Hot Spot (?) That just WON'T go away!

Discussion in 'Feline Health - (Welcome & Main Forum)' started by Elizabeth & Aiden, Dec 29, 2020.

  1. Elizabeth & Aiden

    Elizabeth & Aiden New Member

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    Is there anyone who has dealt with hot spots on their cats? Aiden has one that is painful for me to even look at. Our journey with this issue began in August, when it appeared he had a small laceration on his leg. I took him to the vet, who shaved the area to get a good look. She gave me some ointment to put on it and sent us on the way. The laceration started perhaps a half inch across- it looked as if he'd fallen against something sharp and cut his leg. However...it only grew bigger, and bigger, and bigger. Now, the area is a full 5-6 inches long and 2-3 inches across of raw, red skin. He constantly licks and licks and chews and chews. It is absolutely breaking my heart, as I know it must hurt him/be itchy.

    We have tried a cone. He fights, first off, when trying to get it on. When we do manage to get it on, he slings it off. We tried to put a baby onesie on him. We've never managed to get it on because he fights so hard. We have tried a topical ointment, mousse, and liquid. We have tried giving him gabapentin. He refuses to eat the food it is mixed in and drools the mixture of medicine/water out of his mouth. I am at an absolute loss.

    If it would help to see pictures, please let me know and I will provide them. They are rather awful :( I've just spent over 200 dollars to order compounded gabapentin and antibiotics. I'm praying he'll actually eat them. My vet recommended sending him to a specialist, as she thinks he may be chewing due to a nerve issue related to his diabetes.

    Have any of you experienced this with your cats before? What helped? Thank you so much.
     
  2. Ti-Mousse

    Ti-Mousse Well-Known Member

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    Poor little Aiden! I'm sorry Elizabeth I don't know anything about hot spots but doing a search on the Forum gave me 4 pages of posts talking about it.
    Just type "hot spots" in the Search box at the top of this page and hopefully you will get answers or find more help going through all the posts listed in your search results.
     
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  3. Elizabeth & Aiden

    Elizabeth & Aiden New Member

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    Ah, thank you so much! I didn't even consider looking for a search feature. I'll look into it :)
     
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  4. Larry and Kitties

    Larry and Kitties Well-Known Member

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    A photo wouod be very helpful.
     
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  5. Elizabeth & Aiden

    Elizabeth & Aiden New Member

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    Here is a photo...makes me cry just looking at it :(
     

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  6. THH & Snowcrash (GA)

    THH & Snowcrash (GA) Member

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    I think getting that biopsied may be a good idea :( I've never seen anything like it, not with my own cats or when I was with the rescue...
     
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  7. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    I don't know whether this might be any help to you but perhaps ask your vet whether a little Sudocrem might be OK to use to soothe the area while you're trying to find out what's causing the problem.

    Your poor kitty. :( Poor you! :bighug: Wish I had something more constructive to offer than a virtual hug. :(


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  8. Larry and Kitties

    Larry and Kitties Well-Known Member

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  9. THH & Snowcrash (GA)

    THH & Snowcrash (GA) Member

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  10. Deborah & Muffy(GA) & Wendall

    Deborah & Muffy(GA) & Wendall Member

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    I was also wondering if it might be eosinophilic granuloma complex. One of my foster cats had it.

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