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My cat has scabs on her back and the base of her tail is missing

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My cat has scabs on her back and the base of her tail is missing hair. As far as I can tell, she does not have fleas. What could be her problem?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 7 years ago.

Hi there,


This sounds like Miliary Dermattitis. You can use plain neosporin on the scabs.


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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