Hi everyone. I'm new here and joined because I'm absolutely at my wit's end here and hoping that hearing from others might help. A few months ago we adopted a lovely tabby named Sebastian. He has FIV, which we've had no issues with in itself, but since adopting him we've discovered that he has allergies that make him very itchy and scabby. When this all first started we got him skin tested and tried reducing exposure to things, which was easy enough as he's an indoor cat. Unfortunately this didn't work and the vet has said that environment changes are unlikely to resolve this and wants to go at it medically. He's also on a hydrolysed food diet so this definitely isn't caused by what he's eating. Because of his FIV he can't take certain medications so we're trying different things with the vet. At the moment he's started an immunotherapy treatment, which might help (50% success in cats) but not for a few months. In the meantime he is taking short bursts of steroids once a week, as they might aggravate the FIV so he can't take them too much. If the immunotherapy doesn't work, he'll just have to take the steroids for life, which will shorten his lifespan but at least he'll be more comfortable. He's been wearing the cone of shame for over 3 months now. He's very used to it and it seems he's adjusted to it as part of his life but it's still not ideal. We tried one of those suits you can get but he hates it and kept wrangling out of it. When out of the cone, he will demolish his skin and not pay any attention to anything apart from biting at himself or food. Here's the issue. When I last spoke to the vet, he set the current steroid plan as 3 days on tablets, one week off, and said to try extending the week if ever possible. It's his first day off tablets today and when I tried taking his cone off this morning he was biting at himself just like always. I tried to wait a few minutes, gave him some snacks, and have him cuddles, in the hopes that it wasn't so much about the itch but more about finally being able to reach bits of himself. Even after all that though it was clear that he's just as itchy as ever. In terms of practicalities of his care I'm fine - we have a brilliant specialist working with us. What is really getting to me is that the steroids might not be enough. The vet has told me that if the immunotherapy doesn't work and he has to be on steroids forever and reduce his lifespan we are at least sure that the steroids will work. But now I'm so worried they won't. Apart from the fact that we've spent thousands of pounds and months of time on this and he's literally in the same situation as if we'd just put him in a cone and done nothing else, what I'm really worried about is my boy living the rest of him life in a cone or suit of some kind. Has this ever happened to anyone? Is it a thing? It's just that we are running out of things to try and I don't know what happens when we do and nothing's worked.