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eightdegrees
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From: Columbia, SC, USA
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posted September 23, 2006 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eightdegrees     Edit/Delete Message
My cat is 2 1/2 and the last few weeks I've seen a lot of gray hair develop around her neck. Is that something I should be worried about since she's so young? She also has a gum imflammation problem, and the vet said it's not that common in young cats. Could she be aging prematurely or something? Thanks,

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libraschoice7
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posted September 23, 2006 09:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for libraschoice7     Edit/Delete Message
It's funny that you mention that, because we have a black domestic long haired cat, and she's got alot of grey in her fur, shes about as young as your cat. Before we adopted her we found out from the shelter she came from an abusive home, probably all the stress just like people that causes it.(as far as the gum problem I am not quit sure about that) I think animals get worried and stressed just like humans sometimes

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angel_of_hope
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posted September 26, 2006 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for angel_of_hope     Edit/Delete Message
How strange that this should be brought up. My man and i just noticed last night that our puppy, who will be 2 in January, has alot of grey/white hair around her snout and under her chin. I think the stress is a big thing. She had a pretty extensive surgery at 4 months that put her down for 3 months afterwards.

As for the gums ... my cat will be 4 in November. Last year he had to have a good thorough cleaning done. The vet also told me that its not the common to have to do one at his age. She asked about the brand of food i feed him ... i used to feed him Iams (sp?)adult formula. However, i have switched to "Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul" He and my female love it. I check their teeth every couple of weeks and his are sooo bright and shiney. So it could be a matter of diet. I know food effects each animal diffrently, much like us humans. So you may want to try switching diets. The Iam's food was round lil pellets while the Chicken Soup is almost star shaped pieces ... the vet also explained to me how the shape helps rid the teeth of tarter. For some reason the star shape is able to clean more of the tarter as they eat where as the pellets dont do that well. Although, sometimes you are unable to tell what shape the food when its in a sealed bag - unless they have pictures.

Soft food is a no-no. I use it as a once in a while treat - or special occasions, like Christmas or Thanksgiving or even their Birthdays. But soft food does nothing to assist in cleaning the teeth.

Hope that helps!

ang-

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libraschoice7
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posted September 27, 2006 06:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for libraschoice7     Edit/Delete Message
I am going to have to tell the boyfriend about looking for the star shaped food next time he goes to get our puddy gato her food

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angel_of_hope
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posted September 28, 2006 02:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for angel_of_hope     Edit/Delete Message
Anything thats not pellets or round will work.

I looked closer at the food last night and ours is more of an X shape. (why i thought star i dunno) I think the reasoning behind the shape is, for example the X it can get in between the teeth more and around the gums than just chewing a pellet/round piece of food in half. The odd shapped breaks into more pieces.

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