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« on: April 19, 2016, 10:17:16 AM »

Is anyone currently caring for a kitty that scratches her face with her back claws?  One of mine does this and it scarred and left a bare spot on her upper lip by her nose.  I'm not sure if this is going to heal or fur will grow back given that she cleans that area after each meal.   I've been keeping her in an e-collar for several months now to protect her from further trauma, feeding hypoallergenic diet, getting allergy testing next week, and dentistry is going to take a look also.   Been thinking of getting nail caps put on her back claws by the groomer so that maybe we can take the collar off.
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2016, 12:30:34 PM »

I've never heard of that but my cat often scratch with their back legs. I hope the caps work those collars can be murder.
 
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2016, 02:23:31 PM »

Right after I had gotten a cat, I noticed he did use his back feet to scratch, got his face and neck bad but it turns out he was just trying to get at his ears, the vet found ear mites. Maybe check the ears?
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2016, 03:56:12 PM »

Check the teeth too , it can be  sign of dental pain or food allergy .
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2016, 05:31:21 AM »

Thanks for everyone's kind words and support.  She is going to see dentistry and dermatology soon.  Revolution is used monthly for ears mites/fleas.  In the meantime I just have to supervise her when the collar is off in order for her to eat and groom.  I sure hope they can get to the bottom of this.  We did about four courses of Pred in 2015 and that helped a lot each time but that can't go on indefinitely due to the risk of her getting diabetes from it.  Her primary vet floated the idea of Atopica but I looked it up and it seems like a very powerful medicine that might create additional illnesses also.
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2016, 05:34:04 AM »

Just a thought: maybe an allergic reaction to the Revolution?
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2016, 04:23:51 PM »

They took blood today for the allergy test.  Interestingly they found an ear issue.  No mites or fungus but lots of pain in one ear on the side she scratches.  We're doing synoptic for a week then will get a vetscope to look in the ear.
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2016, 07:40:54 AM »

I am sorry to hear about your kitty's sore ear.  I just wrote NedF about what my vet gave me for my Esther's earache, and it worked quickly and her ear and it has been fine since.  It's too long a name to rewrite here, but you can check Ned's thread "Yet another trip to the vet" about the ingredients in the Animax ointment.

As Meowli, I also wondered about the Revolution for fleas.  After all, that is a poison if it kills the fleas.  You could experiment with stopping that for a while.
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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2016, 01:55:13 AM »

The dental people found something else that may be related to the ear and face pawing.  They think she has neuropathic pain based on how sensitive her jaw / face / ear is to touch.  It could have come from previous teeth extractions on that side- the timing of the extractions and the onset of the scratching and pawing the face coincide.  The allergy people are still thinking she has allergies and have us doing a special diet (which is giving her diarrhea) but the dental people are more focused on controlling the pain with buprenex for now and maybe gabapentin. 
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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2016, 03:33:52 AM »

Wow, that's a lot going on, rbauer.  I hope your kitty begins to feel better soon.
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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2016, 04:12:56 PM »

It breaks my heart that she's been in an e collar for four months and can only have it off to eat or groom.  Do you think she even notices or cares at this point or am I suffering way more than she is?  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2016, 04:27:08 PM »

I hope the pain meds help !
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« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2016, 06:07:46 PM »

The diarrhea has resolved after one dose of benebac. I've always had excellent results with benebac but never fortiflora. I'm not sure what to do now.    I'm afraid if I restart the Buprenex diarrhea may come back. Or maybe the diarrhea came from the hypoallergenic diet.  The dermatologist wants her to take atopica but she is not itchy in an allergy way. She scratches because she's painful. Her face and her jaw hurts when it's touched or stimulated and she  twitches her ear and raises her back foot and digs into her face. I know this because she spends most of the day in my lap and I see her reaction to touching her face and jaw.  I am going to ask my primary veterinarian about gabapentin or other pain medicines that are good for neuropathic pain.   All of this trouble started a year ago after a dental when a lot of teeth were removed.  The nerve runs right below the roots. Something had to have happened.  This does not seem like an allergic cat in my humble opinion. But I am not a doctor.
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« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2016, 08:07:36 PM »

Buprenex usually causes constipation so it's probably the food that's causing the diarrhea. I sure hope you can find out the cause of the pain. Has she had an dental x-ray of her jaw/teeth?
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« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2016, 06:56:16 AM »

I haven't been following this regularly, but have you considered seeing an oral surgeon or neurologist for consultation? It does sound as if there is more going on than allergic itching. Wishing you much luck.
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