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Neosporin for a cat? [Mar. 21st, 2008|12:52 pm]
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Abby is an obsessive scratcher/groomer. We've been to the vet over this, and the vet has decided that it's a bad obssession/habit, and is not the result of allergies or fleas (she's been checked for both).

She's scratched a sore under her chin, which I discovered yesterday. It's not actively bleeding or an open wound (when she let me touch her chin, I could tell that it's not wet or open; it's all matted and dried). Can I put Neosporin on it, or is there something else that would work better?

Any ideas as to how to calm her or help her be less obssessive? Would Feliway help? This is the second time she's done this in eight months. We do regular nail trimmings, so I don't think it's a situation where her claws are too sharp for her own good.

Edit: I just talked to a tech at our vet clinic, and she said Neosporin is fine to use.
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[User Picture]From: sithlet
2008-03-21 05:06 pm (UTC)

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In general, human medicinal products are not necessarily good for cats. If it's just a scab, it'll likely heal fine on its own. If you're worried about it getting infected, you might want to check with your vet. Are you worried she's going to keep scratching the same sore?
[User Picture]From: journalismgirl
2008-03-21 05:11 pm (UTC)

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I'm more concerned about a possible infection than I am about her continuing to scratch and the same sore. I know human products typically aren't advised for cats, but I wasn't sure about a minute amount of Neosporin.
[User Picture]From: sithlet
2008-03-21 05:13 pm (UTC)

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I would say if it's not exuding anything and not an open wound, it'll probably heal alright by itself. My cats get scabs from wrestling with each other pretty frequently. That stuff heals. Probably good to just keep an eye on it.
[User Picture]From: journalismgirl
2008-03-21 05:16 pm (UTC)

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*nods*

I think I'm just a paranoid cat parent.

A tech at our vet clinic said Neosporin would be OK to use (I called, and was pleasantly surprised that they were open). I'll see how she looks tonight, and will go out tomorrow and buy some if I'm still concerned.
[User Picture]From: skully696a
2008-03-21 09:11 pm (UTC)

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Good luck with your kittle. Maggie is an over groomer too but luckily she doesn't get to the point where she gets booboos. shes just patchy looking in some spots lol.

if you put the neosporin on her, keep an eye out since it might cause her to want to "wash" that area and her messing with it more may open it again or something.
[User Picture]From: ladygoddess
2008-03-22 06:49 pm (UTC)

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My youngest was like that for several years. She was tearing her fur out and then digging herself to a bloody mess (my Orlando Bloom poster is still speckled in blood from where she sat next to it and dug then shook herself. So gross). I tried everything I could think of to stop the behavior from sweaters to protect her skin for a week at a time to let her skin heal to medicines to try and stop infections from spreading.

Then she got mold spores in her lungs and nearly died. While it was incredibly expensive and she nearly died, it seemed to be the trick that rebooted her system. Afterwards her fur grew back and now she's in the process of shedding the three inch long coat she had for the winter. About every 3 weeks I have to get her some Advantage whenever she starts getting scabby near her tail, but otherwise she's wonderful.

I hope your kitty never goes to such extremes. But I fully understand how helpless you feel. Good luck and best wishes.