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C2009-29

Dear Christopher Cat

My cat Dexter has bald spots on each side of his face, between his eyes and ears. The vet says they’re normal, but I’d like to restore his hair growth by applying some Rogaine to the bald spots. How much should I use, and how often should I apply it?

Christopher Responds

Despite having the same bald spots, I am happy with my handsome face. Besides, nothing will safely regrow the hair.

Never use Rogaine, known generically as minoxidil, on Dexter. It is very toxic to us cats, even when it’s applied to our skin.

We lack the enzyme necessary to metabolize the drug, so it can be lethal. In fact, several cats have died of Rogaine toxicity.

Within a day of exposure, cats become lethargic and develop breathing problems. The drug causes fluid leakage from their lungs, low blood pressure and heart damage.

So forget about the Rogaine, unless you’re using it on yourself, and accept Dexter as he is.

 

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