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  1. Hi Michael, is there a link you could provide for me to view the list of human drugs that can be used successfully for cats when they are sick? I’d be very grateful.
    I remember viewing this amazing list on here a good few years back.
    My cat has been in and out of the
    Vets for something undiagnosed so I am looking for a different approach as I am concerned she has had 3 separate occasions of a steroid injection and also antibiotic injection.
    She is licking both hind inner thighs constantly. Something has irritated her skin and I suspect it is nettles that seem to cover my vast garden.
    I like her to go out for a few hours 2 to 3 times daily as she enjoys this freedom.
    I am exasperated that each time I take her for this problem I get a different vet and they don’t have continuity so I have paid around £200 each time and the problem isn’t going. So I wondered if I could give her piriton safely to stop her from itching and then licking herself raw. Plus I wondered if we could use germolene sparingly on cats?
    If I could see the medications list again I may be able to sort her out without continuing with my vet’s disastrous attempts.
    Thank you for all you do on the website

    • Hi Suzi,

      Thanks for commenting. I am sorry to hear of your problem.

      I could not find that page you mentioned because there are around 20,000 pages on this website. However, if you click on this link, you can see some pages about human drugs being used on cats which may help you.

      However, I would like you to try a fresh approach. You want a fresh approach because your veterinarians are, it seems, struggling to diagnose the underlying cause of your cat licking both hind inner thighs constantly.

      They appear to have assumed that this is because the skin is itchy. They have prescribed antibiotics just in case there is a bacterial infection and they have also prescribed steroids in parallel as a last resort to try and resolve this itchiness.

      It might not be caused by itchiness. Dr. Bruce Fogle DVM, the famous veterinarian and author, says that 90% of the cats that he treats for hair loss are engaging in over-grooming because they are stressed.

      Now, that’s not a criticism of you whatsoever. I applaud you trying to fix this problem. But what you might look at, and I’m not saying that this is correct because I’m not a veterinarian, is some sort of reason why your female cat might be stressed. It might be any number of things.

      Be expansive in your thoughts. Be diagnostic and look at even the tiniest possibilities because different things stress different cats.

      I do have a page on an Infographic covering anxiety-reducing products for domestic cats (click this to see it). Stress is anxiety in the cat world. It may help.

      Please report back and tell me what happened. I don’t think that it is useful to prescribed both antibiotics and steroids in parallel. Steroids, themselves, can cause nasty side-effects and indeed may make matters worse.

      The veterinarians are scratching their heads but they may be looking at the wrong cause. I don’t know. All I can do is speculate and suggest.

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