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Cat's skin red with a bump
nomisbehvn posted:
Within the last week I noticed a slight bump and a kind of scab at the origin of my cat's tail and there was a little mild redness. I know she's been messing with it because at one time it bled a little and it has spread about three inches up her back. I have been putting Neosporin on it. I'm not sure if she encountered something outside (she's not an outdoor cat but she snuck out), or whether she's got some type of rash. Besides using peroxide, which I haven't done yet, I've been just layering it well with Neosporin. What could this be, and what else can I do to help treat it? I haven't bandaged it yet but am thinking about it since she can't help but try to lick at it when I get the medicine on her.
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
There are many, many possibilities that can cause your cat's skin condition, from trauma to fungal infections, to allergies, etc. If it hasn't healed up by now, she needs to be examined by her veterinarian to determine the cause and most effective treatment. Most cats won't tolerate a bandage, so that's not usually a good idea.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice
nomisbehvn replied to Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP's response:
Thanks, Dr. Wagner. I switched over to Hydrocortisone and that seems to be doing a lot better. She isn't messing with anything and nothing is red. Her skin is just a little pink, which may be normal, but I cut the hair so I could keep an eye on it. She still has the little bump at the origin of her tail but she doesn't seem to be bothered by it.


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