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4/2/12 11:18 A

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I have been going through the same thing with my cat, Earl Grey. The first time it happened we did the anitibiotics and cortisone. That worked. This year it has happened again and the standard treatment hasn't been working. This time the vet told us it was an allergy to the cat litter, so we changed all 5 boxes and got new litter. That hasn't made a difference. When it started happening to another one of my kids the diagnosis was fleas even though we weren't seeing any. We have treated two kids with Feline Advantage. The hair is growing back on Earl, but I noticed the other day that he has a new scabbed area on his back near his tail again. The problem doesn't seem to be resolved. No one seems to have an answer. I feed mine Purina Cat Chow and Friskies canned food.

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3/31/12 1:14 P

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Still not sure of the cause but she is back to being Jasmine. The prednisone and antibiotics worked!

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3/27/12 11:45 P

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My 12 year old has severe flea allergies as well as allergies to soy and corn. All three make her shed on her back near her tail and get sores. The vet told us she had flea allergies when we first started noticing it as a kitten and I just now figured out that she has food allergies as well as flea allergies -_-. I was wondering why she kept balding even after the fleas were gone (for years even), So if I was you I would look into food allergies. If you are feeding her the commercial food that has cheap fillers in it like corn and soy then maybe try switching to Wellness, Blue Buffalo or any other cheap-filler-free food? If switching food works then it would save you the big vet bill.

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3/23/12 4:22 P

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No kidding. I was hoping for fleas because it is the easiest to cure but I didn't see any and neither did the vet.

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3/23/12 3:54 P

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Glad to hear she is overall healthy. Now the hard part...finding out to what she is allergic! :-(

Best of luck to you and Jasmine in finding the source ASAP! emoticon

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3/23/12 3:20 P

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Jasmine did well at the vet. She didn't even try to scratch anyone. She doesn't have fleas, mites, mange, or any of that. Doesn't appear to be a fungal infection so... she is on an anti itch and antibiotic regimen. The vet thinks an allergy is possible but wants to try this first. The good news is overall she is a healthy girl. The anti itch med makes her sleepy (I think after all she is a cat LOL). She's in her fave hiding place sleeping away the trauma of the car trip.

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3/19/12 3:21 P

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Yes, spiders are...all five of my beasts reside wholly inside the house, but an occasional spider happens. I typically don't want to kill spiders in the house because they generally eat bugs...but when they start eating my cats...that's where I draw the line!

Hope all goes well for Jasmine!

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3/19/12 2:05 A

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Sorry to hear about jasmine-- hope it is nothing.

Thanks for the info on glass or stainless bowls-- guess I am going shopping!

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3/18/12 9:15 P

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Thank you all for the info. Spiders are a real possibility even for an inside cat. I'm calling the vet tomorrow.

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3/18/12 9:15 P

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I agree. Take her to the vet just to make sure. These 'kids'... emoticon

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3/18/12 5:49 P

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Another thing to consider, while no one likes to think of insects or arachnids in their homes, is the possibility of a spider bite. My senior cat, Cirrus, had a sore on his chin that resulted in a lot of swelling and tenderness. The morning I decided to take him into the Vet, the abscess burst and was full of bloody puss. Upon discussion with the Vet, he confirmed that, following cleaning out the wound, that there were multiple bite marks by a spider that had necrotizing venom. In Texas, that could easily be a brown recluse, though we had no conclusive evidence. Cirrus' wound was cleaned out and he was given a long-acting antibiotic injection to prevent any subsequent infection.

I asked about feline acne, and the Vet said that there was a significant difference in how the lesions present, but that metal bowls are always far superior for feeding cats...especially older cats with immune-suppression.

Another possibility, given that your cat has two separate lesions at two distinctly different locations on its body is that there was a bite from another cat, which might also cause an infection and resulting abscess. The infection is likely to make her less personable and be inclined to want to sleep more, as she may have a fever. Another really good reason to get her taken to the Vet's for assessment is if she is sleeping more, she may not be eating, and if she is not eating, she may go into hepatic lipidosis, which is quite harrowing, and can be life threatening, if left untreated.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Jasmine that it is something quick and easy to treat. Good luck! emoticon

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3/18/12 2:05 P

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Chaos Shadow has an allergic reaction where the same thing happens. After his shot, he perks right up.





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3/18/12 12:48 P

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you should take her to the vet. It could be a number of things. Fungal infection (ringworm, etc), mange, cat acne, allergies......Our cat Pierre was just diagnosed with cat acne on his chin. (he had a few scabs on his chin that were not healing) The vet shaved his chin and we have to wash it with antibacterial wash twice a day and use these acne pads on him. It's also good to use only stainless steel or glass bowls for food and water instead of plastic. (the plastic can get grooves in it that harbor bacteria) I think it can be aggravated by stress too. Pierre's a pretty nervous cat. I think cat acne is mostly just on the chin though, not the tail. But your vet should be able to figure out what is wrong. May have to change her food if it's an allergy. Good luck!!

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3/18/12 12:33 P

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Poor Jasmine has little sore under her chin and on her back by her tail. I can't find any fleas on her. She is sleeping a lot and doesn't seem as friendly as she usually is. Any suggestions?

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