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Our cat had about three small sores above his right eye three

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Our cat had about three small sores above his right eye three weeks ago. All three were slightly bloody and we thought at first one of our other cats had bitten or scratched him while playing (we have three cats, all male -- age three). All three of our cats are indoor kitties. We took him to our vet and she gave him a steroid shot. The sores were gone within a week and his hair is starting to grow back in the spots where the sores were located. I just noticed this morning that he has developed a sore above his left eye. He has not been sneezing or scratching (didn't before either) and appears normal, but I am now worried. Do you have any idea what this might be?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Laura Devlin, DVM, DABVP replied 4 years ago.
Thank you for your question. I'm sorry to hear about your Blyken's sores.

Unfortunately, there is a very long list of possibilities for what can be occuring above your cat's eyes. To make it more difficult, there are about 20 different more-common causes that can look identical! Even if you were to post a picture or I examined the lesions, I would need to do more tests to determine what the lesions were, and what caused them.

Typical tests I perform on a first visit with lesions of this description are:
cytology exam
skin scrape
wood's lamp exam
dermatophyte test

On a second or third visit, possibly cultures and a punch biopsy if necessary (if the other tests are inconclusive, or if the lesions continue to return despite treatment).

More common causes would include self-trauma (scratching or rubbing from itchiness), trauma from the other cats, ringworm, demodex, allergies, such as food, flea, inhaled, or contact irritants, mast cell tumors, herpes, various bacterial or fungal infections, autoimmune complexes, squamous cell carcinoma or other cancers such as mast cell tumor (hopefully not this!!) or eosinophilic granuloma complex.

Since the lesions appeared to resolve or improve greatly with the steroid injection, there may be an allergy component or it could be due to eosinophilic granuloma complex. However, I would have expected improvement for several weeks - or longer - depending on which steroid was administered.

At this point, I would revisit your vet and request at least a skin scrape, dermatophyte test, and skin cytology, and consider antibiotic treatment if indicated along with addressing potential allergens - as a good starting point.

I like that you are thinking scientifically and changing the litter back. You may wish to investigate other potential allergens/irritants in your house, and even though your cats are indoors and you probably see no evidence of fleas, I would recommend strict monthly flea control for any cat that showed potential signs of allergies. Again, you would never see evidence if there is only a bite or two a month, but it could trigger a severe allergy in a sensitive patient.

You can search eosinophilic granuloma complex, allergies, itchiness in cats, and other topics at veterinarypartners.com.

Please let me know how else I can help. I hope this information helps you and Blyken!
Sincerely,
Dr. Devlin
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