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Old 10-26-2019, 11:53 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Hi all, I had a question about this rash that developed on my cat’s stomach...he seems to lick this area when he’s grooming and it gets worse but he doesn’t seem to be in discomfort...

Here is a pic


He does have allergies it seems, he sneezes sometimes and gets watery eyes..

He has a vet visit in March and all was ok....

Anyone have any insight?
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Old 10-26-2019, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I don't know what it is. But this would worry me enough to take him to a veterinary dermatologist.
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Old 10-26-2019, 04:26 PM
 
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Hi all, I had a question about this rash that developed on my cat’s stomach...he seems to lick this area when he’s grooming and it gets worse but he doesn’t seem to be in discomfort...

Here is a pic


He does have allergies it seems, he sneezes sometimes and gets watery eyes..

He has a vet visit in March and all was ok....

Anyone have any insight?

That looks very sore. Cats don't show pain, so it is very likely it is causing him discomfort. Please take him to the vet. It could be a food allergy or environmental allergy, or stress.

Also look up eosinophilic granuloma complex in cats.

My cat (now an angel) used to lick a bald spot down on her abdomen, near where her spay scar would be. I called it her Pink Triangle. She did often lick it bare and sore.

Vet was not very helpful, just kept prescribing Animax ointment. The Animax would stop the licking for a while, but she always started up again. So the ointment eliminated the discomfort but did not get to the root cause, which was food intolerances.

When I cut out all foods that contain carrageenan, things got a bit better, the sore spot disappeared but the fur was always kept short so she was still chewing the area.

She did not stop completely until I went to a raw diet. So the last 7 years of her life she had lovely fully grown in fur there.
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Old 10-27-2019, 08:34 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I have a vet visit scheduled....the lady I know from the cat rescue said it looks like an allergy
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Old 10-28-2019, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Owie, that looks painful. ITA with cats mom's advice above. Has anything changed in your household lately (new pet, loss of pet, change in your routine) that might cause him stress?
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Old 10-28-2019, 02:45 PM
 
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I would guess allergy, too. Probably something in his food? Please update us after your appt.
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Old 11-01-2019, 08:44 AM
 
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His patch has gotten better, I am waiting for the vet appointment..but I purchased a soothing foam from petco that seems to have really helped, thank God.
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Old 11-01-2019, 08:57 AM
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That looks very sore. Cats don't show pain, so it is very likely it is causing him discomfort. Please take him to the vet. It could be a food allergy or environmental allergy, or stress.

Also look up eosinophilic granuloma complex in cats.

My cat (now an angel) used to lick a bald spot down on her abdomen, near where her spay scar would be. I called it her Pink Triangle. She did often lick it bare and sore.

Vet was not very helpful, just kept prescribing Animax ointment. The Animax would stop the licking for a while, but she always started up again. So the ointment eliminated the discomfort but did not get to the root cause, which was food intolerances.

When I cut out all foods that contain carrageenan, things got a bit better, the sore spot disappeared but the fur was always kept short so she was still chewing the area.

She did not stop completely until I went to a raw diet. So the last 7 years of her life she had lovely fully grown in fur there.
Cats do show pain. We humans don't always know what to look for, some of us don't understand the signals. But that "cats show no pain" is a horrible myth that makes people not try and look for the signs, or ignore them when they're very obvious.

That red spot? That's a huge honking glaring enormous sign. It says "hey - this spot right here? IT HURTS."

The cat is basically drawing a circle around the spot and saying HERE HERE HERE PAY ATTENTION and you're saying cats show no pain.
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Old 11-01-2019, 10:18 AM
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I had a cat who had flea bite allergies I think you'd say. He would scratch till his tummy was raw. He was only indoors, but in Florida the fleas would jump through the screen and in the house. We had a flea guy come, non toxic stuff and it helped. I think he got a steroid shot, too, which really healed it up. Just one injection.
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Old 11-01-2019, 10:47 AM
 
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Start on a grain free diet gradually. Can use Coconut Oil on sore sites too. Refined or unrefined: it has anti-bacterial properties to it. I also give my boy 1 tsp or more per day for general wellness. He takes a dab from my finger and good bonding time.
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