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my cat has a rash over the top of his body its like scabs can

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my cat has a rash over the top of his body its like scabs can you possibly advise me what it might be
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I am sorry that Becks is not well.

- Is he an inside only cat?

- Is he scratching or licking the area?

- Is he on flea prevention?

- Is he the only cat in the house? (if NOT - are there other signs similar in the other pets)?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Becks is an inside cat

He is scratching and licking the area

he is due for a flea prevention,

I have 3 cats altogether, all british blues, indoor cats


Hi there,

If due for flea prevention - I would consider giving that now.

Fleas and bacterial infections are extremely common to cause this.

What are other possible causes if truly not an infection?

Environmental as well as food allergies can cause these signs as well.

Common therapies considered for these include:

- Steroids (Prednisone - LINK HERE)

- Antihistamines such as Benadryl (LINK HERE) or Loratidine (LINK HERE).

IF diet is a concern - then a hypoallergenic diet example that is common to use in cats is Hill's Z/D

Finally - there are some cats that will lick themselves so much they get scabs secondarily and there is no known cause.

For these cats, it is thought that OCD/behavioral/anxiety related issues are the cause. (LINK HERE and LINK HERE)

For that as well, they can benefit from steroid injections - but owners also find it beneficial to consider a product called Feliway - LINK HERE or a calming collar (LINK HERE) which emits phermones/hormones that are supposed to decrease stress or anxiety in cats.

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Hi Lynne,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Becks. How is everything going?


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