Categories: Uncategorized

Feline Miliary Dermatitis

Feline Miliary Dermatitis

by Michael
(London, UK)

The skin disease feline miliary dermatitis is most commonly caused by flea bit allergy. It is a skin disease that is caused by an allergic reaction to allergens that also include mites, lice and other skin parasites, bacteria, fungus skin infections and “nutritional disturbances and drug reactions”1.

Small bumps and crusts erupt on the skin around the head and neck, and along the back.

Flea-bite dermatitis may result in raw patches of skin that become infected from intense scratching of horribly itchy skin.

Eosinophilic plaques may develop1. Eosinophilic plaques are well-defined, raised sores with concave surfaces2.

Many cats are resistant to and grudgingly accept flea bites but if the cat is allergic to the flea bite, “a single bite one or twice a week is sufficient to produce a response”1.

This may happen year round if there are fleas in the house but the peak season is the middle of summer.

If you suspect feline miliary dermatitis through observing the symptoms described above, please check for fleas as discussed on this page: Cat Flea Treatment – essentially comb your cat with a flea comb (32 teeth per inch). You will see fleas and flea feces and eggs if they are present.

The vet will confirm an allergic reaction through an “intradermal test”1. A small amount of the allergen solution is injected into the skin in this test3.

If the cat flea is the cause please read these pages:

Cat Flea Treatment and;

The Cat Flea; biology, ecology and control

If not a vet will have to assist in determining the allergen concerned.

A backstop position is to administer cortisone injections. This is not a cure but forces a reduction in itching. There may be side effects and they should be administered with consideration and care and not long term.

Topical antibiotic/steroid creams can help. An example is Panolog. “Desensitization is not very effective”1.

Note:

1. Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook.

2. www.animalhealthcare.com/handouts/cats/feladerm.htm

3. http://www.webmd.com/allergies/allergy-tests

From Feline Miliary Dermatitis to Cat Health Problems

Comments for
Feline Miliary Dermatitis

Click here to add your own comments

Jan 14, 2011 Gentle but effective shampoo
by: Michael


Defendex Pet Shampoo – Buy 2 Get 1 Free
– $ 54.00
With all-natural Defendex you can . . . Wash away flea, tick, and mange infestation. Wash away eggs from sheets, pillows, car upholstery, and other household objects. Ensure your pet is not ingesting chemicals or pesticides – Buy 2 Get 1 Free!



Michael Broad

Hi, I am 70-years-of-age at 2019. For 14 years before I retired at 57, I worked as a solicitor in general law specialising in family law. Before that I worked in a number of different jobs including professional photography. I have a longstanding girlfriend, Michelle. We like to walk in Richmond Park which is near my home because I love nature and the landscape (as well as cats and all animals).

Leave a Comment

Recent Posts

One cat and three dogs feed in perfect synchronization

This must be all about patient training and it sort of proves that cats can…

2 hours ago

Difference between Bambino and Sphynx

The difference between the Bambino and the Sphynx is that the former has short legs…

4 hours ago

Is it OK to feed feral cats during the coronavirus crisis?

Yes, of course it is. However it is a question worth asking if for no…

8 hours ago

How do I stop my cat from waking me up at 4 am?

Don't stop her. Let her do it and learn to enjoy it but read on...The…

12 hours ago

How do I stop my cat attacking me?

When in play this is a common problem because it is normal cat behaviour. Not…

14 hours ago

Cartoon Animals Complete List

This is a complete list of cartoon animals. They are listed alphabetically. This is a…

14 hours ago