My cat has two small scabs on her ear from flea bites. She also had a couple on her neck, but those have almost completely healed. We've treated the fleas, and last week when she was bathed and groomed (she's also had a bad prob with hairballs), the vet found only one dead flea. But, she keeps scratching at the scabs, re-opening them. Each time I think I've got it healed, she scratches at them. I've been putting peroxide and antibiotic cream on it, but it doesn't help. I think it could partly be the cold, dry weather. My skin has so dry, and so has Maisey's - I see little dandruff flakes where she lays. We didn't have this problem until I moved back to my parents' home - it seems so much drier here, and maybe there are allergy issues since we live in teh country. I can't sleep without taking an aspirin because my skin is so dry and itchy! Anyway, I don't know what can be done for Maisey. I'm so frustrated because we just got her barfing/hairball problem whipped. Now her poor ear is continually red. Sigh, I don't know how I am ever going to get my apartment in the spring if all my money is spent on vet bills! My friend who works at a vet's office said that I can give a small amount of Benadryl to her to help her from scratching so much. She was going to send me the dosage info, but I guess forgot. I need to get ahold of her. But, what do you think the culprit is? She is a nervous cat - always biting and scratching. I know her skin is very dry. This is probably the main issue, since her skin can't heal. But, I hate to give her medicine to numb the itch (like I do for myself every night). It's strange, in the city, an hour away, I didn't have a dry skin problem. Now it's horrible, and at my apt. in town I had several years ago, I also had the itchies really bad. I'm going to try a Vaporizor - getting a little moist air in here. I've been giving Maisey a tsp. of olive oil each day and take fish oil capsules myself. What else can be done for the existing marks? I've heard of them giving shots for allergies, but how can we know what the cat has? I want to have some ideas so that if I do have to go to the vet (AGAIN - sigh), I will know what to ask. Or maybe I can do something at home that will clear it up (yeah, yeah - because I have a second part-time job starting next week, and I NEED to be concentrating on that!).
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11/25/07 at 6:08pm