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I've been battling acne on my 7 yr old tabby's chin for two years. Recently, he developed a rash on his lower stomach and he's been chewing on the bottoms of all for paws.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
If you have not tried a change in diet you might want to do that. A swap to a food that is higher quality than grocery store food and that has different grain and meat proteins in it than what he is currently eating might help.
California Natural Cat, Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover from pet supply stores or Felidae see for dealers , might all help your cat.
He may also do better with the chin problem if you feed in well cleaned stainless steel bowls. Many animals have a contact allergy to plastic dishes.
You can read about allergies in cats here
Hope this helps you!
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Nancy Holmes's Post: Thank you for your quick response, however your information was not helpful. I already feed him top quality food from very clean stainless steel dishes.
You failed to tell me something I did not already know. Furthermore, you did not address the constant paw chewing or the rash on his abdomen, his most recent discomforts.
Again, thank you for your time, although I feel I wasted my own.
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
The paw chewing and abdominal irritation could well be a food allergy. Even if he is eating the same food he has always eaten there could be a problem with the food. Top quality doesn't mean the cat can't be allergic to an ingredient. All the symptoms seem to indicate an allergy.
Paw chewing and skin irritations are common signs of allergies in pets. Could be inhalent allergies, could be food allergies, could be allergies to a carpet cleaner, furniture spray etc too.
As you gave no information to indicate any particular knoweledge of allergies in cats or diet issues etc. I gave you information on common problems and a resource to learn about allergies in cats.
I would suggest if you have only been dealing with your regular vet that this would be a good time to consult a veterinary dermatologist who specializes in problems like this. Often they have up to date information on problems and cures that the average vet does not.
If it were my cat I'd swap diets away from the grains and proteins in the current one to see if that helped or if I knew the carpet had just been cleaned I'd consider rinsing it several times with a carpet machine to see if that helped.

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