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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.