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12/11/11 4:47 P

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Thanks for all of the replys guys! I think I am going to take him to the vet. I've done some research and I think it is probably allergies. I will let you know how it turns out! I do have some advice for fleas though, we had them pretty bad at our old house. We used advantage and also got flea powder for the carpet. You have to let the powder sit for a while then vaccuum it up really well. After that it seemed like they disappeared. Good luck! :)

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12/11/11 1:07 A

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Ignoring any flea issues for the moment (I have no advice - no fleas where I live), did you recently change cat foods? Look for corn, soy, dairy and eggs (esp. dried egg product) in the ingredient list. These are common causes of allergies (personal experience - my youngest cat is allergic to dried egg product but seems OK with whole eggs if no higher than #4 on the list and fed occasionally).

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12/8/11 8:14 P

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I agree about the internet! I couldn't remember the name of advantage, so I googled fleas cat and got all kinds of hits. Not into "bombing" the place or anything, but thought there might be some homeopathic options. There might be a spray like raid or something, but I think I'd do the Advantage.

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12/8/11 1:17 A

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I probably should try something like Advantage, just haven't gotten around to it yet. When it comes to the internet, there are just so many different discussions, pages, etc. to check out. That all gets overwhelming, and it is information overload. I suppose I just need to pick a method and go for it =D. The same can be said about diets, hehe. Thanks for the reply, Adlins.

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12/7/11 9:45 P

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For the fleas, can you get the (such as Advantage). It's been a while since I got some, but I know it will last a while.

You also might try searching the internet for home remedies.

Good luck!

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12/7/11 8:49 P

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I have this same issue with one of my kitties. She has been scratching and licking herself to the point of bleeding, making scabs, and losing hair since she was a kitten. I have taken her to the vet a few times where she has gotten a shot each time. He mentioned giving her Benadryl or something of the like, or so I think that's what I remember. It's been a while. I can't afford to take her in to the vet all the time, so I'm just wondering what other methods can be used that will actually work. She does have fleas, so I know that is a problem. I live in an apartment that I can't bomb because I have a neighbor that completely keeps to herself. I don't even know how to approach her. I have given my cats baths, sprayed the house, etc. I just think I'm horrible at getting rid of fleas =(. I thought it wouldn't be such an issue in a house with wood floors, but I was wrong. Any advice would be great, thanks!

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12/6/11 3:05 P

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Hi there, I am so sad to hear your furbaby is suffering. I have an older cat that has allergies, every once in awhile he will get really itchy and if I don't get him to the vet in time he will start pulling his fur out. My vet gives him a shot and he is good for another couple of months. Hope this helps.

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12/4/11 6:28 P

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Shortly after I got my cat this happened. Take your furbaby to the vet if there is blood and scabbing. My vet called it a hotspot and gave a low dose steroid shot that did the trick. With sores, etc there's always the possibility of infection etc. I was told at the time that it was a good thing I took her in.

Hope it goes well.

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12/4/11 6:26 P

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Chaos Shadow has allergies that cause him to scratch, often to the point of damaging skin and pulling out fur. We get him an allergy shot from the vet each quarter and he is his same playful self for a few months after.





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12/4/11 6:21 P

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Is your cat possibly anxious about something? Anxiety can precipitate scratching or excessive licking . Our one cat does it when I vacuum a lot or move the furniture around.

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12/4/11 6:15 P

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Hey Guys!

I have a question and figured maybe someone here would know the answer. My cat has been really itchy for the past couple weeks, scratching himself to the point where now he has some scabs. He does not have fleas, and we gave him a flea bath just in case. Does anyone know what might be causing this and how I can help him stop itching?? Thanks! :)

-Lauren

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