Cat Veterinary

Have Cat Questions? Ask a Cat Vet Online.

Ask a Cat Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Cat Veterinary
This answer was rated:

Think my cat has hyperesthesia, Randomly will freak out and

Think my cat has hyperesthesia JA...
Think my cat has hyperesthesia
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with your cat?
Customer: Randomly will freak out and aggressively try to bite and scratch his back. Violently enough to fall off ledges, knock over things and leaves himself scratched all to hell
JA: Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Gus about 10 yrs old
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Gus?
Customer: He exhibited the behavior while off of flea medication and without any infested areas. Still seeing the issue with top of the line flea collar suggested from local vet
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Answered in 5 minutes by:
1/7/2017
Dr. John
Dr. John, Texas Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 11,554
Experience: Over 14 years of clinical veterinary experience
Verified

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. Just ignore it. In order to give an informative and concise answer, it may take a few minutes before I respond back to you, so don't be alarmed if you don't hear back immediately. If you have not responded back in 10 minutes, it may be a longer before I can get back to you. I do have a couple more questions, though, to see if I can better assess your situation.

Where exactly on his back is he doing this?

Does the skin on his back ripple or roll or seem painful when you try to pet him there?

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
He seems to tear up right behind the shoulder and rib areas, from one side all the way over the back and down to the other side.It does not, in fact (this is gross) he seems to like a little bit of scratching or rubbing on the affected areas.
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
But he's got solid straight line scabs from scratching himself during these episodes. He's managed to pull out hair on the side stomach/rib areas.

Thanks for the information. It sounds like he may have miliary dermatitis. This is a common skin infection in cats usually related to allergies or external parasites. It doesn't really sound like feline hyperesthesia to me. The skin usually rolls or ripple, and they do not want to be touched. They usually do not itch a lot either. I know you don't see any fleas, but be careful to completely rule them out based on that. Fleas in cats can be very difficult to find because they groom so fastidiously, and adult fleas are on 5% of the population. I never completely rule them out until they are on a good oral (preferably) or topical monthly preventative. With that being said, if your vet has ruled out fleas, this is most likely an environmental or food allergy, with environmental allergies being far more common. It doesn't really sound like skin mites, but I would still do a skin scraping to rule them out just in case. It sounds like, though, he needs a round of steroids and antibiotics to treat for allergies and secondary skin infections. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

My goal is to make sure that you get all your question answered and all the information you need. If you are satisfied with my answer, PLEASE RATE IT. Rating it is the only way I get credit for helping you, and we can still continue our conversation. If you feel like it is not helpful to you, or if there is more information you need, please respond back to me before rating. Realize that our conversation is not intended to diagnose or treat a condition. There has to be a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship established with an exam, according to law. You should always follow up with your vet.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
That's sounds good. I had suspected some airborne allergen as this started after a move from one side of city to the other and into an area with well known high allergy counts.Will consult local vet for needs. Thank you!

You are very welcome. I have feeling some steroids and antibiotics will help him out a lot. Let me know if you have further concerns.

My goal is to make sure that you get all your question answered and all the information you need. If you are satisfied with my answer, PLEASE RATE IT. Rating it is the only way I get credit for helping you, and we can still continue our conversation. If you feel like it is not helpful to you, or if there is more information you need, please respond back to me before rating. Realize that our conversation is not intended to diagnose or treat a condition. There has to be a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship established with an exam, according to law. You should always follow up with your vet.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question

Hello. I was just following up to see how Gus is doing and to see if you have further questions.

Dr. John
Dr. John, Texas Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 11,554
Experience: Over 14 years of clinical veterinary experience
Verified
Dr. John and 87 other Cat Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Dr. John Your Own Question
Dr. John
Dr. John
Dr. John, Texas Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 11,554
11,554 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Over 14 years of clinical veterinary experience

Dr. John is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Cat Veterinarian

3,926 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

4,753 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

4,448 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

3,998 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Cat Veterinarian

3,493 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew

Cat Veterinarian

3,072 satisfied customers

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Deb

Dr. Deb

Cat Veterinarian

2,877 satisfied customers

I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.

