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Kitten troubles need advice.
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Doc    Posted 01-09-2004 at 12:57:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Friend of mine gave me a kitten (alost a cat). Asked me to rescue it from his dog before the pup killed it. So I brought it home and it had a big patch of fur missing from it's back and abrasions on it's spine.
Seemed to start healing and then all of a sudden I notice another patch of fur missing from back of neck. Thought maybe my dog decided "lunch". This one wasn't bad but then I noticed fur everywhere and the bare patch kept growing. Now to find out the cat is doing it to itself. Keeps scratching itself raw.

The bare patch is now about 5" long and raw around the back of the neck and the damn cat won't leave it alone. Finally I put some antibacteral agent on it along with a gauze pad but had to put two socks over it's neck (with hole for it's head) and tape it around the cats neck to get it to leave it alone.

Any ideas as to why the cat is repeatedly scratching itself raw? No fleas or ticks and nothing on the skin that I can see at all.

Any advice would be appreciated.


Mike in tn    Posted 01-09-2004 at 19:10:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It's a dang cat, put a 22 between it's ears and get you another cat if you want one. Save yourself and it alot of agony and grief. Remember it is a cat, not a human.
Mike


Maggie/TX~Hey Doc!    Posted 01-09-2004 at 18:11:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ok, could be ringworm like most on here think, but it could be something else. I had a cat years ago that would do just like you said and it was usually just around the neck. Would start and go all around the neck and then start over again. The vet checked her out real good and it was not ringworm. The vet said that some cats are allergic to fleas and this is the reaction! Try some Bag Balm on the cat on the scratched places.


Paula    Posted 01-09-2004 at 13:17:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Incidentally ringworm is a fungus not an actual worm.
And it is touch contagious.

Paula


WallSal55    Posted 01-09-2004 at 13:13:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would take a trip to the vet for the right type
of worm medicine. Call around for prices
of office calls, etc. Some vets prices are
reasonable, some are too high, especially for
cats! But I had a cat infested with worms,
scabs, itching, missing patches of hair.
This is something that needs to be treated from inside with medicine.


Paula    Posted 01-09-2004 at 13:02:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Congratulations sounds like ringworm. It is treatable
but highly contagious. It needs an antifungal so you're
going to have to take him to the vet if that's what it is.

Paula


Cindi    Posted 01-09-2004 at 13:10:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
EWWW! YUK! YUK! GET RID OF IT! GET RID OF IT NOW! IF IT GETS ON YOU IT WILL ITCH TO TIL YOUR'E MAD!

Whew. Sorry. Just got over a bout with one of those little bstrds and they are miserable. Don't catch it.

It couldn't be mange?


Paula    Posted 01-09-2004 at 13:15:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You know if it was a dog and he described it like that I'd
wonder about mange too, but in cats when it looks like
mange its likely ringworm.

Paula


china man    Posted 01-09-2004 at 14:53:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I love cats taste like chicken


Doc    Posted 01-09-2004 at 19:18:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for all the advice but I don't think it's ringworm. We'll watch it for a day or two and use some meds.

That 22 thing............ would a 30-30 do?


Bulldog    Posted 01-10-2004 at 05:17:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why spend 20 cents when 2 will do the trick?


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