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Started 1337046465.92 in Pet Lovers | Last reply 1337217093.283 by 57babe

One of my 6 kitties has small scabs all over her back. I have washed her two times with Dawn dishwasher liquid, thinking it could be fleas. Each time there were no dead fleas coming off my pet. Three of our cats go outside and we put an expensive flea preventer on them, and three do not-This cat does not go outside. I don't know what to think. She is a long haired cat and is biting and itching alot. When I feel inside her hair and get down to her skin. There are lots of little bumps on her skin. We take out animals to a country vet, and I do not think they are the best at trouble shooting. Right now, money is tight and I do not have faith that they will know what is wrong with her. Does anyone know what it could be? I googled scabs on cats skin and it could be allergies. I feel bad for her and went to the store tonight and bought a new cat shampoo-just to give her some relief. I know this will not solve the problem, but might give her some temporary relief.

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Canada611337049150.791366 PostsRegistered 8/3/2006

My guess is fleas. I know from experience all pets must have flea prevention. I have dogs that go out just to potty and inside cats. I made the mistake of not using Frontline on the cats, thinking well they don't go out. I ended up with a flea problem. Now everybody gets treated.

I would give her a dose of whatever you use for flea meds and see if that doesnt help clear up the problem.

57babe1337050117.8638638 PostsRegistered 8/21/2010

It may be hard for you to identify the type of skin problem your cat is suffering from. You are probably going to have to take her to the vet to find out what it is and have it treated.

Since the problem is on her back, it could be flea allergy dermatitis. It is small bumps the size of millet seeds and is usually on the back. Your cat will continue to scratch after the fleas are gone.

The problem with trying to take care of it yourself is that this condition requires some prescriptions that you need from the vet. The other problem with waiting to take her to the vet is that with constant scratching she is doing, her skin can get infected.

You can stand your cat over a piece of white paper andbrush her coat and if you see white and black sandy material on the paper, that is flea eggs and feces.

If it is flea dermatitis, this is fairly common and the vet will be able to know it when he sees her back so it really shouldn't be a costly vet check -- no expensive tests involved in identifying it.

I think that prescriptions are required to get this under control so I hope you can take her to the vet as soon as possible. If money is tight, perhaps your vet will let you make a couple of payments to care for her.

I hope this helps. All the best to you.


57babe1337050429.7638638 PostsRegistered 8/21/2010

Just to be clear, some cats have an allergy to flea bites -- that is what flea dematitis is. Even one or two bites can bring on those little bumps on the skin.

Yes, you can flea dip the cat, but the allergy to the flea bite -- the dermatitis can stay after all fleas are gone.

That's why I suggested taking her to the vet. The vet can give her a prescription for oral medication or a shot of steroids and a topical remedy to stop the outbreak of bumps on the skin so it doesn't develop into an infection.


savetheani­mals1337077682.633128 PostsRegistered 8/23/2007

I personally would not treat her for fleas until you take her to the vet. I had a cat with severe skin allergies and she had scabs and red skin. She would scratch all the time. We had her treated with everything possible for her allergies. Changed her food, that was not it. Went to a specialist many, many times and nothing helped. As time went on she got much worse, stopped eating, lost weight and we knew we had to stop her suffering. It was very sad. We did everything we could.

But again, please do not treat for fleas unless you know for sure. You could do harm instead of good. You really need to bring her to a vet!

rosehill1337084240.333343 PostsRegistered 10/30/2007

Thank you, all, for answering. I have googled the subject and flea dermatitis was one thing which kept coming up. The fact that I found no fleas on her made me think it was allergies. I didn't know that even a few bites could do this. I will call two vets who I have been to and ask what the charges could be if it is this, then I will make a decision on who to bring her to. I have not been sleeping well the past few nights, worrying and thinking about this problem. I will let you know what happens.

Maggie Nol­ia1337085393.51714669 PostsRegistered 1/30/2006

Your cat needs to go to the vet. May need antibiotic. Good luck.

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beastielove1337086397.2379233 PostsRegistered 8/11/2008Another galaxy, far, far away

rosehill...

You did get a lot of excellent advice from the previous posters...the best of which was to take your poor girl to the vet, which you said that you are going to do.