< Previous | Next >

Related Cat Veterinary Questions
Are you a real person? He gas unexplained scabs and open
He gas unexplained scabs and open sores on top of his head … read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,493 satisfied customers
My young cat has scabs all over her body is always itching.
My young cat has scabs all over her body is always itching. I don't find any fleas and because she is skiddish, I am unable to get her to a vet. Is there anything I can do for her? … read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,493 satisfied customers
My cat has scabs on his nose. they starter small but are
my cat has scabs on his nose. they starter small but are bigger now . he is 16, an Oci cat and still seems to act normal. he has been druleing the past few months and the sides of his mouth are always… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,442 satisfied customers
His rectal area has some scabs on it and is reddened above
his rectal area has some scabs on it and is reddened above the anus … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,442 satisfied customers
Cat is biting primarily on legs. Has some little scabs on
cat is biting primarily on legs. Has some little scabs on him (not on legs) He use to drool, not as much any more. Sometimes when he is biting himself he gets in a trans-like state and will not snap o… read more
Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
582 satisfied customers
My cat has red scabs that seem to be increasing. They don't
My cat has red scabs that seem to be increasing. They don't seem to bother her, and she lets me look at them without a problem. They have a bump that I can feel when I pet her … read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
668 satisfied customers
There's little scabs on my cat's back near the tail. Teddy
There's little scabs on my cat's back near the tail. … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
Cat develops scabs on torso. Have been to the vet twice. Not
Cat develops scabs on torso. Have been to the vet twice. Not fleas, not ticks, not lice. Cat is 19 years old. We have a younger cat and a 3 yr. old Double Doodle. Cat used to be Kind of the hill, so t… read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,366 satisfied customers
She has scabs all over, they are dry, and I can pick them
she has scabs all over, they are dry, and I can pick them off. … read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Cat Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,493 satisfied customers
One of our cats has developed a rash/scabs over her body
One of our cats has developed a rash/scabs over her body over the last month. At first it just seemed like she got into a fight with another cat and had a few scabby feeling areas on her face and neck… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,765 satisfied customers
Six year old male with scabs all over back, now extending
Six year old male with scabs all over back, now extending down his sides. He's not acting well, has always been flea-treated. … read more
Dr. John
Dr. John
Texas Veterinarian
11,554 satisfied customers
I have a 12 years old neutered male cat with lots of scabs
I have a 12 years old neutered male cat with lots of scabs around his neck. I am looking for a home remedy since I can't afford a vet. I have used aloe cloths recommended for cats and dogs and this se… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,765 satisfied customers
She has scabs all over feels a little warm and is acting a
She has scabs all over feels a little warm and is acting a bit defensive to the other animals … read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,258 satisfied customers
She has a small sore on the top of her head with s scab and
She has a small sore on the top of her head with s scab and one on her lower neck. She does not go out and does not have fleas … read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,366 satisfied customers
I have several cats, 4 of them are getting scabs and 1 has
I have several cats, 4 of them are getting scabs and 1 has scabs and what feels like a cradle cap. I scratch them and try to break them up some, mostly head and neck. One has massive ear sores. please… read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,366 satisfied customers
Scabs on centre back of cat. She cannot reach. Rescue from
Scabs on centre back of cat. She cannot reach. Rescue from dirty environment. Sheds A lot of hair. Otherwise, healthy, large female. best food . Indoor only. Had litter.Now Neutered. Feisty dispositio… read more
Dr. Nicole
Dr. Nicole
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
281 satisfied customers
Rash on cat's neckline. My cat has some scabs with a lot of
Rash on cat's neckline. My cat has some scabs with a lot of brown dandruff type flakes attached to his fur / skin. It is at a couple of points on his neck possibly where his collar would sit. I have r… read more
Richard Rawling
Richard Rawling
Veterinary Surgeon
BVMS
629 satisfied customers
Scabs on their back and chewing at their legs and belly.
Scabs on their back and chewing at their legs and belly … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,442 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x