My family's cat, Paka, started with a fur***ing problem one year
when my mother shaved both her and our d*g after dealing with a flea
problem for way too long. Paka has thick long hair, and we could
never get the flea shampoo deep enough. The d*g, Sam, also
had dense curly hair. I thought my mom went a little nuts when
she tried vacuuming the animals, but she really went off the
deep end with the clippers. (Since my mom was the *** animal,
both of them put up with it in a sort of resigned way).
Needless to say, the fur didn't want to come back. It grew in
part way, but then she started***ing it off of her tail. Later
she***ed it off of her forearms, then her hindquarters, then
everywhere she could reach. The only place she had real fur
was around her head and shoulders. Everywhere else was covered
with light beige underfur. Since she was a really beautiful
cat before, she looked awfully weird.
Together with our vet, we tried all sorts of things to get her
to stop***ing. We changed her dishes, her food, sequestered
her from Sam, and after Sam passed away, the new d*g. We tried
a variety of different medications, but she still***ed. Finally,
the vet reluctantly gave her steroids. This helped for a couple
of months, but when the shot finally wore off, she was back to
the***ing thing, and the fur had not quite grown back yet.
Just last year, my parents decided to give her regular shots
of steroids, since she stopped***ing during those times. We
figured that the growing back fur must be itching her, and that
the steroids dampened the irritation. Also, perhaps after***ing for
years she just developed a habit.
I went home in December, and I couldn't believe she was the same cat.
It's been about 7 years that she was without fur, and now she looks
normal again. I had forgotten how really beautiful she was. My
friends noticed too, they thought we got a new cat. Maybe she is.
Now that her coat is fully developed once again, my parents have
discontinued the steroids. They are keeping a close eye on her
to make sure she doesn't start with the***ing again. She's
much happier now too. She's become demandingly affectionate
now that she has all her fur, and she purrs all the time, something
she never did, even before she was shaved.
She's about 12 now, and I'm so glad she's whole again.