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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-26-2018, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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neck scab treatment?

My few year old little boy has some neck scabs, which I understand are common, and not a threat. They come and go quickly, and there is no scratching involved. Absolutely no fleas. I understand that the reason for them is not understood, so my vet says, but that allergies may be involved.

My question is a simple one to folks who have experienced them. I forgot to ask my vet, by maybe someone here knows.

How do you TREAT them? No, I don't mean "prevent" them. My vet says that no one really knows about that. My question is whether there is something you can do to them to promote healing once a cat has them. As in, a salve or something? Maybe something to at least soften them? My understanding is that aloe vera is a poison to cats, so that's not an option.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-27-2018, 01:56 AM
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Hi Doug24,

Do you mean little scabs like from your kitty scratching himself? Does he tend to keep scratching/licking them? When my girl gets them, I generally just leave them alone til they're ready to fall off by themselves, then comb them out. She doesn't keep scratching so there's no concern about the scabs getting infected.

Or are you talking about little cysts, with pus/goop in them? My girl gets those too. Again, I just leave them alone, but I can because she doesn't scratch or lick at them.

I know some members have used ointments, but I'm not sure which ones are safe. I hope someone will be by with some recommendations for you.
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I'm off the same mind....leave it alone if it's a dry scab and it will fall off. If it's oozing pus I would clean it with a makeup remover pad with warm water, pat it dry and put a bit of Polysporin on it.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-28-2018, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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So scratching or licking. No pus/goop. Neck scabs are a common occurrence, I understand, but I was just wondering if there was some ointment that could speed up their disappearance.
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Not that I know of. Vitamin D cream is used to promote the healing of skin, but I don't know if it would have any effect on scabs or if it's safe to use on kitties.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-03-2018, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Interestingly, I have learned that ointments for cats are not necessarily a good idea. To the extent that the ointment tastes bad to the cat, the cat will be more reluctant to wash. That washing is important, and cat saliva actually contains things that promote healing and fight wound infection. I need to consult our vet.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-15-2018, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Now, for the last week or two I have been applying vaseline to the scabs. Seems to be a big help. I'm less concerned about cat saliva being applied to wound, because these aren't wounds. They aren't bleeding.
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