats meant also less stress, but Bowie harassed her and then Tiger and Spook came back with me as well, and her skin worsened.
Her skin got better. Less flaky. Less itchy. She got more energetic as well. Now, after the Stimmune last year and with Bowie and Spook both across the Rainbow Bridge and a change in diet (She and her brother get special food adapted to their age), she is doing so very good. I still have Stimmune and MultiEssentials in the cupboard. Just in case.
Patches Update – March 2020
Patches had stopped taking the supplements and with the cold weather, she was staying home with her siblings, which didn’t help with her stress levels. She had to go back on the supplements.
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Today, our BattletankPrincess is back on a treatment of Stimmune and Matricalm. She was doing fairly well on the Anxiety and Flakey Fur department, but I noticed her lately keeping closer to us, asking for reassurance, particularly when Peaches is around. Peaches and Tiger have this great desire to roam the gardens but when the weather is bad, I much rather keep them indoors: Tiger is pretending not to hurt from his sore joints (his hind legs in particular) and Peaches would stay out till soaked to the skin… . So when they have to stay in, they take out their frustration on Patches. Result is a break-out in flakes and overall skittish behaviour. . . #nhv #nhvnaturalselfie #petsupplements #mycatpatches
After a few weeks, we received the best news from Thirza, Patches meowmy, saying Matricalm has helped Patches with stress and she is getting along better with her siblings, making her health conditions better.
Also, the Matricalm vety obviously helps Patches. She is far more at ease, even with the others around. She licks Spottedleaf’s head, she grooms Tiger now and then, only with Peach she remains vigilant, but it does happen they rub faces. All since they both are on Matricalm.
Patches’ mom is a part of our family and we are happy to be there for her whenever she needs us. She tries to do everything she can to support pets in need of rescue. In fact, all her cats were rescued from the streets and the latest edition to her family was literally tossed into her garden from over the fence. She is a rescue mom who loves to look after animals everywhere, and she likes to think natural first. Just the dearest NHV Cat Mom.
Right after two weeks of using Matricalm and Coco Furcare, Patches’s mom reached out to us telling us how her girl is feeling calmer and much happier.
Skin issues in cats and dogs are very difficult to tackle. The problem starts with identifying the cause which can be anything from food intolerances, pollen, dust, mites, a laundry detergent…the list if long. We are always happy to work with you and your vet as you figure this out. And while you do this, you’ve got NHV supplements to help. Just reach out!
Published: September 25, 2019