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Unread 04-10-2011   #31 (permalink)
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I looked up that disease and I doubt it's that, the pics are nothing like he has, in most cases (his) the skin is clear with NO irriratation showing, just if he happens to scratch it. The food allergy, maybe but he has been on it since last July and this started about a month ago and it's just localized. No ulcerations or yucky stuff of any kind; the skin looks clear! And YES it is frustration, I could never part with him, but why him? My cats have always been healthy I take really good care of them. He needs this particular food for his digestion, I cannot risk the pancreatitis again, he would die for sure. He eats Roya Canin Intestinal HE dry. $40 a 8lb bag. sheesh. Maybe the 2nd opinion is a good idea as thjis only started with small fur loss which just comes and goes. I just don't get it. Why can't my vet pin this down? I guess I need a new vet. And Oh God that is all I need is a cat on anti anxiety meds, what could be stressing him? He has nothing to give him anxiety! He already has to choke down the one pill per day, how could I do two without losing our minds? He is a sweet boy and so well-natured I cannot see anything that could stress him! He eats, sleeps, cuddles, plays, all the normal kitty things, never cries or anything just purrs and is mellow. And so damn sweet. I have issues too but I don't know how nuch more I can handle especially when your vet of 3 years just throws up their hands and gives you bitter apple spray! KEEEEEEEEEEEEE-rist!
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Well....your stress is certainly causing him stress, don't forget.

It may not be EGC, but the atopica (cyclosporine) may help anyway, I know a cat who suffers a condition where he chews his nipple to a bloody mess, he takes cyclosporine to control it.. it gets worse during the winter months. The cat is 11, he started about 5 years ago, when he was 6.

I know another cat who licks her fur to raw spots, she takes amitriptyline for it.

And also, a cat may stress over something that we would never think of as a stressor. Perhaps there is a strange cat he sees out a window.

Or..it may just be his "thing". My Jennie licks a bare spot on her abdomen. When she licks it to soreness I have a cream called animax to put on it.

A month ago this started? Before or after you got the ssscat? When did you start feeding the RC?

I think we discussed this before but have you thought of putting the fish oil over his food rather than down his throat? Or did he reject it that way?

Cats adjust to daily meds. Tolly takes pills three times a day, and has for most of his life.

I am just throwing out thoughts as I think of them. But Mike (is that your name or his?) I do think it's time for a second opinion.
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ok I wasn't ready 4 20 questions but here goes:

no cats out the window, and he is social anyhow so no whoop there
scaaat came well after hair loss and he pays it no mind anyhow anymore, just stays away from it
he DID lick a nipple ages ago but it healed so maybe that cream is it, have used animax at any sign of irritation, but rare
I keep my stress to a minimum, HE runs the house.
RC started last July after the pancreatitis, he likes it but needs limitations with a slow meatbolism so he gets just a bit a day (1/4 cup total)
He won't eat the fish oil on his food, some days with the pill are better than others (sometimes one try, sometimes three)
It may be his "thing" but have never had a cat with a "thing" lol
is the "atopica" topical or yet ANOTHER pill?
My name is Mike, his is Buddha (see pictiures) and you are right about another opinion, this is making me nuts.
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My little man Buddha has seasonal allergies, the vet sold me some liquid antihistamine (hydroxyzine) Friday last and he gets 3ml 2x day until gone and the hair IS COMING BACK! YAY! And he is much happier now too, poor baby has itchy skin anyhow and I learned that here in the Phoenix area this has been the worst allergy season in 10 years! He will get an Omega capsule daily tho for life; that cleared his dermatitis and he takes his morning pill like a trooper. The liquid antihistamine situation is different tho, he hates it and I have to put him on the tile and keep him between my kness (kneeling) open his mouth and shoot it down. He hates it and a bit of foam comes out but that is common per vet. TIP: buy a Shark steam mop: it ROCKS and no chemicals! My tile has never been cleaner! I want to thank those who have helped me through this, I never did get a 2nd opinion, but I have a good vet, and this liquid was the last suggestion by him, and it WORKS! THANK YOU ALL!
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