I am new to the forum and hope I can find informative responses to my problem. I have two cats (litter mates) with skin problems. One, however, constantly overgrooms, licking and chewing, and licking his hair off his pretty body (no sores -- yet). Both of them have heart problems and are on atenolol, so putting him on another medication to treat the skin allergy is problematic.
I also figure this problem has been discussed often in this forum. If someone can guide me to those posts, I'd appreciate it.
My vet has suggested putting him on methyl-prenisilone to try and cut the cycle of overgrooming. My concern is that this steroid makes him gain weight (we had him on prednisone before). We've also discussed an antihistimine, but again, it compromises the heart.
I've thought about itch-stop wipes, but don't know if they work or not (anyone tried it?). They are on the most "basic" of dry foods, California Natural. I'm starting to add Pairie Lamb and Oatmeal to their diet to see if, by any chance, a change in food will help.
My boys are farm cats: indoors (at night) and outside, otherwise. My vet thinks it is flea allergy, but admits it could be anything environmental. NONE of the flea meds seem to work anymore.
It is very frustrating and I'm here to see if there are other suggestions. I prefer natural remedy, if possible, and have even thought about Vit E.
Any posts or additional suggestions would be greatly appreciated.