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My cat is 14 years old and is an indoor cat. He has recently

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My cat is 14 years old and is an indoor cat. He has recently started itching and scratching. I flea him every month and use a flea comb regularly and he has no contact with any other animals. His scratching is getting worse and he has small hairless patches appearing on his body from licking/scratching. He has eaten the same food forever.They only thing |I can think of is I bought a new air freshener about 3/4 weeks ago. Should I try anti histamines for him? Apart from the above he is very healthy and happy.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Dan replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Dan :

What you are describing is a pretty typical condition in cats that is similar to eczema in humans.

Dr. Dan :

Do you feel any rough scabby like areas where he is itching?

Dr. Dan :

Is the area of hair loss just shorter hairs or is he licking those areas completely bald?

Customer:

He is licking both hair and bald parts.

Dr. Dan :

Thanks for the information. If he is that itchy then almost certainly antihistamines will not work.

Dr. Dan :

Antihistamines are wildly ineffective in cats and bitter, so they are hard to give

Dr. Dan :

What you should consider is having him tested for ringworm

Dr. Dan :

If he tests negative then a trial of prednisolone will make him feel better and treat the most common kind of condition that affects cats like this

Dr. Dan :

The condition is called miliary dermatitis an is an immune system abnormality.

Dr. Dan :

The prednisone stops the over reaction of the immune system and he feels better and stops licking his hair off.

Customer:

There are scabby patches.

Dr. Dan :

That makes it almost certainly the miliary dermatitis, if he passes his ringworm test he'll likely respond very nicely to prednisolone from the vet.

Customer:

ok thankyou.

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