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Advice needed on how to help my itching cat
Sorry for the length of this post, thanks for any one who read it

My poor cat has been itching herself for a few months. I took her to the veterinarian and they first had me try a topical flee treatment which was a fail due to the fact she doesn’t have fleas.

Next was the prednisone pill pop and pray she swallows, not spits.
After a few spitouts I tried the prednisone compound meatball chew. I crumbled that into her wet food. She rarely eats past meal midpoint so never gets the full dose.

So now I’m thinking about bathing her. But it would take an army to bathe this cat. She doesn’t like to be held very long in the best of circumstances so trying to bathe her would be the beginning of WWIII.

Normally I wouldn’t be considering bathing her but what else is there? Vet wanted to try topical flea treatment even though I told them she doesn’t go outside, doesn’t have fleas, I’ve not seen a single flea or other critter on her or evidence. Anyway the flea treatment didn’t work just like I knew it wouldn’t so now my choice is prednisone tablets or chews, injections or some type of natural remedy.

I don’t want to do the prednisone anymore or injections unless it’s last resort. I tried giving her a 1/2 teaspoon of fish oil on her food well she turned her nose at it. She is extremely finicky.

I’ve since purchased a scented dry shampoo with colloidal oatmeal and other natural ingredients. I’m going to attempt to put it on my hands and try to rub it in to her skin. It says to “spray liberally onto fur.” ha.hAHaHHAAHHAAHAAA tyrone1cruise

I’m so upset seeing her itching. It’s not a serious case as there are no bald spots but it’s enough that it’s bothering her I’m sure.

I don’t want to keep giving her prednisone just because, drugs and unwanted side effects.

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30 minutes later: welp that went pretty much like like I thought. (the dry shampoo rub plan)

She took immediate notice of the strange new petting methods I was attempting and she was “NOT TODAY” halfway down the stairs instantly.

Well I am becoming stressed out. I want to help her so much. But I don’t want to force pills down her throat or injections

a) she will hate it and possibly become wary of me

b) side effects

I don’t want to forcibly restrain her to bathe her

a) she will hate it and possibly become wary of me

But I want to stop her itching. I don’t know what to do. I love her so much. Does anyone have any suggestions or opinions?

Some more info: she never used to itch, she’s fed a high quality grain free diet; wet and dry, no change in diet, healthy weight, is played with, overall a healthy, energetic kitty with mysterious itching.

Should I just let her itch vs forcing pills? Ugh

Also does anyone make homemade cat food? What and how I’d be interested in knowing? Thanks in advance!


Thanks for any helpful, thoughtful comments. She’s a sweet, loving wonderful cat who just doesn’t like to be held very long and difficult with medical stuff before any stupid “get rid of her” comments happen.
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Could be mites. They make flea collars that may help.
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The cat food manufacturer may have started using a different ingredient in the food, and your cat may be allergic to it.
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Change the food. Probably some preservative or something. It's worth it to feed clean. They're so much better off.
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coconut oil, rub all over cat so it looks greasy. Put towels down where ever it goes on the furniture because it is an oil and will stain. This will smother mites, fleas and if it is dry skin help that is well. Keep doing it everyday for a week. If that does not help, then it could be a food allergy, try a different food.
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Have your vet do allergy tests to rule that out.
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Oatmeal bath....yes, they make these for cats. If will help soothe the skin. I don't know what's causing the itching, but with my cat, I think it was stress. Is there anything different/new/upsetting to her? Something to check for.


In order to give her a bath, you've got to fill the sink FIRST - NOT have the water running while you try to dunk her. Fact: cats DO NOT like the water! I know you know this, I'm just saying.

So, the bath water has to be filled in the sink, and the water at CAT BODY TEMPERATURE. In this way, they don't really even realize it's wet, cause it just feels like their own body temperature, and they won't realize it's W-A-T-E-R if you don't splash. You can kind of "dunk" her, full body in (except head). If you try to put back legs in first, she WILL fight and claw to get out. So if you kind of hold her with legs UP and back down into the sink first. DO NOT SPLASH AT ALL. Just kind of dunk her, and then turn her - very slowly - until she can touch the bottom with her feet, but DON"T let her head or ears get wet or she WILL go ballistic over that.

You're not really "washing" her - at first, just holding her in it and letting her see you are not intending to drown
her!