Hopefully one of them can see your kitty today, make the right diagnosis and give her meds that will quickly alleviate the problem, end her suffering and give you peace of mind.

Please check back later with an update.

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57babe1337089600.348638 PostsRegistered 8/21/2010
On 5/15/2012 rosehill said:

Thank you, all, for answering. I have googled the subject and flea dermatitis was one thing which kept coming up. The fact that I found no fleas on her made me think it was allergies. I didn't know that even a few bites could do this. I will call two vets who I have been to and ask what the charges could be if it is this, then I will make a decision on who to bring her to. I have not been sleeping well the past few nights, worrying and thinking about this problem. I will let you know what happens.

Hi rosehill,

Just wanted to get back to you on this and encourage you to ask the vets to allow you to make payments or some type of financial arrangements instead of having to pay the entire vet bill at one time.

Knowing what needs to be done, I don't think that the vet bill will be that high, but she will need some prescriptions and you want to be able to get those.

I've had cats since I was 16 and wasn't always able to afford veterinary care. I went ahead and asked our vet if he would let me make payments and he used to let me split up the bill and write post dated checks to him. He also showed me how to do simple vet stuff to save me money. What a wonderful vet he was! :)

There are some good hearted vets who will help you get your pets taken care of. So please ask them to help you.

Take care. :)



rosehill1337126906.0273343 PostsRegistered 10/30/2007
On 5/15/2012 57babe said:
On 5/15/2012 rosehill said:

Thank you, all, for answering. I have googled the subject and flea dermatitis was one thing which kept coming up. The fact that I found no fleas on her made me think it was allergies. I didn't know that even a few bites could do this. I will call two vets who I have been to and ask what the charges could be if it is this, then I will make a decision on who to bring her to. I have not been sleeping well the past few nights, worrying and thinking about this problem. I will let you know what happens.

Hi rosehill,

Just wanted to get back to you on this and encourage you to ask the vets to allow you to make payments or some type of financial arrangements instead of having to pay the entire vet bill at one time.

Knowing what needs to be done, I don't think that the vet bill will be that high, but she will need some prescriptions and you want to be able to get those.

I've had cats since I was 16 and wasn't always able to afford veterinary care. I went ahead and asked our vet if he would let me make payments and he used to let me split up the bill and write post dated checks to him. He also showed me how to do simple vet stuff to save me money. What a wonderful vet he was! :)

There are some good hearted vets who will help you get your pets taken care of. So please ask them to help you.

Take care. :)

57 babe-I am taking her tomorrow when the vet has an open clinic. Please tell me what the common way of treating this is. I have read that cotisone shots are not well tolerated by some cats. I would like to avoid cortisone shots if I can. Are anitbiotics the most common treatment for flea bite dermatitis? I would like to discuss this with him, but have to know what I am talking about.

57babe1337131539.1138638 PostsRegistered 8/21/2010

I think the vet might give her a prescription of cortisone tablets, like Prednisone. I'm not sure the vet will always give injections -- maybe one at the office to get the problem under control and then give a prescription for the cortisone tablets.

And I think he will give you a topical antibiotic for the itching on her back. Depending on whether or not she has any infection on her back, the vet might prescribe antibiotics too.

I did have a cat that had this and the vet treated it. This was quite a few years ago. My cat's skin healed nicely and she never got the flea dermatitis again.

There is a website for Cornell University Vet School with alot of information on it about cat issues. The link is:

http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/pet/cats

Put the name of the condition in the search on the top right hand corner and a bunch of veterinary documents will come up. You may be able to find more information about flea dermatitis. You can also watch the "how to" videos that this site provides. I have it favorited and refer others to it often.

Hope this helps. Take care. :)


KatCat11337132043.11717134 PostsRegistered 7/21/2011

At least go to the drugstore and get something to stop the itching (ask the pharmacist if it's ok for cats). Then take her to the vet. Don't let her suffer that is cruel.

Pagan1337133122.841059 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008
Sounds like it might be mange

57babe1337133773.338638 PostsRegistered 8/21/2010

rosehill,

If you are concerned about the Prednisone injections tell the vet. I believe that the tablets can also be a problem for cats. Prednisone can cause cats to get diabetes or predispose them to get diabetes later in life. So it is a risk for cats to take this stuff.

