My daughter's cat has a lot of small, scabby areas on top of her head, around her neck, between her shoulders, and by her tail. When you examine them, they are kind of sticky and a bit raw. Does anyone know what they are, and what can be done for them? This is a cat she rescued last year, and she can't afford to take the cat to a vet. Thank you!
By Copasetic 1 from North Royalton, OH
It really sounds like she needs to visit the vet. Have you checked to see if there are any veterinary schools in your area? Maybe you can get free or reduced-fee services. It can't hurt to try!
Flea bites? Do the dry Borax in the carpet and their beds thing. Diet? No, no, no corn wheat or soy. Cats do not do well on dry food. Raw diet best but decent can be found, just not at your local Safeway.
Should have included. No vaccines. Destroys immune system. See homeo for antidote if pet has been destroyed with vaccines. Check vaclib.org for vaccine info and you will never vaccinate.
Sounds like flea bites. Please take her to the vet!
When a pet is rescued you are making a commitment to provide it with shelter, food and medical care. Try and work something out with a vet, they often have funds or donate care for people with financial hardships.
I am not a vet, but this sounds exactly like what recently happened to me. I have totally indoor cats (which I believe everyone should, because outdoor cats seriously damage the balance of the ecosystem). However, after taking in a lost cat for one night in subzero temperatures before finding its 'parents,' one of my two cats developed the same scabby sores you describe.
I felt bad when I discovered her distress, because this particular cat, although very loving to me, is very ornery in general, and so, I brush her a lot less than my other kitty. Therefore, I felt particularly guilty for not knowing how long she had been suffering or for discovering her condition sooner. The night I discovered her condition, I researched online and was 95% certain it was fleas. However, because I felt guilty, I instead took her to the vet the next day. This cost 190$ (including 85$ for Revolution Flea Treatment).
The treatment worked completely within 4 days after only one application of the medicine. However, after seeing how very treatable the condition was, I am very certain that this is a fairly run-of-the-mill condition and that the over-the-counter versions of cat flea medications would probably have worked just as well for about 15 to 20 dollars.
I know we all want our pets to suffer the least amount as possible, but, I think that if you start with grocery store/pet store medications and make a point of brushing your cat every day. Most cats love brushing, but mine particularly loved it during this time because it helped remove the scabs and probably relived some of the itch. The upshot is, that I believe your cat has fleas and that you should start with over-the-counter flea medication immediately. Most 24-hour grocery stores would carry it.
If over-the-counter doesn't work, you can order more powerful medications online. However, most of the most popular on-line medications require a vet's prescription anyways and take a week or more to arrive. This time-frame negates the reason for ordering online as your cat would continue suffering the whole time. The upshot is, I believe you should try over-the-counter flea treatment immediately, brush your affected kitty at least twice daily (and give lots of TLC), and then consult a trusted vet if the medication does not work.
All my best to you and your kitty!
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