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Stacey



Joined: 18 Jul 2005
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Location: Kernow
PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 11 10:31 am    Post subject: My cat is severely allergic to something  Reply with quote    

She's getting great big weeping sores on her skin and pulls her own fur out. My home made oinkments haven't worked and neither have steroid injections from the vets. I was watching her pull her fur out earlier and suddenly wondered if she might be allergic to dry food. I buy a big sack of dried food from the ag merchant and it lasts about a month for all 4 of them.

Am I way off the mark? I don't want to buy stinky wet food if I'm being daft and cats don't get allergic to dry food

Brownbear



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 11 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Have you or someone near to you been spraying pesticides etc?

Stacey



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 11 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

She was frontlined by the vet to see if it was fleas making her sore. Apart from that I bloody well hope not because I'm alergic to pesticides too

Brownbear



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 11 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You could change her diet and see if that makes a difference. I would have thought it was more likely to have an environmental cause, unless it's mange or something. Many foxes round your way?

Stacey



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 11 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The vet doesn't seem to think it's mange. There's about 2 foxes in the immediate vicinity. I'll try with the wet food and see what happens.

12Bore



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 11 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Is it a recent occurrence?
Local environmental changes?
Has the food blend changed?

shopgirlsue



Joined: 26 Jul 2006
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 11 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Our cat used to pull her fur out and lick herself sore. Apparently it can become a habit so even when what ever triggered it in the first place has stopped (it was flea allergy for our one) they carry on

In the end a lampshade collar for a week to let the sores heal and a long course of very small dose steroids worked for ours

pookie



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Location: Mid-Wales
PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 11 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

shopgirlsue wrote:
Our cat used to pull her fur out and lick herself sore. Apparently it can become a habit so even when what ever triggered it in the first place has stopped (it was flea allergy for our one) they carry on

In the end a lampshade collar for a week to let the sores heal and a long course of very small dose steroids worked for ours


We had the same....

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 11 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As far as feeding goes it might not be an allergy, as such, but a deficiency. Dry food is more prone to this and the initial dermal losses are compounded by the hair pulling behaviour.

A friend who has a rescue cat that had a poor coat and has been feeding it whole chicken thighs, including the bones blitzed in the blender as well as raw milk and he (the cat) looks very well on it.

gz



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 11 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Our cat has bouts of eczema. Sometimes was brought on by fleas, others just stress

cir3ngirl



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 11 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We were a week later this year with same symptons as last year. We are visitning vet again on Friday

mochyn



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 11 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Our last cat had a hazel pollen allergy which drove her mad this time of year.

toggle



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 11 1:41 pm    Post subject: Re: My cat is severely allergic to something Reply with quote    

Stacey wrote:
She's getting great big weeping sores on her skin and pulls her own fur out. My home made oinkments haven't worked and neither have steroid injections from the vets. I was watching her pull her fur out earlier and suddenly wondered if she might be allergic to dry food. I buy a big sack of dried food from the ag merchant and it lasts about a month for all 4 of them.

Am I way off the mark? I don't want to buy stinky wet food if I'm being daft and cats don't get allergic to dry food
if she is scratching her fur out, rather than biting it, you might try softpaws, like false nails for cats. needed them on my great lump when he almost went through the skin on his neck.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 11 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Frontline should rule out flea allergy.

My next guess would be a protein allergy to something in the dry food. try a different food - cheaper brands sometimes use feather meal and other weird protein sources that lots of animals don't do well with.

wildfoodie



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 11 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

have you tried bathing the sores with a chickweed tea? handful of chickweed, cup of boiling water on top, leave to brew for 10 mins then apply when cool to affected areas. Never tried it on cats, seemed to work well enough to soothe and calm a scratch sore on the dog last year and its been great on human skin conditions ime.

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