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Poor cat with reoccuring wound on head! (PICTURES WARNING)

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by BellaJimmy, Oct 24, 2019.


  1. BellaJimmy

    BellaJimmy PetForums Newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    I have a wonderful 3 year old boy called Jimmy. Since about a year back he has on and off had open wounds on his head. Have been to the vets once and they suggested it could be a good allergy. We have tried different food including "hypersensitive" but nothing seems to work long term. I did think he was better when eating poultry based food but now they are back again. We have another cat in the house but she is healthy and happy so guessing it can't be anything contagious?
    Have attached two photos.

    Does anyone have any ideas or similar experiences? So grateful for any feedback anyone has as am starting to feel very defeated.
     

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  2. Soozi

    Soozi PetForums VIP

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    Ouch they look terribly sore. I would ask your vet for a referral to a specialist. Does your cat go outside could he be getting into fights?
     
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    Is she scratching/worrying at it to make it like this?
    The first pic looks like a bite wound and the second the result of an abcess, to me, but I’m sure your Vet would have considered these.
     
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    What are you feeding him?
     
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    I’d have been back to the vet if it hadn’t improved long ago tbh.

    It looks very sore so I would make an appointment ASAP if he were mine. This can’t continue.
     
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    My only experience of this is in bunnies... where something in the inside is causing a re-occuring soreness on the outside (e.g. teeth or ear infection in my bunnies case - the sore area doesn't have to be directly by area you might think is affected). First off it get treated as if it were just a sore/cut but the re-occurance I'm sure will make the vets think differently.

    Hannah
     
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  7. BellaJimmy

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    He is an indoor cat and a very docile one at that. He has been living with 2 females but the problems existed even when he lived alone. What kind of specialist would that be then? Thanks in advance
     
  8. BellaJimmy

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    Yes he scratches them all the time which makes them bleed. The one that was bleeding had just been scratched open again.
     
  9. BellaJimmy

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    We have tried him on different foods. Hypoallergenic for the past 6 months or so with different proteins. Considering removing dry food and giving him just meat to see if that makes any difference, have heard that can help?
     
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    As said I have taken him to the vet and 2 different vets at that. This is as a last resort. We have an appointment booked for tuesday. Was more looking for any tips is anyone had been through the same thing. But thank you for that.
     
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    He needs to go back to the vet.
     
  12. BellaJimmy

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    Thanks Hannah I will try and get them to check surrounding areas. If only they could talk!
     
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    Yes he has a time booked. Was wondering if anyone had any personal experiences as they vets have not been able to diagnose him. Thank you for your insight.
     
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    MilleD PetForums VIP

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    If that's sarcasm, it's not helpful.

    You state that this has been going on a year, and you have been to the vets once.

    Your cat is in pain and needs to be seen ASAP.
     
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    Would just like to add that we have a time booked but I was looking for any personal experiences- hence posting in a pet forum. The vet has not yet been able to diagnose him and I was hoping that someone had some input. Thank you for all the feedback
     
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    One of mine used to get himself into that state (same place) - in fact, he looked a lot like Jimmy, too. . The actual soreness was self-inflicted, scratching wildly - it was due to an allergy. In the meantime, could you put a collar on him to stop him scratching it until the vet has had a look, just to give it a rest for a while. Poor guy. I know this is obvious, but have you looked really carefully for fleas . . . it just takes one to set it off. Mine had to have steroids quite often.

    Anything is worth a try.
     
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  17. BellaJimmy

    BellaJimmy PetForums Newbie

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    I have been to more than one vet about the same problem and
    No and nor does your judgemental tone.

    I have been to the vets more than once to no avail but have another time booked next week. Not that I have to explain myself to you.

    I was asking if anyone had any personal experience and looking more for tips and support.
     
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  18. BellaJimmy

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    Hi,

    Thanks so much for your response. It's so frustrating because you just want to help them. Did you go to a specialist or find out what he was allergic to? We have tried with a collar but he scratched until he gets similar wounds on his neck so it's hard to know what to do. We had an ointment to put on him the last few weeks but that just seems to irritate him more.

    Going to ask for more info on how to plan his hypoallergenic diet next week. Just wish there was something I could do to help him in the mean time:(

    How long did it take for yours to come through it? Thanks so much for your answer
     
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    Yes, I would most definitely suggest you transition him off any kibble at all, to start. There is a thread here on how to do an elimination diet. But I would be inclined to transition him to a raw diet, eliminating processed foods all together.
     
  20. BellaJimmy

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    Okay thanks so much for the tip will do some research into it this evening. :)
     
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