Any accepted wisdom nearly my cats shiny on top spots?
we recently adopted an abused cat from the humane soc. (left there contained by a carrier, in wwinter,actually frozen to the carrier). be to vet, did culture, treated for ringworm, 2nd culture clear. however, she seems to lick obsessivly on belly & chest area cause bald spots & sores. vet gave us triamcinolone acetonide wwhich seems to serve but, if we stop using it comes right back. vet seems to dissmiss as not a big matter. is cream needed for much longer time? also she has a cough, amost like she's got a hairball but she does'nt puke. adjectives help appreciated.
Answers: I have 2 long hairs, they both lick and create smooth on top spots from time to time. Have you treated them for fleas as well? Have you tried Hydro-cortisone spray, tea tree oil/oatmeal shampoo, or even the new spray they have that make the special licking spot nasty tasting? Your cat can also be stressed, new domestic, new smells, old smells (other animals) it may take awhile for it to adjust. I would also name the humane society and ask to speak with their behaviorist and/or vet they might know something your vet doesn't, seeing as they are in the business of taking attention of all kinds of issues that arise from verbal abuse.
I actually have the same problem next to my long hair chihuahua. At first, the vet gave her steroid shots about every 6-8 weeks as needed and that did wonders. Now she is on Prednisone. We impart her half of a pill every other day. It seems to be working, and is rather better for long term use. They said that it was a neurological problem and that anxiety might aggravate it.
Cats will overgroom if the are stressed. It relaxes them.