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Advice is needed - my kitten is sick

Hello everybody,

I have a 2 month old kitten which is scratching his head and face. Our vet says that this is an allergy. The vet is treating the kitten with cortisone shots and with cortisone oral drops. The kitten is also on a diet. But this doesn't solve the problem, the kitten is still scratching.

When this kitten was 5 weeks old he had an accident of some kind. I came home after work and found him not moving and in pain. I took him to the emergency, and the vet there said that the kitten had a neurological damage. He had diarrhea, his body temperature was low, he couldn't walk or eat. The vet said that the kitten probably was bitten by a bee. And the kitten started to scratch his head next day after the accident.

The kitten had difficulty walking and eating for some weeks after the accident. Since then he has mostly recovered, he walks, runs and eats. But he still is scratching his head to open bloody spots.

This kitten is one of 6 kittens born in our house in August. None of his brothers or sisters, or neither his mother have this problem.

I would be very thankful for any advice. I could put the photos of the kitten here. Have anybody had a similar problem with a cat?

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Old 31.10.2010, 19:18
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Re: Advice is needed - my kitten is sick

Sounds like your vets got it under control, did he contol the skin and take a little bit of skin?
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Sounds like your vets got it under control, did he contol the skin and take a little bit of skin?
Well, the vet tested him for the fungal infection. He used his hair or skin for that, I am not sure.
I wouldn't say that the vet has it under control... The cat is still scratching his head, his wounds are not healing. I will show it in the photo, this is the left side. He has 2 more spots on his right side as well.

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Old 31.10.2010, 20:08
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My cat, aged two, has exactly the same thing. Nothing has worked, the vets seem to have no clue and the final step is biopsy under general anaesthetic which I'm hesitant about.
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Re: Advice is needed - my kitten is sick

this article is about humans, but it can shed some light on your cat's situation: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2...a_fact_gawande
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Re: Advice is needed - my kitten is sick

General anesthetic is scary, but when I had to do it there was an optional pre-test to check the levels and tailor the dosage. It wasn't cheap but it was worth the peace of mind.

I hope both your cats get well soon.

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Old 31.10.2010, 21:06
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Get a second opinion, that looks very painful!
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Re: Advice is needed - my kitten is sick

sorry, cant help you with your kitten allergy problem. But just a few things:

my sister's cat has been scratching himself to open bloody spots. They have been trying all sorts of creams and medicine. Then they started looking into his diet, trying different version of foods and only when they excluded raw beef problem stopped.

as for general anaesthesia: both of my cats had been under general anaesthetic under different circumstances and both did well. One was as old as 10 years when she went for operation and another one was a very young cat when he had to be operated.
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My cat, aged two, has exactly the same thing. Nothing has worked, the vets seem to have no clue and the final step is biopsy under general anaesthetic which I'm hesitant about.
I hope your cat gets well. I will let you know if we find anything that helps.
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Get a second opinion, that looks very painful!
This is the second opinion, we have changed the vet once already. But maybe I still need to search for another doctor...
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sorry, cant help you with your kitten allergy problem. But just a few things:

my sister's cat has been scratching himself to open bloody spots. They have been trying all sorts of creams and medicine. Then they started looking into his diet, trying different version of foods and only when they excluded raw beef problem stopped.

as for general anaesthesia: both of my cats had been under general anaesthetic under different circumstances and both did well. One was as old as 10 years when she went for operation and another one was a very young cat when he had to be operated.
Thanks Blindgirl. My kitten is on a special diet now. Only his mother keeps bringing him mice and I cannot really stop her. I hope he is not allergic to mice.
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Re: Advice is needed - my kitten is sick

Did you try it with Hom÷opathie, Apis. Cats normaly react very well on Hom÷opthie. Read though this: http://www.homoeopathie-homoeopathis...ellifica.shtml
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Homeopathy is not better than nothing and will not help your cat recover. If your cat needs proper care and treatment, homeopathy will merely prolong the suffering.
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Re: Advice is needed - my kitten is sick

It could be allergenic or it could be psychological due to the early disruption to the cats life. Where he is scratching might be where he could have been stung perhaps.

One thing you could try is one of those head protector things to stop the cat scratching itself for a week or two and see if that helps in the short term to allow the cat to heal and to break the habit of scratching.

I hope your kitten recovers well.
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It could be allergenic or it could be psychological due to the early disruption to the cats life. Where he is scratching might be where he could have been stung perhaps.

One thing you could try is one of those head protector things to stop the cat scratching itself for a week or two and see if that helps in the short term to allow the cat to heal and to break the habit of scratching.

I hope your kitten recovers well.
We tried the cone, it didn't work and just made him miserable.
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Some cats deal with the cone better than others.
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My cat, aged two, has exactly the same thing. Nothing has worked, the vets seem to have no clue and the final step is biopsy under general anaesthetic which I'm hesitant about.
I would go ahead and do the biopsy. I would think the cat only needs to be put under anaesthesia for a short period. With a biopsy you may have more answers. Of course there are no guarantees but that is what I would do.
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Re: Advice is needed - my kitten is sick

I'm hesitant to jump in as I know very little about cats...

... but I just want to second Mrs. D's post - were it me, I'd do the biopsy. One of my mutts was plagued with a mysterious skin condition; testing for all the usual suspects left us no wiser. It was not until we did a biopsy that we understood the problem was hormone related; that information pointed us in the right direction, eventually leading to a solution.

If you are concerned about anesthesia discuss this with your vet, ask what safety precautions can be taken, ask about which anesthetic will be used, ask what kind of monitoring will be done during the procedure, etc. Or, ask if it might make sense to have the procedure can be done at a specialist hospital (such as theTierspital in ZH,or the Spezialistenklinik in ZG).

Leonie and Economisto, I hope you both find answers soon, and that both your kitties start to feel better.
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Our Vet uses a combination of conventional and homeopathic treatment combined with diet and so far our pets have done well.
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Ok, I am definetely no vet and I have not seen a human patient in well over 7 years but that is a scary "wound". I would definetely go for the biopsy just to rule out something nasty. It could also be a parastitic infection but I am not really convinced. Best wishes!
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