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Stray cat skin condition

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I have one cat of my own and two strays that I feed (that I'm sure I'll eventually end up adopting). Both have a skin condition that causes a lot of little scabby bumps on their skin. When I'm rubbing them sometime it workes the scabs loose and a patch of hair comes off in the scab. One cat is much more severe than the other. Any idea what this is?
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Originally Posted by catscratchfever
I have one cat of my own and two strays that I feed (that I'm sure I'll eventually end up adopting). Both have a skin condition that causes a lot of little scabby bumps on their skin. When I'm rubbing them sometime it workes the scabs loose and a patch of hair comes off in the scab. One cat is much more severe than the other. Any idea what this is?
It could be a number of things!!! I would not rub the scabs, this could be spreading things around! I would go to the vet sooner than later!!!
post #3 of 8
Best to trap both cats and take them to the vet...they can be spayed/neutered at the same time that the vet reviews their skin condition.

Katie
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Emb, I don't rub that scabs, just rub the cats and the scabs come loose. I'm not even scratching them, just rubbing with the palm of my hand. They come off really easily.

I'm waiting to have them neutered until I can get them more used to being inside my apartment since they would have to stay in during the recovery. I think I may take them to the vet though and have it checked out. It doesn't seem painful for them but I know it can't be good. Thanks guys
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Originally Posted by catscratchfever
Emb, I don't rub that scabs, just rub the cats and the scabs come loose. I'm not even scratching them, just rubbing with the palm of my hand. They come off really easily.

I'm waiting to have them neutered until I can get them more used to being inside my apartment since they would have to stay in during the recovery. I think I may take them to the vet though and have it checked out. It doesn't seem painful for them but I know it can't be good. Thanks guys
Actually, what you could do is ask your vet if he neuters feral cats.....with feral cats they do not use regular stitches....they use disolving stitches and the cats are returned outdoors usually the same day.

Katie
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Thanks TNR1, I'll ask and see if it makes a difference but when I had my cat spayed, she also had dissolvable stitched but was too sick and lethargic to even move much that day. Of course that could just be the way that she reacts to the meds. Maybe I could pay my vet to house them there a little longer so maybe they could heal up there in a cage instead of outside?
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Thanks TNR1, I'll ask and see if it makes a difference but when I had my cat spayed, she also had dissolvable stitched but was too sick and lethargic to even move much that day. Of course that could just be the way that she reacts to the meds. Maybe I could pay my vet to house them there a little longer so maybe they could heal up there in a cage instead of outside?
It's worth asking about...but I just think it makes sense to have everything done at the same time if possible. Less stressful on them.

Katie
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Originally Posted by catscratchfever
Emb, I don't rub that scabs, just rub the cats and the scabs come loose. I'm not even scratching them, just rubbing with the palm of my hand. They come off really easily.

I'm waiting to have them neutered until I can get them more used to being inside my apartment since they would have to stay in during the recovery. I think I may take them to the vet though and have it checked out. It doesn't seem painful for them but I know it can't be good. Thanks guys
I understand, but if it is something like a staph infection, by the scabs coming off it is spreading!!! They need to be nuetered wiether they are inside or outside!!!
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