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My cat is scratching above s right eye and much of the fur

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My cat is scratching above his right eye and much of the fur is gone there. He is
an indoor cat and also scratches his ears. I do not see anything there - no redness
or lesions.. he had no claws so he rubs the places with his paw...
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.


I am sorry to hear about this concern for Keno.

A chronic scratch could suggest a underlying allergy problem. Environmental allergies are quite common for both dogs and cats. Other considerations could include mange (mites), a ear infection, or other contact allergy.

So, definitely, this is well worth a vet visit, since Keno is scratching enough that hair loss is prominent. Even in the absence of any irritation, crusting, or moist discharge, it could progress quickly.

A vet might suggest a oral steroid or a steroid shot to get the itching under control and maybe a simple skin test or two to ensure no infection or mange concern.

But, we definitely can't resolve this with at home therapies, so the vet visit is well worth it.

Antihistamines would be one consideration, but I am doubtful that giving a 1/4 to a 1/2 tablet of benadryl 25mg antihistamine will help.

Hope that information helps

Dr. Andy

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Andy