When I am uncomfortable with certain medications, a procedure, or a treatment of some type, I discuss that with my vet. If I still don't feel good about it, I don't go along with it.

My cat I had years ago was treated with cortisones and came out of it OK. I have a cat now (Persian) that had to be treated with cortisone and is OK. But I have read where people had their cat develop diabete's after one (1) cortisone injection.

Perhaps you could suggest that the vet give her an antihistamine to take temporarily until her skin heals and she's better. Antihistamines aren't a risk like cortisone is for cats and can help stop the itching temporarily. Antihistamines cause cats to be groggy though, so just be aware of that.

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Reiss19801337177799.698218 PostsRegistered 4/15/2011Central NJ /Freehold// Long island NY

{#emotions_dlg.blink} I agree with the poster above me... it sounds to me like a form of mange.. Take her to the vet...And do not wash her with dawn.. its a detergent and it might be making this rash worse.

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57babe1337183940.078638 PostsRegistered 8/21/2010

Mange is seen in dogs alot, but pretty rare in cats. If a cat has mange, it is usually around the face and ears and there will be obvious hair loss in the area where the mange is.

I believe the OP said that the itching and bumps are on her cats back, so I don't think it is mange.

Also, she said her cat is kept indoors and usually inside cats don't get mange.

But anyhow, the OP is taking her cat to the vet today and they will be able to treat it -- whatever the condition is.

Smile


Shaunac1337194970.1433030 PostsRegistered 9/22/2010

My dog also had scabs, was itching, biting a lot. But not a flea to be found. He was also losing hair. Took him to the vet where he received a shot, antibiotics and Omega 3 pills.

Shauna

rosehill1337212362.6073343 PostsRegistered 10/30/2007

We took Beanie to the vet today and he did not know if it was flea dermatitis. He combed the cat and did not find fleas or flea debris. He said it would be best to treat and then see how it went. He gave her a cortisone shot- a weak one because I was worried what it could do to her health. Gave her an antibiotic injection, and amoxicillin liquid. I hope she starts to feel better. He recommended that we treat all of our cats-even the indoor ones with flea preventative. But they were out of the Frontline! I have to go to Petsmart tomorrow and see if they have it. I never put two and two together that indoor cats would need to be treated too. The jury is still out with if this is flea dermatitis or other allergies.

57babe1337216730.4278638 PostsRegistered 8/21/2010
On 5/16/2012 rosehill said:

We took Beanie to the vet today and he did not know if it was flea dermatitis. He combed the cat and did not find fleas or flea debris. He said it would be best to treat and then see how it went. He gave her a cortisone shot- a weak one because I was worried what it could do to her health. Gave her an antibiotic injection, and amoxicillin liquid. I hope she starts to feel better. He recommended that we treat all of our cats-even the indoor ones with flea preventative. But they were out of the Frontline! I have to go to Petsmart tomorrow and see if they have it. I never put two and two together that indoor cats would need to be treated too. The jury is still out with if this is flea dermatitis or other allergies.

Well, this is good news -- kitty will get better. :)

I'm glad you couldn't get Frontline today because I think you need to read about it before you get it for your cats. It is strong stuff -- poison. Google "side effects of Frontline in cats" and read some of these articles.

We don't have fleas where we live so I don't have to treat my cats. But if we had fleas in our area, I would use something natural and safe -- something that doesn't stay on the cats skin.

I will never use Frontline on my cats. I won't use flea powders either. I would have to find a flea dip that is used as a shampoo, killing the fleas and then is immediately rinsed off.

Cats lick this poison off themselves and each other and ingest this stuff.

My sister has a Siamese that just had a horrible allergic reaction to something -- she just used Frontline on all of her pets. Another sister has a doxie that started having seizures right after she put Frontline on her dog.

I know you are concerned about your cat's health. Just wanted to make sure I gave you some of this information so that you are fully informed. I think it is wise to research this stuff before you agree to put it on your cats.

Good to hear that your cat is on her way to getting better. All the best to you and Beanie! :)


57babe1337217093.288638 PostsRegistered 8/21/2010

Here's some information about the toxic danger of flea preventatives from a holistic pet website:

http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/avictim.htm


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