My cat has clumps of fur sticking together and bad dandruff

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My cat is about 17 years old in human years. The past year we have noticed he has gotten thinner and drinking more water. Recently we've noticed his hearing has gone. He still eats, runs around and jumps on high counters. Anyway, he has really bad dandruff and in his fur he has different spots of hair clumped and stuck together. If we took him to the vet in a car, that would probably kill him. What can I do? P.S. We have tried to brush out the fur and it works, but it hurts him.

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  • sherry LaRosa-Silvestrisherry LaRosa-Silvestri willow groveMember Posts: 888
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    It sounds like the old guy needs to see a vet. Are there any vets in your area that make house calls? He may have a thyroid problem or a kidney problem besides the skin issues. He really needs to be seen. Check around for a vet who makes house calls. Best wishes to the old guy, and hope he is on the way to a speedy recovery once he has been diagnosed and treated!
  • denise whitedenise white Member Posts: 3
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    Hi, my cat is 17years old. She is very thin in the back and very light, her fur is clumped in places and dull plus her toilet is lose. I took her to the vets and they found she was very low in potassium with a blood test, which can cause the above. She is now put on medication for potassium deficiancy. Im not saying this is the problem with your cat but i do recommend that he goes to the vets to get checked out for you not to worry.
  • chris schilkchris schilk PHILLYMember Posts: 10
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    MY CAT "TAJA" IS ALSO 17+ YEARS OLD.MOM HAS HAD TO DEAL WITH SAME PROBLEM WITH EXCESSIVE DANDER AND FUR MATTING.MOM'S ADVISE; BRUSH VERY GENTLY THEN TRY TO SEPERATE THE MATTED CLUMPS OF FUR BY HAND. TAKE YOUR TIME AS THIS DANDER/MATTING PROBLEM IS SO VERY PAINFUL.(JUST IMAGINE IF IT WERE OUR HAIR,LIKE THAT)AFTER ALL OF THIS YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO CUT OUT THESE PAINFUL CLUMPS WITH SCISSORS. ***EXTREME CAUTION ***!DO NOT CUT CLOSE TO THE SKIN, JUST ABOUT 1/2 WAY DOWN. YOU CERTAINLY DO NOT WANT A BLEEDING CAT WITH SORES THAT CAN BECOME INFECTED.THIS WILL TAKE TIME, GIVE YOUR KITTY & YOURSELF A BREAK. TRY AGAIN TOMORROW. REPEAT THESE STEPS UNTIL ALL CLUMPS ARE GONE.LARGE SCISSORS WORK BEST.AS FAR AS THE CAUSE; TAJA HAD THYROID PROBLEMS.STRESS ALSO CAN CAUSE THIS.WE LIVE IN COLORADO WITH THE HIGH ALTITUDE,THE AIR IS VERY DRY.WE USE A HUMIDIFER WHICH SEEMS TO REALLY HELP.MOST IMPORTANT, A VET IS THE EXPERT.WE MUST BE VERY CAREFUL WITH OUR OLDER CATS.PRAY, PRAY AND PRAY !
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