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I am new here,so let me introduce my baby.His name is Bullet & he is just 1 year old.He is a house cat,never been out.Bullets problems started 9 weeks ago with what started as little blister like lumps on his ears,he had one then two then three then 7 at most,took him to the vet who said could be ringworm.But also did tests for feline aids & leukemia.Both those tests came back Negative.Vet came me some cream for Bullets ears & a course of antibiotics.His ears kinda went a little better but havent cleared completley.Since then i have noticed at least 7 more lumps.sores/blisters under his neck & around his ears & head.He grooms more than normal & it seems to itch him a lot.Took him back to the vet who took hair samples to grow (culture) havent had the results yet.He has had another course of antibiotics & dosent seem to have helped.Bullet is an only cat,stays in has been combed by the vet,no ticks/fleas etc.Any advice poor bullet will be bold soon.
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Hello and welcome to the forum. I am very sorry to hear about Bullet's problem. The culture will take a couple of days, some strains of ringworm are tough to get rid of.

If the culture rules out ringworm completely, you might want to ask your vet to a referral to a veterinary dermatology specialist.

I know it must be very difficult for you to see Bullet so uncomfortable.

Please keep us posted.
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I've looked up some links for you on skin disorders in cats

here's one, which describes them in a list, but I am trying to find something with pictures for you.

About Skin Disorders in Cats | eHow.com

marvistavet is usually a good source of information: definitely read this page on ringworm.

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ringworm.html

Has food allergies been considered? What are you feeding Bullet? This could be food allergies!

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/food_allergies.html

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I did a little research too. A couple of answers I got:

Someone's cat was allergic to fish.

Someone was using a natural food and rosemary is used as a preservative, well when rosemary was moved further up the ingredient list (which means they're using more now) her cat broke out in bumps. She got a food that had rosemary further down the list and the bumps went away in a week.

I really hope it's not something too serious Good luck and keep us posted!
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Thankyou so much for the links i shall definatly read up.
The vet rang back today,his culture came back totally clear,no fungal infections at all.
So now the vet says i have 2 options 1:to have bullet do a biopsy while he is asleep or to try steroid cream.Now i dont have issues with the cost of the biopsy i saved hard for 2 years for vets bills before i even got my baby,its the fact that he will be aneathtised & i wont be the first person he sees when he wakes i so dont want him to be frightened.
Im wondering weather to try the steroid cream first?
Also my partner has said all along he things bullet is allergic to something but what?

Acerlt bullet is fed on whiskas pouches & fish biscuits own supermarket brand.Come to think of it i started bullet on the meat variety buscuits & my partner bought the fish ones.....i cant remember though when he first had the fish biscuits.
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Well hopefully you can figure out the problem. What would the steroid cream do?
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The pet food that you buy in supermarkets is all crap, not just the supermarket brands either. Im talking about Friskies, Wiskas, Science Diet, etc. You should try a good brand such as either Evo, Innova, Wellness Core, or Blue Buffalo wet food and dry food. They put so many chemicals in the supermarket cat foods, that it definitely can cause allergies.
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My kitties love Blue Buffalo Unfortunately, I can't find a natural treat, so I got Whiskas temptations treats.
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Thankyou so much for the links i shall definatly read up.
The vet rang back today,his culture came back totally clear,no fungal infections at all.
So now the vet says i have 2 options 1:to have bullet do a biopsy while he is asleep or to try steroid cream.Now i dont have issues with the cost of the biopsy i saved hard for 2 years for vets bills before i even got my baby,its the fact that he will be aneathtised & i wont be the first person he sees when he wakes i so dont want him to be frightened.
Im wondering weather to try the steroid cream first?
Also my partner has said all along he things bullet is allergic to something but what?

Acerlt bullet is fed on whiskas pouches & fish biscuits own supermarket brand.Come to think of it i started bullet on the meat variety buscuits & my partner bought the fish ones.....i cant remember though when he first had the fish biscuits.
I HIGHLY recommend you get a second opinion from a different vet. This vet is grasping at straws, and hasn't even discussed the possibility of a food allergy with you?

Your vet is only treating the symptoms, you need to find the CAUSE. Often when a food allergy is suspected, a cat is put on a special prescription food that contains no known allergens. After a while on that special food, if the cat's condition improves, it is safe to assume that it is a food allergy.

Then...foods are added to the cat's diet, taking special note of what he is given and when, to see when symptoms re appear.

I do urge you to see another vet about this.

Fish is a very common food allergen for cats (male cats should not have fish at all, actually) as is chicken, beef and certain grains.

Read the whiska labels and find a food that doesn't contain any of the same proteins that are in Whiskas, and try Bullet on that. Food change should be done gradually.
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How about an update on Bullet?
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