Help with cat that sheds ashy particles
January 8, 2008 1:45 PM Subscribe
My cat is shedding fine dark particles that look like ash...
posted by frosty_hut to Pets & Animals (22 answers total)
Our cat is seven years old and is suddenly shedding fine dark particles of some substance I can't identify. There's tons of it. Don't know where it's coming from--she's an indoor cat. We have one large planter with a single plant, and she sniffs the leaves, but I don't think she's actually jumping up into the soil. This stuff doesn't really look like soil. It's both gritty and flaky and dark gray or black. It's on the sofa and in our bedsheets and whereever she parks herself that day.
We've noticed she's cleaning herself obsessively, and I wonder if it's bothering her too. She doesn't seem to be scratching, so I don't think its fleas. I thought it might be from her litter box, but we change it out and use different kinds. Anyway, it's not coming from her paws--it's mostly on her back, and comes off when I brush her. It looks like ash, but we don't have a fireplace.
My husband's suggestion was that the heaters where we are, which are square vents stuck in the wall in four places, might be the culprit. Our condo is a converted apartment, and the contractors did some cosmetic work but didn't take care of underlying problems we've had since moving in--electrical, plumbing, etc.
I would appreciate any thoughts if you have them. If this continues, we'll take her to the vet.