Never put human ointment on an animal, they have different genetic make up and it can really sting and burn them. My vet told me this
It could easily be fleas even if you don't see them. Cats are good at killing the fleas and cleaning up the evidence when they groom. The sores are often the only sign.
There are several things that these scabs may indicate. It sounds like dermal parasites--fleas, mites, and ringworm are very unlikely. I assume he has not escaped outside recently and there have not been any new additions to the household.
Do you have any other cats that may be causing trauma to him?
Food allergy can cause dermal eruptions, especially around the face, eyes, and neck but can be found anywhere (I have seen them in the arm pits and along the back for example). Food allergies are often something cats develop in early adulthood. Other contact or environmental allergies can also cause dermal eruptions.
Infection, related to trauma, stress, or secondary to another cause, is possible and all secondary infections need to be treated.
I would have these lesions examined by your veterinarian so appropriate treatment can be started and before they get worse.
This cat needs to be re-examined by a veterinarian. Tests need to be done for mites, ringworm, fleas, and secondary infection (yeast and bacteria). A skin biopsy may be needed to determine the cause of these scabs. Bloodwork may be needed to make sure there is not an underlying disease that is compromising the immune system. If your general practice veterinarian cannot reach a diagnosis have this cat referred to a veterinary dermatitis.
It may be the result of an allergy to dairy food (milk, cheese, cream, etc) . Many cats are lactose intolerant and their reaction is like exzema - scabby and losing fur. It must be terribly itchy too.
I would definitely recommend a visit to the vet. Whether it's an allergy, or something else, the vet is the person to sort it out for you and for her.
All the best...
My cat has sores on her back and the top of her head. I do know it's from Fleas and we have treated her. Is it just going to take time for these bloody sores to go away? I don't want her to get an infection.
My cat has the same problem he has allergic flea dermatitis,just one flea will do it,I have to bathe him once a month and I use frontline plus.
Please listen to AnnFalkDVM, she is a vet and knows what she is talking about. Hope this helps, good luck to you.
My cat got sores and scabs around his eyes and on his head between eyes and ears. I used dry spirulina powder, l-lysine, vitamin A, and vitamin E to heal it. It has come back again twice since he first got it but the treament works. He likes the taste of the vitamin a (fish oil) capsules which I cut and squeeze onto his wet food. My other cat never gets it from him. He has it again, now this is the 3rd time in the past year.
It sounds like ringworm. We acquired a barn kitten over the summer that I took to the vet three times before the vet even knew what it was. He had it on his ears and nose and it turned black. Then he started losing patches of hair on his body. It did not spread to my two other cats but it spread to the family. My husband and I and both of my children got the ringworm too. My children were on two different medications from their pediatrician for two months before it was gone. I still occasionally get a spot because the cat sleeps on my head every night. He still has it after 8 months of treating it. None of the expensive medicines that the vet gave me worked. They even shaved and dipped him and that still didn't work. For the few spots that he still gets, we use clippers to shave the area and I put over-the-counter Lotrimin (for fungus, jock itch, etc.) on it. You have to be very diligent but I don't think this cat will ever be free of it completely. I almost gave up on him but I'm glad I didn’t because he is the greatest cat I have ever owned!!
You need to see your vet. It could be an auto immune problem, a nasty allergy or other things and something like that wouldn't effect your other cat or be contagious but may be concern for her and definitely sounds very uncomfortable even if it's not a serious problem. Your vet will have a better idea after they are able to take a look at her and talk to you about it.
Well she might have fleas so I would make sure you vaccuum every surface you can any blankets you can wash, wash and dry them. Also get some type of flea medication like advantage or frontline. If you don't think she has fleas then I would call the vet and describe what you see or feel on her back and they will be able to tell you what to do or if she needs to be seen and what they think it might be if they don't think it is anything to be worried about.
This sounds like a pretty common thing in cats. It is more than likely (as long as your cat does NOT have fleas) an allergic reaction. If you give your cat regular baths (1/month) with kitty shampoo, it should help.
My cat has the same thing ? Took her to the vets and he said it was flees, so I de flee-ed her and he gave her an injection, it went but its back again and she hasn't got flees what could this be?
My cat scratches and bites herself and has sores on her back and at the base of her tail,but she does not have fleas. What can I do for her.
Cats can get sores and scabs from flea bites. Some cats are even allergic to fleas. If it is caused by fleas it is not contagious, but of course the fleas can bite you, too. Advantage or a similar product works very well to control fleas.
Did you ever get your cat to the vet? My cat has the same thing and I was wondering what it could be. Thanks
My world traveling cat, in her 7 years had never had any heath issues and all of the sudden with the start of the year she had what looked like a cut above her eye and then on the following day bumps in the area between the eyes and ears appeared and now also down her nose. These bumps would open; sores would appear and then scab over. The cycle repeats itself every two das or so. We have lived in suburban areas in the past with the cats having the outdoors to play in. Now we all live in an apartment in the heart of Santiago. Only the one cat is affected. On day two of this dilemma, I took the two cats to the vet. Only the one cat has the issue. The vet had the lab check samples of the scabs and skin scrapings and it was determined the cat has fungus. I was given for the cat an anti-fungal, anti-everything cream to apply morning and night on the sores and then some other liquid to give orally for 30 days (unfortunately I don't have the name of the medicine with me as I write). The vet said humans can contract it but unlikely. It's week two of treatment and I see no changes in the issue.
My cat has the same thing. We have wormed her and given her front line. We are now wondering if she has an allergy to her food. The brand we use has recently smelt different. Did you take your cat to the vet?? What did they say? We will be taking her to the vet, she has had them for a few weeks now and they seem to be spreading
Yes it is very contagious it could be A skin disease.
If it isn't fleas, then I would think it might be ringworm or something like that, you should get kitty to the vet as soon as you can so that neither of you are miserable. Hope this helps, good luck to you and the kitty.
It could be ringworm, since cats are susceptible to the disease. When my female cat had hair loss under her chin, the vet took a scraping to see if it was ringworm. Thankfully it wasn't (it was something akin to kitty acne), because humans can get the ringworm from cats. I think you should probably check with your vet, just to be on the safe side. Good Luck.
I saw a scab on my cat's next the other day. Couldn't figure out what it was and then decided it must be ringworm. He did escape outside a couple weeks ago. I am putting antifungal cream on it. If it doesn't go away, I'll bring him to the vet and get medicine.
My guess is its ringworm. I'm not sure why the other guy said its not
If it is ringworm, then yes it can spread to your other cat, even to you! It could also be an allergy to fleas or a new food or litter if you recently changed it?
I am not sure but I heard that if cat or dog ate too much sweet things. Such things will happen. I am sorry if it is wrong