A topical treatment to help relieve my cat's seasonal allergies (and the associated chewing/licking of fur on stomach and legs)?
May 19, 2010 6:31 PM Subscribe
Is there anything that can be applied topically to relieve my cat's seasonal allergies? He chews/licks the fur off his stomach and legs, and it's too hard to administer oral medications on him.
posted by wannaknow to pets & animals (16 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
8 year old male cat, has had seasonal allergies for past 2 years. Indoor cat, healthy, no fleas/ticks/mites.
Last year he started licking and chewing his fur until his stomach and legs were bald. The skin was irritated, but he never actually broke the skin. After about 4-6 months, he stopped completely and everything grew back normally. Now it's that time of year and he's at it again. Last time I tried giving him benadryl (at vet's suggestion--cortisone shots are too expensive for me right now) but it was nearly impossible to get into his system. I did it consistently for a week or 2 but didn't see improvement so I stopped (seriously--it was a daily battle between me and the cat, and I usually came out the worse for wear).
I know this will go away in a few months, but in the meantime my poor cat seems miserable. Is there any topical treatment that anyone has found to work? I don't want something that tastes bad to keep him from chewing--I want something that will relieve the itchy feeling so he won't want to chew. I've never been able to bathe him, but maybe there is something that I can put on a cloth and then wipe down his stomach and legs?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated by me and my poor little guy. Thanks!