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Hi, I just wanted to see if anyone has any advice for my current situation. I have been having some allergy issues with my cat.
In March, he developed some small bald spots on his ears and feet and his lip swelled up. I took him to the vet and they suggested removing plastic. He also received an antibiotic and steroid shot.
A month later, he had healed and then immediately developed another bald spot on his ear, this time bigger and more irritated, he would scratch it until it bled. I took him back to the vet and they recommended removing chicken from his diet. I got a second opinion and they recommended flea preventative. I did not know that an indoor cat would need to be on a flea preventative but as soon as I found out I got him on one. I also removed the chicken from his diet like the first vet suggested. Since doing those things, he has been doing much better. He hasn’t had any bald patches on his ears and no reactions on his lip or feet. I have noticed that his ears have some spots with less hair and they are a little red. It seems that no matter what I do, he is still itchy. I am giving him fish oil to strengthen his coat but I haven’t noticed a difference yet. I was wondering if anyone has had a similar experience and if I should keep trying things or take him back to the vet. I have absolutely no problem taking him, I am just not sure because I tend to over react with my cats health and I have now taken him to the vet 4 times within 6 months so I thought I would look for advice here first. I’m thinking that the next step would be to try to get him some blood tests. Other than the skin issues he is totally fine, very healthy and happy. The pictures are how his ears look now.
 

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Chicken isn't the only thing in food that can use itchy skin. Many fillers and things you wouldn't even think of that would cause a reaction can also cause itchiness. Goat milk causes bald spots on my cat and that is an ingredient purported to have all sort of healthy benefits to pets. A vague "by product" or "meal" listed in the ingredient list can contain chicken.

You can try a bland-ish food with few fillers for a couple of weeks to see if that helps relieve the itching. The Rawz brand of food is often suggested but it's expensive and not widely sold Minimally Processed Natural Cat Food Archives | RAWZ A more widely available limited ingredient brand of food can also be tried. There's also raw and home cooked diets to explore but don't expect much support from your vet on those diets.


Environmental allergies can also cause skin issues. Litter, household cleaners, fragrances, dust under the bed, pollen, etc.

Indoor only cats do not need a monthly parasite preventative unless you live in an area where fleas and other bugs are a big problem. Vets suggest and recommend a lot of things but you don't always have to listen to those :)
 
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Chicken isn't the only thing in food that can use itchy skin. Many fillers and things you wouldn't even think of that would cause a reaction can also cause itchiness. Goat milk causes bald spots on my cat and that is an ingredient purported to have all sort of healthy benefits to pets. A vague "by product" or "meal" listed in the ingredient list can contain chicken.

You can try a bland-ish food with few fillers for a couple of weeks to see if that helps relieve the itching. The Rawz brand of food is often suggested but it's expensive and not widely sold Minimally Processed Natural Cat Food Archives | RAWZ A more widely available limited ingredient brand of food can also be tried. There's also raw and home cooked diets to explore but don't expect much support from your vet on those diets.

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Environmental allergies can also cause skin issues. Litter, household cleaners, fragrances, dust under the bed, pollen, etc.

Indoor only cats do not need a monthly parasite preventative unless you live in an area where fleas and other bugs are a big problem. Vets suggest and recommend a lot of things but you don't always have to listen to those :)
Thank you!! I will definitely look into all of that. As long as he is ok I would like to try some stuff without spending hundreds on another vet visit lol
 
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