September 15, 2008 9:43 PM Subscribe
My cat has a bald spot. She can't get into the vet until Saturday. Should we find another vet?
posted by roll truck roll to Pets & Animals (23 answers total)
Yesterday, my wife was playing with our cat and noticed that she had a quarter-sized bald spot on her elbow. The spot is dark pink. Touching it doesn't seem to cause any pain.
After some Googling, it appears that it's likely overgrooming or some sort of allergic reaction (or maybe a parasite? The symptoms don't quite seem right).
The reason why I'm panicking a little is that the spot appeared so quickly. My wife is kind of obsessive about looking the cat over for anything out-of-the-ordinary, so I know that it can't be more than a few days old.
We called the SPCA, and our story didn't seem to cause much motion on the receptionist's urgency-meter. We made an appointment for Saturday 9/21. Given how quickly the spot appeared, is that too long to wait? Should we find a private vet who can see her sooner?
Some other facts that may or may not matter: Five and a half years old. Indoor cat, but she loves to sit in a window that we keep open all the time (it has bars over it). Up to date on all of her shots. Last vet appointment was about six months ago. She eats dry Purina One Weight Control from a plastic dish and drinks water from a ceramic water bowl. We live in San Francisco, where we just got out of the hottest couple of weeks we've had in years.