16Feb21: if it itches…

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    • Yes, he does. I have to feed him mostly chicken for that reason. He seems to handle tuna, too, which is good because he comes running when I open a can of chunk albacore! (Oddly, he won’t eat the albacore, but he love, love, loves the water off the fish!)

          • I tossed that out as an alternative possibility to fleas, which has never been a problem in any cat I have had since my first ones in 2009. Frankly, I have problems with humidity and am uncomfortable with levels untypical of this climate. I couldn’t breathe comfortably in Charleston, SC in May when I had a business trip there several years back. The humidity was horrendous. Anyway, Andy hasn’t been scratching a lot since this post, nor was he scratching a lot before. I think it could have been a reaction to a new flavor of treat I just got for him, since he has shown to have some food allergies. Whatever the problem it cleared up since the one day of this post.

          • Another possibility that just hit – when his fur is that long, he collects a lot of dust off his litter. Since it is a clumping-style litter, that possibly is an irritant. It takes a bit of effort, but he spends time cleaning up and his fur eventually returns to its normal soft state. I do know that since his haircut in particular, he hasn’t had the problem.

          • I am happy to hear that the little darling is fine.
            Isn’t it interesting how our bodies adjust to environment to the extent that any variations of it become acutely uncomfortable? Charleston is pretty unbearable, I agree. South Florida is a bit better, but not much. Yet I am so used to it by now that I don’t think I could survive in a cold, dry climate.

          • Acclimation definitely determines how well one does where they are. I doubt I’d handle the acclimation time, even, of Charleston these days. Though the city and area are historically interesting and the food is great, that humidity is killer in May. I can imagine going into summer it must be worse

          • I know that in historic times the white plantation owners went inland to cooler places during the hot part of the year.

          • I had a birding day while there with the state coordinator for the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), which I was participating in back then in Nebraska, so I felt pretty privileged! While in the Francis Marion National Forest, he pointed out former indigo fields. I noted I’d die in the heat and humidity had I been a slave working those fields in summer, and he noted those were two factors that sent the white masters and families upland to enjoy cooler, less humid summers.

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