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Hi all,
I recently adopted an FIV + cat that was abandoned by his previous owners and left on the street for 6 months. He is the sweetest cat in the world. No issues in temperament at all.

The only issue is he is ALWAYS itchy! We have brought him to the vet numerous times, we've tried a bunch; hypoallergenic food, baths, anti fungal/bacterial sprays, antihistamines daily, and yet he is still struggling ALOT.

He is ALWAYS licking/biting his legs to the point where there is much less fur there and bleeding. He is still full of scabs from all the scratches and I have no idea what to do at this point. The vet said we can try seeing a specialist but unfortunately we do not have the financial means to do this (it would cost about a thousand dollars at assessment for all these tests).

ANY insight would be sooooo very much appreciated!
 

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Have you had the cat tested for specific allergens? that is the only way you will know if it really is an allergy or not, and if it is what is causing this, and if you know that you can remove the cause (hopefully it is something you can remove).

The other thought I have is that this could be psychological instead of an allergy. You could try a calming diffuser, and/or medication for the cat to see if that makes a difference. It's possible that he has been seriously traumatized in the time he was left on the streets, and this is a coping mechanism or a trauma response that he can't let go of yet. If you can calm him down a bit it might give him the chance to relax and the problem might go away.

Just thoughts.....I sure hope something helps.
 

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My cat has been itching his head/ears for the past several months and my vet did start him on a RX food (I chose Hills z/d as there is a wet and dry), but I had asked for an allergy test as I had tried food trials where he'd stop eating the food after a couple of weeks. The allergy testing for environmental/food for me cost $410. Turns out he has NO environmental and did test positive for peas, turkey and pork. Typically they say food allergy testing is not super accurate but for me it was worth the cost and the peace of mind, as I had guessed a pea allergy but never would have thought of turkey. Maybe something to think about, I saw a general vet I know the derm vet can def cost more as they do a skin prick and not just the blood testing I believe. Or maybe it would cost less just to do the environmental testing as you said you've tried a hypoallergenic diet with no results?

Did you also try getting a cone for him in the meantime? A soft one maybe if he gets too depressed with the regular one. Maybe you can also press a cool washcloth over his legs or one dipped in cold chamomile tea? (this forum recommended German teabags)
 

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My Cleo has overgroomed in the past and this has created bald spots in different locations. I bought Derma-Soothe from Amazon and it worked great. It relieves itching, plus it smells wonderful! I would spray it on my hands, not her, and rub it on her. I would also do it on my bed because any "spillage" would make my room smell great. I'm sorry you're both going through this, and having no answers as to the reason must be so frustrating.
 
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