If you can, put some of the oatmeal soap on her and use a cup to rinse off. With my cats, if I run the spigot, they will go ballistic.

It's kind of got to be done with you ever-so-slowly and calmly so THEY don't get freaked.

Some of my cats take a bath pretty easy, and some don't. You might need help, someone to help hold her, tho.

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Take her someplace and have her groomed. Tell them she's not used to it. Have it done by someone else so she won't be mad at you.

Or, if you decide to groom her yourself, Michele in the post above knows the right way to do it. Follow her advice.

Change up the protein in her diet. Figure out what the ingredients are in what you are feeding her then go to a real pet store and get something different. No Friskies Buffet or crap like that.

I also agree with others that it *might* be mites. Although since she doesn't go outside, she is more likely allergic to something either inside the house or her food.

Hopefully you're not using carpet deoderizer or anything like that.

Also, if you give her cat treats, stop!

You need to nail down what she's alllergic to then the problem will be solved.

And dump the pred. It's bad for her.

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Have you used a new cleaner or anything like that recently? Cats are allergic to Lysol, so there might be some other cleaner or oil they could be allergic to.

I found a recipe to make something to put on them for mites and it worked- it was lemon juice- you like cut a lemon into quarters, add 2 or 3 (forget)s cup of water- boil it down halfway, add another cup of water, boil it down to 2/3- you can probably find it if you look-

you rub it on them once a day for however many days they say- I did it for 5 I think, and it worked great. Had to keep her from licking it off til it dried though.
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Change the food. Probably some preservative or something. It's worth it to feed clean. They're so much better off.
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It's a wheat allergy. Get a good quality food with no wheat.
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OP,

I've heard good things about this product. They have a cat formula.

[link to dinovite.com (secure)]

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Listen, You are being ARROGANT and you are in DENIAL. The cat HAS FLEAS, ok?

It Doesnt matter if the cat is indoor only. The cat is ONLY ITCHING bcuz it has at least 2 fleas.

The fleas this year are called SUPER FLEAS. They are getting into homes and they WILL NOT DIE, even with the strongest flea bombs and topical treatments. They have developed resistance to normal treatments.

Stop being such an ARROGANT, PRIDEFUL FOOL and get your cat the REAL Soresto collar. It is the ONLY thing left that works. Its 60 bucks. DOnt try a knock off. I have been through ALL of this for months, and was in DENIAL, just like YOU, because my indoor cat had 'never been outside so he couldnt POSSIBLY have fleas'

Well, I took his to get groomed, and sure enough, they told me they found fleas, and THAT was the cause of his scratching.

The only medication that is left that works on this Super Flea generation is the real Soresto collar. Just go buy it already.
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I come to Godlike to suggest Neem, Neem oil is a plant based material. It is known for its quality at curing just about anything relating to skin in pets and humans. Neem can be used by humans also. [link to www.organicfacts.net (secure)]
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I come to Godlike to suggest Neem, Neem oil is a plant based material. It is known for its quality at curing just about anything relating to skin in pets and humans. Neem can be used by humans also. [link to www.organicfacts.net (secure)]
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you have to be careful with most essential oils and pets... please research before you use them
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Could be the food you're buying. Read the ingredients. I've spotted many cat foods that have corn meal as the first ingredient. Find a grain free food, like Purina Beyond.
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Ivermectin cream. Rub it on the affected areas. It works
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Try giving them a bath with coconut milk. It could be like scabbies. Let it soak for as long as possible.
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Sorry for the length of this post, thanks for any one who read it

My poor cat has been itching herself for a few months. I took her to the veterinarian and they first had me try a topical flee treatment which was a fail due to the fact she doesn’t have fleas.

Next was the prednisone pill pop and pray she swallows, not spits.
After a few spitouts I tried the prednisone compound meatball chew. I crumbled that into her wet food. She rarely eats past meal midpoint so never gets the full dose.

So now I’m thinking about bathing her. But it would take an army to bathe this cat. She doesn’t like to be held very long in the best of circumstances so trying to bathe her would be the beginning of WWIII.

Normally I wouldn’t be considering bathing her but what else is there? Vet wanted to try topical flea treatment even though I told them she doesn’t go outside, doesn’t have fleas, I’ve not seen a single flea or other critter on her or evidence. Anyway the flea treatment didn’t work just like I knew it wouldn’t so now my choice is prednisone tablets or chews, injections or some type of natural remedy.

