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My cat has the same problem. Two vets later, medicine after medicine, treated for ear infections, wore cones on his head, etc. He was diagnosed wrong for a year. Finally found out he has Feline aids. I wasn't happy but at lease now when he starts scratching it can be stop with the meds his now VET gives to him. It works instantly. It's called prednisone and he takes 1 mil a day for two weeks. Then I guess he goes into remission. But it does start up again 6 or so months later and back to the vet for more prednisone. I hope this is not your cats issue but check it out. The vet only needs a small amount of blook from your cat to diagnose this disease. don't let them tell you that they have to send it out and do alot of other tests. They just want your money. Even the Vet I take my cat to won't give me his prednisone untill he sees that he is bleeding, which I beleive is so wrong.
My cat would scratch herself until she had open sores. She was lethargic, and her coat was thin. My vet suggested an expensive prescription food, which helped a little, but didn’t really solve the problem. We then added a daily dose of Cyclosporine, an anti-allergy drug, to her diet, and that helped a little more. But my poor kitty still suffered occasional bouts of allergy-related symptoms. As she went through another period of losing her coat, being lethargic, coughing up lots of hairballs, and just generally seeming miserable, I got desperate to help her and started researching online. I came across a website that praised raw food over ANY (even the most expensive) dry food. After doing a bit of reading on the subject, we switched to a commercially available ground raw food, then to a whole prey diet as I learned about the benefits to her dental health. Bottom line, she is doing awesome on this new whole, raw diet. No expensive prescription food, no expensive allergy drugs. Her coat is thick and gorgeous; she’s energetic; and I’m spending way less on her food. I am so grateful to the websites devoted to whole raw diets for cats AND dogs. The info I found on them made SUCH a difference for my kitty!
My cat does this occasionally. His are always about quarter sized. I think he does it because he doesn't want to wear a collar?
Anyways, I've found that restricting access to the wound is key to helping it heal. What I do is make a turtle neck for him. I take an old sock and I cut off the toe part. Then I cut 2 large holes in the sides and when I put it on him, The ankle part of the sock is the turtle neck. This works best with a tube sock..
It keeps him from having access to the cut and it heals up in about a week or so. I usually apply some aquaphor to it once or twice a day while its open.
I think they have products on the market that work in the same way. But I like my turtleneck sock best. lol
Hope this helps.
This is exactly what my cat is going through. He scratches all over until he bleeds, especially around his head. I put a cone on him but he still manages to find ways to scratch himself. I also got him one of those comfort zone pheromone diffusers, but that didn't seem to calm him down. I thought it was fleas, because we've been struggling to keep them out of the apartment where I live. He also will only stay in the bathroom where there is laminate floors, he wont walk on the carpets at all. At my parents house, where the entire house is hard wood, he walks around everywhere. But I haven't seen any fleas on him, and he just continues to scratch. Im scared for him and just want him to get better, but Im not sure what else to do.
Binx a male black cat that followed me home and took in. Is doing the same thing I thought he was allergic to the collar my sister got him and he started to lose his fur around his neck and our dad was a vet tech so he would say that is normal for a animal that hasn't worn a collar before but he kept scratching at his when the skin became exposed and thing morning when i woke up the back of his neck was bleeding because there was a patch of matted exposed skin and did quick thinking and but a red piece of fabric on so he wouldn't bleed all over the place and i warned my sister to be careful around his neck she looks at her phone, but i need a second opinion on what i did was either smart or lame because we don't have any real bandages
here is his neck wrapped about two mins later the fabric stops him from getting to the wound on his neck please tell me what i should later if this happens again?
My cat does this too. Took her to the vet and he couldn't find anything wrong with her. Nothing in our life was changed or upsetting hers. He thought possibly that, like a dog, she may have a "hot spot". Although cats are not diagnosed with this problem. Chloe will scratch til she bleeds, I wash her, shave the area. use medicated ointment prescribed and that seems to help. I love the sock idea!!! I will definitely use one next time. It's very upsetting when she does this. We all love our babies and just feel so helpless when they can't talk to us!!! arg!
Fleas can hop on you outside and come in. Just because a cat is indoors only doesn't mean they won't get fleas. You can get an inexpensive flea comb at a pet store or even Target. It's a comb that has teeth very close together. Comb the cat's fur where tail and back meet. Fleas will come with the comb if there are any and flea dander will appear. Comb the cat all over too to make sure.
Stress can cause a cat to over groom and scratch too as you've noted. Once there is a break in the skin, it probably burns and itches more resulting in more scratching. Cats can get dermatitis just like people. It often results from fleas. Those things are really persistent despite everything people try to control them.