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Hot Spot?

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I've been noticing lately that Misty is cleaning her belly quite often. She is usually a bit OCD about grooming so at first I didn't think much of it. Well, I checked last night and she has 2 small areas (each about the size of a nickle or a bit smaller) that appear to be raw. Almost like a skinned knee would look. I touched them and they are a bit sensitive. Is there anything I can put on them to help heal that won't hurt her if she ingests it?

PS - She does have a vet appointment but it is not until Wednesday. I'm just trying to help her be more comfortable until then. The sores are not infected looking or bleeding. Any thoughts?
post #2 of 5
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I can tell it is bothering her
post #3 of 5
My cat Cinnie had hot spots, hers were due to flea bites, she is highly allergic to them. I was afraid to put anything on them because they lick it off. I did put a little cortizone cream on a tiny bit and worked it in until I got her to the Vet. I kept watching her so she wouldn't lick it. I was also using warm compresses to keep it clean.

You might try a search on this site, there's probably a lot of posts about this.

Good luck. Please let us know how it goes.
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My cat, Phoebe, licked her tummy for about 2 years off and on. It got to the point where it was just a mess. No bleeding to speak of...just raw. It didn't seem to bother her. But I did take her to the Vet. We tried change of diet and some depo shots. It worked for a while, then she was back at it. It seemed compulsive...as if when something bothered her....she'd lick furiously.

Finally, the Vet had a formulation prepared..suited to her age and weight that I rubbed on the inside of her ears, alternating each day. I believe the dosage lasted about 20 days. It cured her. She hasn't licked that way since. The fur has grown back, but not to what it was before.

The creme was an anti-anxiety medication. Can't think of the name right now, but I've heard that people use it too (but not on their ears..LOL)
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We just got back from the vet and it is not a hot spot after all. She said it was eosinophilic granuloma complex (ie an allergic reaction). She said most likely it is to her food, although she's been eating the same all her life (Misty will be 3 in August).

Does anyone have any experience? Misty got a steroid shot in the rear end and sent home. The vet highly recommends prescription food too although I'm not a fan of SD.

I'm off to do some research, but I always stop here first!

Thanks guys!
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