I don’t want to do the prednisone anymore or injections unless it’s last resort. I tried giving her a 1/2 teaspoon of fish oil on her food well she turned her nose at it. She is extremely finicky.

I’ve since purchased a scented dry shampoo with colloidal oatmeal and other natural ingredients. I’m going to attempt to put it on my hands and try to rub it in to her skin. It says to “spray liberally onto fur.” ha.hAHaHHAAHHAAHAAA tyrone1cruise

I feel bad for you - I know what it’s like to have an animal with an issue that isn’t easily solved by a vet visit. I just HATE to see all of the posts by people who INSIST they have the cure. The fact is it’s dangerous to take everyone’s advice. A lot of these “cures” seem like they’d be more aggravating to the problem. Sometimes the issue is more psychosomatic than physical. It’s way too hard to diagnose a cat on some online forum and it could make things so much worse. Just be careful - definitely don’t add ANYTHING to your cats skin or fur you’re not sure of. Especially “scented shampoos”…I hope you find a remedy - poor kitty

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I feel bad for you - I know what it’s like to have an animal with an issue that isn’t easily solved by a vet visit. I just HATE to see all of the posts by people who INSIST they have the cure. The fact is it’s dangerous to take everyone’s advice. A lot of these “cures” seem like they’d be more aggravating to the problem. Sometimes the issue is more psychosomatic than physical. It’s way too hard to diagnose a cat on some online forum and it could make things so much worse. Just be careful - definitely don’t add ANYTHING to your cats skin or fur you’re not sure of. Especially “scented shampoos”…I hope you find a remedy - poor kitty

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The cat food manufacturer may have started using a different ingredient in the food, and your cat may be allergic to it.
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Yeah, I would check the diet.

What are you feeding her?
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"Dinovite" supplement for cats.
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A higher quality food with Solid Gold Seameal sprinkled on it got rid of my cat's itchiness after a month or so. I also used Vetericyn spray to treat the area before the Solid Gold Seameal kicked in ( [link to vetericyn.com (secure)] )
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coconut oil, rub all over cat so it looks greasy. Put towels down where ever it goes on the furniture because it is an oil and will stain. This will smother mites, fleas and if it is dry skin help that is well. Keep doing it everyday for a week. If that does not help, then it could be a food allergy, try a different food.
 Quoting: MonkeyWrangler


Holy coconut oil diarrhea Batman! Cat will shit like a goose after licking that off.
He’ll be able to shit through wax paper.


Change your kittys food. Add a tiny bit of full oil tuna for a while.

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So, you say you have an itchy pussy....
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A full body weight two foot stomp will usually end that annoying scratching.
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What exactly is your cat doing? Scratching? Licking?

Good there are no bald spots yet.

Is the cat licking? Cats groom excessively because of discomfort or anxiety. They only have so many ways to tell us that.

So if grooming a lot, have the vet check the cat's anal sacks. Some cats need help expressing them. It's a quick and cheap procedure that a tech can do. If grooming too much, you might check for bladder infection (especially if the cat is male). Less likely (if it's an older cat), they sometimes get arthritis (Dasuquin is often given), but I'd expect to see other behaviors if that were the case.


If both or just scratching: It's not cheap, but there is a medicine called Revolution. Once per month. It's a liquid you apply on the neck. Works against fleas and parasites. Fleas in the house aren't always obvious for a while.

Allergies are a possibility.

Also, do you have indoor plants? A few common plants/flowers are not good for cats. Be careful to avoid lilies in the home.

Watch your cat's behavior, routines for any other clues.
I hope you find the answer! Report back if you do!

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Your best advice:

Don’t come to GLP for advice on how to treat your cat’s condition!

Find a better vet!

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monistat, oh lol I thought cat was code word for something else you know the pervs here lol
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How about you STOP WASHING the POOR CAT ffs?

If I was your cat id run away asap.

But for some swimming in the wild CATS Do NOT BATHE with human made products. The dry bathe in dry dirt outside.

You keep on washing its natural skin oils off of it.

Also feed it some real food. You can get some good mackerel fish at the dollar tree store for $1. They love the fish and the watery juice the fish comes in. Try it the cat will go nuts just smelling it.
Don’t feed it the plastic canned cat food.

JMHO

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