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feline cutaneous asthenia (FCA)

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Ruby Tuesday

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Purred: Thu Nov 5, '09 3:13am PST 
Hi, I'm not sure if youre still interested in info, but I am a gorgeous black kitten living with FCA. I have super stretchy skin but I don't suffer from any wounds so my human-mommy decided to let me have a chance since she loves me so so much. I have one surviving brother who also has this disease in mild form and is happy and alive. Unfortunately I have one brother and one sister who had this disease in a severe form and had awful wounds all over; the brother (Leo) that had to be put to sleep had it really bad and his paw tore all the way open from catching a string frown My mom checks me for wounds but I'm fine. To help minimize the chance we will get booboos she cuts our front nails every 1-2 weeks. I hate it but its for my safety. How are you doing?
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Gus,- cutaneous- asthenia- kitty

Gus - Mr. Purrsonality
 
 
Purred: Fri May 21, '10 12:14am PST 
Ruby - would love to correspond. I am a 10-year old cutaneous asthenia kitty. I have a FB fan page under "Carolina Cats" and my e-mail is carocats@lycos.com
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Purred: Fri Jul 20, '12 6:21am PST 
cutaneous asthenia ~my cat has this. Its stretchy skin disease. After many open wounds and two surgeries because of it we finally have removed the cat from his brother and its working. These cats need to be in a home where their are NO other animals. It also helps to have them de~clawed completely.
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Purred: Fri Jul 20, '12 6:22am PST 
cutaneous asthenia ~my cat has this. Its stretchy skin disease. After many open wounds and two surgeries because of it we finally have removed the cat from his brother and its working. These cats need to be in a home where their are NO other animals. It also helps to have them de~clawed completely.
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07/31/2014
 
 
Purred: Thu Jul 31, '14 10:02pm PST 
Just in case anyone still reads this thread, I would like to add to it. I have a 3 1/2 year old cat with cutaneous asthenia. Her name is Churchill. She was feral, found in a shed along with her sister when they were about a month old. I first learned she had this condition when the vet visits became frequent due to the wounds she had from her sister grooming her. Then she started going outside. She could not be stopped from going outside. She ended up with fleas, which took a while to eradicate from her sister and the house, and even longer to get them off of her.. it aggravated her wounds, and the flea pill the vet gave me worked for her sister but did not work for her because of all of her extra skin and the way her skin worked. So I bought a bottle of frontline spray, manually applied it, it worked perfectly and that's what we have been doing ever since. I just assume it is the feral kitty in her, but today she is an indoor/outdoor cat and also an avid hunter. She brings me birds, mice and even baby rabbits. She climbs trees, and takes naps in my car when I leave the windows down. She is extremely loveable and sleeps on my kid's beds with them at night. I treat her wounds with antibiotic powder, and her "problem eye" with eye drops. She isn't the prettiest thing to look at and many people are shocked when they see her. But she is beautiful to us.
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Sirius

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Purred: Fri Mar 27, '15 2:36pm PST 
Hi Zeus! I'm Sirius, and I have FCA too. I'm not sure how severe mine is, honestly I hardly realize I have a disorder, but my mom worries about me all the time. I love to jump around, particularly from high places, and rough house with my siblings Joey and Helena; but every time I try to play my mom gets anxious and fusses over me. Sometimes moms can be so overprotective, can't they? Any way I used to get very bad open wounds around my head, neck, and shoulders. They would get so bad I would have to wear this horrible cone and sometimes even a sweater! I have been better behaved lately though, I haven't had to wear either one for months. I don't like getting my claws clipped, but now that my mom has me on Comfortis I hardly have a reason to scratch anymore. I would like to know if your skin stretches and sags though; my belly swings low to the ground and it really worries my mom how saggy it is....I'm kind of a fat cat (I weigh about 10 pounds) but she worries nonetheless. I hope your own symptoms are mild and that we can get in touch soon smile
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Chloe (1996 - 2012)

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Purred: Sat Mar 28, '15 7:30am PST 
FCA is actually the disease that causes “winged cats.” Technically, there are other diseases that can cause this, but FCA is the most common. It is related to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome in humans. I hope you don’t become a winged kitty!

Chloe's Mom
Licensed Veterinary Technician

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