My Cat Is Odd

This post is a bit of a random one (as per usual!) But as I am not getting out the house much at the moment, and I have no one else to talk to bore about my cat with other than Rob and my family on the phone, I thought that I would have a quick natter with the silent internet about my strange little fur baby.

I will get straight to the point here – she has a bald belly.

Its pink, its ugly and its a bit disturbing. And yep, I have Googled its potential cause countless times, and yep, I have taken her to the vets with it, and yep, when she lays down and it creases in the middle it looks a bit like a bald minge!

Have a look at the (not great mobile) photos below and see what you think (sorry I never managed to capture it properly in its full, creased mingey glory!) –Google says that its down to stress or fleas. She hasn’t got fleas (confirmed by the vet, thank goodness) and we moved house (the main cause of stress in cats) ages ago and she settled fine.

The vet thinks its an allergy and charged us £60 for a consultation and injection. The injection did seem to work, with a little hair growing back, so I cancelled her follow up appointment. But since then the baldy belly has returned with a vengeance! And if we took her back to the vets we would only end up spending a small fortune on inconclusive tests and be none the wiser.
Now that I have typed that statement out, I feel like the worst cat owner in the world by not following things up and spending a shitload of money trying to find the cause! But she is fine in herself, eating well and behaving normally – she just over grooms her fat little belly!

Rob, myself and the family think that she might be having a phantom pregnancy!

I cannot remember exactly when the baldness appeared, but Im sure that it was late last summer, around the time that my pregnancy began to show. Poppy has been fixed and has never had a litter of kittens, but she is a sensitive, emotional little thing, so I think that she picked up on my hormones. She used to sit on my lap purring away when Dylan kicked her when I was expecting, and so far has only been curious about him, wants to be near him and wants to cuddle up to him in a nurturing way.

My mother is a bit neurotic about the cat and Dylan. She thinks that Poppy might attack or smother him! This stems from the fact that her rescue cat Oxo is unfriendly and is a bad tempered biter (its not her fault, she just had a troubled past) and that when I was a baby she found our old family pet cat Daisy sitting on me when I was asleep! So mum thinks that Poppy is going to eat Dylan, when in reality she is a soppy wimp that has never killed any prey and loves her cuddles with Rob and I!

According to the internet pregnant and lactating cats sometimes shed hair on their bellies and devoted cats can be protective of the people-kitten!

What do you think? Will she try to breast feed him next? Or is she just stressed and overwhelmed by all the changes in the last year?

What a strange little cat Poppy is, eh!

2 Thoughts on “My Cat Is Odd

  1. Ruth on 30/01/2017 at 10:29 PM said:

    Poor old thing, but if it doesn’t bother her then it doesn’t sound worth the expense or hassle to go through a load of tests, does it.

    Maybe you could start a business in merkins for cats!!
    My cat sheds enough to donate to the cause, she’s a shorthair but there is still no end of hair balls floating around, in fact at this stage I’d quite fancy a bald cat. Gosh that sounds a bit dodgy!

    • Helen on 30/01/2017 at 11:23 PM said:

      Haha maybe she could get a vagazzle instead!! I think I could make her a merkin from her own hair, she sheds enough herself and seems to have started moulting already in January!

      She has quite small squinty eyes and a while back I took her to the vets because they were all puffy and gunky. We got two sets of drops which were fun to give her and on her follow up appointment the vet then said that she needed an operation to trim her eyelids down. She needed cat plastic surgery! I saw another vet about it who wanted to charge me £200 for a skin test which I didn’t do (I am really making myself sound like such a terrible cat owner here, but we were getting no where and spending lots of money in doing so – and again she was fine in herself, just the gunky eyes). In the end I changed her food to a grain free one and her eyes improved, be it they are still small and squinty – my BIL calls her Squint Eastwood!

      I do feel sorry for her ATM as she is not getting her usual amount of fuss and cuddles. No wonder her belly is getting balder! Poor little thing! I hope it grows back! x

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