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4/13/10 12:14 P

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Our vet told us NO steroids for Chaos. I didn't ask why, perhaps it was the type of dermatitis Chaos had.





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4/12/10 2:25 P

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I just got back from the vet with my Sly (guy). He had sores all over and patches where his fur was totally gone. The vet says he is allergic to fleas. We had put a steroid cream on him (that hubby uses on his legs for dermatitis) and it seemed to help without any ill effects. The vet said to keep using it and watch out for future fleas.

We hope we have eradicated the fleas and are treating for any eggs that hatch.

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4/12/10 11:11 A

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Thanks everyone for your help. It's much appreciated.
Well, my dear lil' kitty seems more serene these days. I decided to change her cat food just to see if it would help. My hubby had her before he knew me and she's been eating Kirkland brand cat food from Costco for most of her life. That and fresh mouse and bird. I'm trying IAMS brand. I'll keep you updated.

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4/12/10 12:27 A

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My old cat had this problem and it was an allergic reaction to flea bites. A few flea treatments and he was all better.

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4/11/10 8:08 P

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My Maine Coon has had no such problems and nor have I seen it as a breed-specific condition. I would suspect it's allergies. I had a Russian Blue who had very sensitive skin. I used to say he was allergic to cats!

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4/11/10 2:07 P

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I have a Maine Coon. This does not sound like anything breed-specific.

It sounds like the cat has an allergy. If it's a skin contact allergy, regular bathing will help the problem. However, if the cat is feral, you may have a difficult time doing that.

Good luck helping your feral friend.

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My Cleo is a Maine Coon, and two years ago, she got outside, and brought fleas into the house, she had the sores and the vet found out she was allergic to their bites. She is an indoor cat, and hasn't had it since till a month ago, she got one sore, that was all, and now has her fur growing back. I'm not sure if this will help, but wanted to let you know she had it too.
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4/10/10 4:46 P

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My daughter has a cat with similar symptoms from allergy. The vet gives her a shot which seems to help miraculously!

I have 2 friends with cats that are allergic to fish! Both have to be on cat food with no fish meal. There are some foods without, but most cat food does have fish meal.

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4/10/10 2:18 P

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The vet should have done a skin scraping for ringworm. I don't think it is ringworm but it can look different then you see in the books. Are the scabs blackish?
I don't think this is a breed specific disorder.
That poor cat needs some meds!! He is tortured. Being out in the winter could add to the problem. (severe dry skin) Did the vet suggest a hypoallergenic food?
To be honest having his allergy tested is often inconclusive and is often from food. I have persians who are known to get ringworm. I was sent a lovely female years ago. She broke out within days ); I found out she wasn't clear from a breakout from the breeder. Boy was I mad. No I didn't get it bad. I got a spot or two. this went on for a few years!!!!!!!! and a lot of money. Anyway I don't really think your cat has r/w. It sounds like he needs an elimination diet, and some meds!!!!
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4/10/10 12:03 P

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I've never had this problem with a cat, but I do hope you can find an effective solution. Poor kitty. emoticon

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4/10/10 11:01 A

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HippiChick, We do not have a Maine Coon, but we have a Bombay that has the very same symptoms. Our vet after testing for other issues resolved it was allergic dermatitis. His skin itches so he pulls the hair out. Where he cannot bite, around the face and shoulders, he scratches until there are sores and pimple like bumps. Our vet treats the dermatitis with an allergy shot, for us, it costs about $25 USD.

In between shots, we use a product purchased from PetCo, it's called PetRelief anti-itch spray for cats. We tried it a small area on the cat; he stopped biting and pulling hairs out and the hair is starting to grow back. The only draw back we discovered is the cat does not like the hissing noise the pump spray makes. We have to kitty wrestle to get it on him.





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4/10/10 10:11 A

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Hi Everyone!
I have just joined this group in order to find out if anyone out there can help me with my cat, Ti-min.

Ti-min is part Maine Coon, about 8 or 9 years old and this winter she developed a skin problem. She has scabs all over her back and sides and some on her shoulders and neck.

When I looked more closely, I saw red exposed areas where the fur is missing as if she had been biting herself and ripping out fur. Then I started to notice that was exactly what was happening.

She is feral and lives outside, so it could be "anything" right?

I took her to the vet and they tested her for fleas and saw none. No mites, no ticks, and no answers.

I got some medication for fleas because even though there was no evidence of fleas the vet said it could be an allergic reaction to the bites. The medication is a liquid that is put on the skin between the shoulder blades of the cat - she seemed to be doing a little better in the first few days after being treated (which is very difficult to do since she is feral and hates being on our lap or being forced. You should have been there for the car ride to the vet! Not pretty.)
Yesterday she was outside as usual and I was watching her through the window. She was vigorously cleaning her back and then she started gnawing on herself and ripped out a big clump of hair! It was alarming! My hubby went outside to "pet" her and looked at the new sore, applied some pink anti bacterial liquid soap that was given to me by the pet groomer to dab on the cat's sores. Annie the groomer came to look at her before we decided to take her to the vet.

Annie tested her for fleas too and saw nothing. She suggested that the cat had allergies. The vet did too and if we want to treat the cat, it means taking he into the big city, over an hour away. It means a lot of money too (that we don't have) for tests and meds.

I got online today and started researching and I came across this issue with other Maine Coons on question type websites about three times, but there were no answers about the problem forthcoming.

Upon further research I read about ringworm in cats and that doesn't seem to be the problem either, although I could be wrong about that. It's just that if she had or has ringworm, it's likely that both me and my husband would have contracted it as well since it's highly contagious.

So I'm appealing to all Maine Coon cat owners out there for answers. I don't want my beautiful kitty to suffer and am hoping that I can help her out somehow without shoving her into her cat cage and taking her yowling like mad into the city for possibly endless testing which again, we can't afford right now.

Thanks in advance,
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