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I have a Persian/Maine Coon cat. Even though she is brushed…

I have a Persian/Maine Coon...
I have a Persian/Maine Coon cat. Even though she is brushed everyday her underside developed many mats. My partner and I shaved her mats off, makingsure to be very gentle. Now she won’t stop licking all the places on her belly with short fur. She is giving herself swollen red spots. What can we do?
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Dr. Rachel
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Hi, my name is***** and I have been a licensed veterinarian for 10 years. I'm sorry to hear your kitty's skin is irritated. Can you please tell me how old she is and whether she has been diagnosed with any health conditions?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
We adopted her last Fall from an animal boarding facility where she was abandoned. They told us they think she is about 3 years old. She has a sensitive digestive system so she’s on a grain free diet, otherwise she gets some blood in her stool. That’s all we know about her.

Does her skin look like it has razor burn?

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Does her skin look like it has razor burn?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
I don’t think so. We did not shave her down to the skin.

Ok, does she lick at herself otherwise? Cats that have food allergies frequently have itchy skin.

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I wonder if, since the mats are gone, she can actually itch it now.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
She does groom herself all over. In this instance she licked and sucked so vigorously that her belly was practically dripping (besides looking red and swollen in a few spots). Is there any over the counter treatment I should look into for irritated or itchy cat skin?

Try giving her some benadryl for now - a 25mg tablet. Then you can have a conversation with your vet about long-term recommendations for allergy control, whether it's using long-term anti-histamines, getting her tested for which allergies she's got and starting immunotherapy treatment, etc.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Thank you so much for your help.

You're very welcome.

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