Cat Hot Spots

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April 8, 2011
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If you notice your cat overgrooming a part of her back or belly and notice hair loss and redness, a lot more scratching, and lesions that may ooze, your cat might have hot spots.  These are aggravated sores that come from something that is irritating your cat’s skin such as flea eggs laid on area of the skin or some sort of an allergic reaction to something your cat has been exposed to.

Possible causes of hot spots:

1: parasites such as mites, fleas, or other bug bites

2: allergic reaction to something that is eaten or inhaled

3: poor grooming

4: stress

5: internal infections such as a gland near the tail or infection in the ear

Symptoms of hot spots can be:

1: hair loss in small areas around the neck, head, and lower back by the tail

2: compulsive scratching, licking, chewing, and increased irritation of the area

3: redness of the skin and appearance of sores

4: oozing

When you see these spots appear, act quickly and be gentle. They can become infected quickly and your kitty might be in misery and she tries to cope.

Treatment of cat hot spots:

1: give her a trim and clip the fur around the area to help it dry out and prevent hair, dirt, and other things from aggravating the area

2: if parasites are the culprit, visit your vet and get flea and tick preventative and do what you can to eliminate your cat’s exposure to bugs

3: clean the spot with hydrogen peroxide and a gauze. After the spot has dried, you can spray the area with cortisone spray. Try doing this twice a day until a scab begins to
appear.

4: if the area is swollen, use a cool compress to reduce swelling

5: be prepared for your cat to get mad if you touch the sensitive spot. She may try to bite you, hiss, and get away. If your cat keeps trying to lick the area you might have to use an E-collar for a few days.

6: make sure your cat has enough water to drink because dehydration can cause stress-related hot spots

7: talk to your vet about vitamin E and zinc supplements

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