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My Cat Has Allergies - A Summary Of Treatments

Updated on October 2, 2007

Summary Of Treatments

Our cat has severe allergies. So severe that he licked his skin until he had no fur and open sores. It took over two years but the Vets and Dermatologists were finally able to treat him. Here is a summary of the treatments used.

  • Flea Allergies - The most common cause of cats biting and licking their skin is flea allergies. Our cat did not have fleas but this is always a good first step.
  • Food Allergies - The Vet next checked for food allergies. This consisted of several weeks of special food trials. After two separate trials we determined that he was not allergic to any foods.
  • Steroid Shots - The Vet gave our cat steroid shots to temporarily reduce the symptoms. This worked well for a while but soon the required dosage increased to an unacceptable level. This was halted as the Vet grew concerned about his health.
  • Mites - These cause scratching and licking similar to allergies. None were found on his skin during a visual inspection.
  • Amitryptilin - This was prescribed to break our cat of any possible obsessive licking out of habit. Cats are very much creatures of habit so doing this helped ensure he had not just gotten used to licking after the problem was solved.

  • Steroid Pills - A new type of steroid was prescribed to temporarily alleviate his allergic reactions. This was used in conjunction with the Amitryptilin.

  • Allergy Testing - The Dermatologist did allergy testing but did not find out which allergen caused his reactions.

  • Cyclosporine - A drug used in humans to prevent rejection in organ transplant patients. It helps suppress the immune system and has successfully controlled his allergies for several years now.

  • Medicated Lyme-Sulfur Dips - Dips kill any possible mites. Detection of mites is difficult so this treatment is often used for diagnosis.

  • Skin Scrape - The Dermatologist analyzed samples of his skin to check for mites. The test results came back negative again.

  • Wellness Cat Food - Our kitty began a diet of all-natural Wellness cat food to strengthen his immune system. We feel the change to a better diet also really helped manage his allergy problems. He has eaten Wellness for several years now.


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      Katerina 9 years ago

      Hi there,Thanks for sharing Beavis's story! I enjoyed reading every single detail that you've mentioned about your ordeal with Beavis's condition, and the reason is that I have an allergic kitty myself (she is a 5-year old Siamese), and we have been going through almost the same steps as you with Beavis, trying to find the cause and the remedies that would work for her condition. The only difference is that Simona (that's her name) is also on a weekly anti-pollen vaccine shot schedule that animal dermatologists have prescribed. The combination of Atopica (cyclosporin) and these shots keep her from overly excessive licking, though she still licks quite a bit.For almost three years, she has not grown back all of the hair that she had licked off, just parts (her itchy areas are inner limbs and lower belly area, as well as thighs)... There are no more sores, and the skin is covered with some fur fuzz, but it's far from the full fur restoration. She is on Hill's Prescription diet (d/d Venison and Green Pea), and she is not overly enthusiastic about this food. That is why I am so thankful to you for mentioning Wellness as a food choice, I am definitely going to try it with Simona!Thank you so much for sharing again, and I hope Beavis has fully recovered from the annoying itching, as well as from the stress that the visits to vets have caused. Best wishes,Katerina