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post #1 of 11
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So I friend of mine has a cat that has been in pretty bad shape for a few months now. The cat has a lot of scab-type things all over her face and body. She used to have a little dog that used to go after the cat so she thought the scabs where from the dog, but she got rid of the dog and she has only gotten worse. After I recent visit I noticed that the cat hasn't gotten any better so I offered to take the cat to the vet that I've used for years and trust (because she lives in a small town with a crappy vet). Here are some pictures of how she looks (sorry some are blurry). If you have any ideas on what the problem could be that would be great. I would like to get some sort of idea before I take her in, in a few days.
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post #2 of 11
There are a lot of possibilities, including parasites/fleas and food allergies. Is the kitty on any kind of flea preventative? What does she eat?
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There are a lot of possibilities, including parasites/fleas and food allergies. Is the kitty on any kind of flea preventative? What does she eat?
plus acne, dryskin, environmental allergies, ringworm, herpes all leave lesions as well. But I've not heard of acne on the body, and also thought herpes sores usually appear on the face.

Kizzy's had ringworm, but the pics don't look like what he had.... he also had dry skin sores (the hair would try to grow and end up grown under the dry skin scaling and make a sore....I had to fluff up the hair and remove the dry scab like things then he was fine...

Sorry, I don't think anyone will be able to offer a suggestion because there are so many different possibilities.

I hope it goes well at the vet, please post an update when you know what it is.
post #4 of 11
That poor cat must be so uncomfortable. I hope you get him to the vet soon.
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plus acne, dryskin, environmental allergies, ringworm, herpes all leave lesions as well. But I've not heard of acne on the body, and also thought herpes sores usually appear on the face.
these look exactly like Pixel's herpes sores. during her first flare-up, she also got them on her front legs [the ones she uses to wash her face with, you know?] & the 1st vet i took her to thought it was an allergy. but when that treatment failed to help, & the sores spread to her legs, i took her to a different vet, who said it was herpes. the treatment [lysine] had the sores drying up w/in about 3-4 days, & they completely disappeared w/in about 10 days.
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these look exactly like Pixel's herpes sores. during her first flare-up, she also got them on her front legs [the ones she uses to wash her face with, you know?] & the 1st vet i took her to thought it was an allergy. but when that treatment failed to help, & the sores spread to her legs, i took her to a different vet, who said it was herpes. the treatment [lysine] had the sores drying up w/in about 3-4 days, & they completely disappeared w/in about 10 days.
Is that contagious to other cats? I'm worried that having handled my friends cat I could spread something to my poor Panther!
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Is that contagious to other cats? I'm worried that having handled my friends cat I could spread something to my poor Panther!
don't think so - i have 5 cats, & Pixel is the only one that has symptoms. right now she & Cable are sleeping face to face. if it was contagious, Cable would have it, too, & she doesn't.
post #8 of 11
Well, feline herpes is contagious, but the odds are good your cat was exposed to it long ago. Almost all cats are, almost from birth.
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these look exactly like Pixel's herpes sores. during her first flare-up, she also got them on her front legs [the ones she uses to wash her face with, you know?] & the 1st vet i took her to thought it was an allergy. but when that treatment failed to help, & the sores spread to her legs, i took her to a different vet, who said it was herpes. the treatment [lysine] had the sores drying up w/in about 3-4 days, & they completely disappeared w/in about 10 days.
ah, interesting... thanks for sharing. I did not know that. I've always heard of the sores appearing on the face. Good to know
post #10 of 11
Please get this kitty to a vet asap. Likely it is something very treatable but kitty must be suffering
post #11 of 11
Oh the poor baby The sooner you take her to the vet the better.

Please let us know what the vet said, but i would take her sooner rather than later
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