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I'm super itchy this spring. Any easy remedies?

Karina GressKarina Gress Member Posts: 402
I've always had sensitive skin, and get itchy in the spring just like meowmy, but this spring it's driving me crazy. I've licked/scratched my inner back legs raw and naked. I've been to the vet a few times for the problem over the years, and he always said it was just dry skin and I need more oils in my diet, but nothing works. I've tried fish oil, vitamin E, nutramalt, and they're all icky (my feline family likes these so they're fine). My favorite food canned was discontinued (whiskas), and although I love the taste of Fancy Feast, it doesn't help with the itchies. I love to be brushed, so maybe a certain brush helps distribute skin oils better? When meowmy's skin gets really dry she uses olive oil (like the Greeks did). Can I use this too, or can anyone recommend something else? Can meowmy put something directly on my skin? Why is it so bad this year (I live in the Pacific NW)?

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    i haven't had the problem with my cat but my beagle has been scratching and pulling her hair out on her back by her tail and her belly was bright red. I used cortorzone cream on her and that didn't help. then i tried a handcream with oatmeal in it. believe it or not her skin turned back to normal color, no more redness and her hair is growing back. they say oatmeal baths help itching, so thats why i tried an oatmeal handcream.
  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    If you're truly miserable, there are a few things you can try. The first is to get a scrip for steroids from your vet. No, it won't make you look like Jose Canseco and have to go before some sort of Government Panel. Side effects of steroids for cats aren't so bad, and it can have a dramatic affect on the itchiness. Meowmie can also use hypo-allgergenic shampoo on you which will reduce the dosage of the steroids you'd have to take. Make sure meowmie uses a very soft brush to groom you because brushing can sometimes aggravate the itching. I wouldn't use any topical creams or oils unless you get the okey-dokey from your doc because you might lick it off and get sick from it. Lastly, like humans who have severe allergies, you can get shots for it.
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