One of my cats, Tillie has had a skin problem since she was about 8 weeks old. Shes now 4. She basically scratches herself until she is bald and bleeding and even then will carry on. I have tried all sorts... To start with it was occurring maybe a couple of times a year, then every 6 months, then every three and now it's every time we take her collar off. We tried different foods, thinking it was a food allergy. I've treated the house with various sprays an a uv light thinking it was a dust mite allergy. I've had three skin biopsys done at different times. To start with the vets would give her a steroid injection to stop the irritation and cream to clear up the wound but then the more she had the less effective they become. She's had different tablets, ones with steroid in, others for her skin. I've tried different lotions and potions... The latest I found on 'Many Tears' website after reading how much it helped them. We began to think it was stress related so we was goin for reiki, which seemed to make a tremendous difference to start with but now that doesn't have any affect with 'chilling her out'. Basically what I'm getting at is..... Do you think I'm been cruel by keeping her collar on all the time. I try to take it off every week or so so she can clean herself but then she goes mad and I end up bathing a very bloody and very distressed Tillie. Someone at work told me I was cruel for keeping her like this... Although she also told me she'd have her pts after she found out the first biopsy cost over 250... Just wanted your opinions really....an by all means if anyone has any other suggestions I would be very pleased to hear them!