Skin Disease & Itchy Skin

Sue EnglandSue England Mount Druitt, SydneyMember Posts: 385
edited 19 October, 2005 in Cat Health
Does anyone else have skin disease like me or do you simply feel itchy all the time and have to scratch and lick. I have been on lots of medications and am now on a food elimination diet again(boring) still my skin is itchy again. I also tried omega oils and anti histamines and had no luck. What works for you?

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  • edited 27 February, 2006
    Poor you :( The really crummy part about allergies is there is no curing them--you just have to try and avoid what sets you off (if you know what it is) and then try to deal with flare ups with medicine. There is allergy testing that can be done to look for specific allergens, and in some cases you can get allergy shots made up. Thankfully I don't have this problem, but my mom knows kitties that do and some of them have gotten better with this sort of treatment. Your vet will know more about this, so ask him/her next time!
  • Sue EnglandSue England Mount Druitt, SydneyMember Posts: 385
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Hiya Kiko, Yeah I tried almost everything so far and had no luck so the next step is to see the dermatologist as your every day vet has no understanding of my condition, they like to treat it with a shot of cortisone and with the visually diagnoses I have had so far from a feline specialist cortisone does not work, Yep I had cortisone shots and they didnt do anything, just made me pee and drink more. So looks like I gotta go see that doctor soon, mum says they might make me sleepy and put little drops of things on my belly. Its annoying as I only just started to get some grown up man hair on my belly and I think they gunna have to shave that off. Oh well, I hope if I have allergy to something its simple enough to fix. Thanks a heap cute thing
  • sarah schupfersarah schupfer brooklynMember Posts: 1,217
    edited 27 February, 2006
    hey jordan, i have food allergies, and my human found this out after i scratched my self bloody near my eye. had to wear that embarrasing elizabethian collar after that, plus get on some expensive vet prescribed food ...yuck! but i\'m just a mutt. i think you pure breds have different problems than us. still, you are oh so very cute!!! love your photo!!! pea
  • Sue EnglandSue England Mount Druitt, SydneyMember Posts: 385
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Hi pea, You scared the life out of me with them great big eyes. I have always been attracted to the females with bigger eyes but boy, yours are huge. Do you have an eye problem, sure hope it doenst hurt. I eat that hypoallergenic food before called ZD and it doesnt make any difference. I got a brown look all over my skin now sorta like an old sun tan. I still eating only Roo meat to see if this might be a food problem and its really boring! I need fresh road kill or something... Did your humans take you to a specialist to find out your food allergy or just test and try to see that it was food related. What food made you itch? Eww me is cute but not as cute as you with them super big puffy eyes. :) Love Jordan
  • sarah schupfersarah schupfer brooklynMember Posts: 1,217
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Hey Jordan, When I got to be about a year old, I had scratched a sore spot near my eye, about the size of a quarter. It was pretty bloody and gross. For fear that I would keep scratching, and make it worse I went to my homeopathic vet. My human described my symptoms, always flopping my ears; they were hot, rubbing my face against anything…. And my vet said it sounded like food allergies. She first suggested that I basically go on a baby food diet, or boiled lamb (I thing that was what she suggested), and drink only bottled water! But to start, I got on hills z/d like you. And it worked. But my vet no longer carries that brand, so I’m on royal canin, hypoallergenic. That works too. But I think it may be a whole different thing for your full-blooded cats. Maybe there is a support group on-line… I typed devon rex skin problems and got this…. http://www.petplanet.co.uk/vet_answers.asp?thread_id=796 http://www.dr-addie.com/Conditions.htm Good luck! Pea
  • Sue KaufmannSue Kaufmann CranfordMember Posts: 1,465
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Hi, Jordan - I have similar issues. Tried the steroids, which gave me a bladder condition and made me dopey (bad times!!!). Now we are trying homeopathic care and a diet of raw food, but it\'s slow going. The homeopathic philosophy about allergy is that the body reacts badly to the allergen (usually a harmless thing) because the body itself is out of whack. Thus, you need to get the body back into proper balance and then the allergen won\'t cause issues anymore. There is also a school of thought that many of these issues are caused by over-vaccination, too. Right now the raw diet I\'m on is an elimination diet, too. Sometimes you have to be careful with the prescription diets because they have a lot of carbs in them, rather than good, digestible proteins. I was on one of the dry ones for a bit, and I couldn\'t stand it! I hope you find out soon what the issue is -- please keep me posted!
  • Sue EnglandSue England Mount Druitt, SydneyMember Posts: 385
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Hi Hattie, I bet you are as bored with your elimination diet as I am, I'm so sick of roo meat. But there is one treat I seem to be able to have that doesnt cause any problems, well I dont think it does. I only ever had one vaccination in my life when i was 12 weeks of age, it gave me a great big skin patch, real reaction and its never gone away, I still have the big mark on my right shoulder, should have seen it when I got the shot done, I was sick for 24 hours and the red mark looked like a bit saddle over me, covered both sides. Mum says I will never be vaccinated again and if I get flu I gotta go onto antibiotics at the first sign. My allergy problem at the moment is hanging around my eyes, I dont have a lot of hair in some spots but then again I have heaps of curls in some spots. My eyes are a bit bald so you can see my skin and the skin gets really red sorta like a sun burn, I then get little red broken spots. Good news, if you read my diary you will see that I was given a wash with Malaseb, i wasnt real happy about that but it helped a great deal to remove some of the oily smell stuff I get, now mum gotta wash my inner thighs as she only did some of me. I didnt get dipped in the sink just had to stand there while she had fun and sponge washed me. At the moment my skin is pretty good but I been not speak too soon as the wrong thing will make bad again really quickly. If I had to rate my skin at the moment, 1 being excellent 10 being extremly bad I would say its about 2/10 :) Hope you can keep me informed about your skin problem and I will do the same for you too if you like. Hope we can be friends too
  • Sue KaufmannSue Kaufmann CranfordMember Posts: 1,465
    edited 27 February, 2006
    Hey, Jordan - I just sent you a note... but I see you already answered my questions. I guess I'm a little backward today *paws on forehead, shaking head* Glad to hear the medicated wash worked -- good thing after all that indignity of being wet!!! Anyway, I'll mail you again with another thought on resolving the issue. Meow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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