My cat had miliary dermatitis for a long time before I was finally able to get her to a vet and get it diagnosed and treated.
Recently we moved from the west coast to Missouri. She got fleas again this summer and she is loosing fur, I have been giving her flea baths with cat shampoo and today I first soaked her in Skin so soft before using shampoo, this is only her second time.
She is loosing fur, but the “sores” haven’t appeared and fur loss is around her neck which I know is common because of excess scratching, so I am not sure if this is miliary dermatitis again or a lesser reaction.
She also seems to be eating less, her bowl has had a shallow amount (just enough to cover the bottom and it’s a medium size bowl) for at least two weeks, I think; one for sure and I think she is losing weight. Her back thighs seem to have lost muscle and she did eat some tuna from a can today.
She also has low abscesses between her back legs. It causes her skin to hang low, much like a mother cat after giving birth, but she is a spayed virgin.
I know the vet gave her a shot that removed the abscess once, but it was a series. This would not be a problem, except the vet was on the coast and they will not send me her files, though I requested them many times and she does not have a dr here yet.
Is the appetite loss associated with one of these visible shown symptoms?
Hi Chelsea.. thanks for visiting and asking. It looks like your cat is suffering from a feline allergy or allergies.
Feline miliary dermatitis is an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction to fleas is perhaps the most common cause. It would seem that it has come back.
Do you flea comb? Just shampooing is not enough. I would flea comb and check and kill fleas that way. A physical removal of fleas is safer than a chemical treatment.
There are other causes of miliary dermatitis though. You can read about feline allergies on this page (opens new tab/window).
It is very likely that her loss of appetite is due to her discomfort. She is feeling unwell.
Initially I would explore all possible reasons for the allergic reaction, starting with fleas (complete removal on her and in the house required) and go from there. Even certain foods can cause allergic reactions. Check for other parasites too.
Always, a good veterinarian, is the best course of action. But I realize that not all are good.
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