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My cat has a rash, red spots on the skin.

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My cat has a rash, red spots on the skin. He has lost hair in that area. I have a picture of the area, but do not know how to send it. My vet is not in till Tuesday and I have 7 more cats and don't want them to get it. I would also like to start some treatment before Tuesday.

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I have tried nothing so far. He is an outside cat and we noticed the rash about a week ago and it has gotten larger and he has lost hair in that area. Is there is some way I can send you a picture of it?

Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  purrfectkitty replied 7 years ago.

Hi Janette,

It sounds like Miliary Dermatitis.

Fortunately cats do not get as many skin conditions as dogs so they are much easier to diagnose and treat. They can be allergic reactions, fungus or infection.

Here is the most common with photos:

Stud tail:and feline acne


Miliary Dermatitis:



Hot spots:

Ringworm can be recurrent and is treated with a topical fungicide or a vaccine shot.

miliary dermatitis can come from a food allergy or the bite of even ONE flea.This is treated with one cortesone shot or neosporen it is safe it he licks a bit.

Granuloma is also usually allergic in nature and can be treated cortesone or antibiotics or both.

There is also alopecia which is usually symmetrical and can be self inflicted:

A staph infection is also a possibility and can recur at times when the immune system is weakened temporarily.

Please look at the photos and let me know which best relates to your cats issues and I will be happy to discuss this further with you.

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