Have Cat Questions? Ask a Cat Vet Online.
When the cat's were tested - do you recall if the vet performed a skin scraping or skin biopsy?
Has mange or allergies been ruled out?
Are you using any type of flea/tick preventative on the cats?
I was not indicating there was a flea problem instead, the reason I asked if a preventative was used is because many times pet's can have an adverse reaction to the product. If the problem was before Advantage was applied, then it would not be the case - I just wanted to be sure.
I really suspect your cats are suffering from a type of mange and would suggest your vet test once more specifically for this. I have heard that mange may not be detected upon testing only once.
I will also consult with one of our vet's to see if there could be something else going on and let you know.
Good question - sorry I didn't address that.
Bathing in baking soda or epsom salts or vinegar in the bath water (AVOID getting this into the eyes/nose); a vinegar/water feminine douche is a great alternative and easy to use; hydrocortisone ointment or aloe vera applied to the sores. Cats are very sensitive to many oral over the counter medications so I advise against that type of home remedy.
Hope this gives you some ideas to help your cats until you can get them to the vet. Continue to discuss if you would like - I'll be available most of tonight.
The response to a steroid injection in a small way is a diagnosis. Ringworm/mange/etc will not respond well to steroids. This leaves the vast area of immune mediated or allergy based issues. The problem in your situation is that there is no way all your cats have an immune medicated skin disease. Thus, it leaves allergy based. Now, one thing you can do is take one of you worse cats and proceed to have an allergy test..they take blood from the cat and see what it may be allergic too. You need to think back to when the problems started...was there new carpet, litter, food ect.
It is uncommon that they would all have issues, even if it were fleas, you wouldn't have all of them having such a reaction. You need to try to remember the trigger. The other thing is that some cats will start to groom excessively out of psychogenic reasons, meaning at first it is comforting then obsessive. You can have one cat "teach" other cats this habit. These habits can improve with steroid shots as well. The only thing is that for the cat that actually had lesions...scabs and such, that cat actually has the allergy.
Let me know if this makes sense...
I responded at the request of OLIVERSMOM, she wanted me to put in my "opinion" as well.
Sorry that you feel the question is closed, please ignore my post.
As Dr V suggested, it may be a good idea to take the cat with the worse symptoms and have it tested for allergies. It's sort of strange that all three would have the same problem...but I guess it is possible! Also take the suggestion of what possibly could have triggered this - when did it begin? What could possibly have changed in the cats environment during that time. To answer your last question, allergies are a common ailment in cats and what they are allergic to is vast. I've cared for cats with allergies from grass to nylon carpeting and many allergic to food. Steroid injections can help relieve the symptoms of allergies...and you did see a positive affect in the past.
So, with all that said if I were in your shoes, I would take at least the worse cat in for the allergy testing as the first step in finding out the solution to this problem. I really hope to hear back from you with results - this is an interesting case! (last suggestion - maybe your vet knows a skin disorder or allergy specialist you can be referred to)