The cone of shame has landed on cat bro Bert. We don’t know what is wrong with him, but he is losing fur all over. Mom says every time she looks at him, he has another bald spot. A vet visit was in order on Tuesday to try to get him some help and relief.
It all started on his tummy, but then the fur loss started to rapidly and randomly spread. Mom tried to get him a vet appointment Monday, but Tuesday was the first available. He was placed in the puppy carrier for the ride to the doc. Bert loves to go to the vet, but he hates being in the carrier as you can see by the look on his face.
Once he was in the exam room Mom opened the top so he could come out and explore. The tech went over some basic info before the vet came in. They both asked how old Bert is because it said fifteen plus years old in his records but he seems more like five. The guy really does not age at all. He is for sure fifteen, and maybe sixteen.
Mom snapped a few photos of these bald spots he has. There are several more, but the belly is the absolute worst. Allergies is the obvious first thought, but nothing in his life has changed. Stress can also cause this, but he has no new stress either.
They decided to do some blood tests and also took a sample of the skin on his belly. The silly cat was happy to go along to have blood drawn. How can a cat love a vet clinic so much?
The results were not bad. For his age, his kidneys are great, he doesn’t show any signs of anything specific. The tissue sample has some bacteria in it which could cause a type of infection. Since we don’t have an exact cause, it could still be an allergy or auto-immune problem, or cancer. To start treatment, he received an injection of antibiotics which will last for two weeks, he will be taking prednisone in decreasing doses for four weeks, and for several days, the cone of shame will be worn. We don’t want him licking or scratching himself until his skin settles down.
Bert is not happy about the cone. No, not happy at all, but he is still trying to do his usual activities. We pups have been sniffing him a lot to try to figure out why he is wearing that weird thing. He is still hanging out more with us for company I guess. It looks like it will be a while until we know if this treatment plan will work or not. Hopefully his fur will stop falling out and grow back so things can get back to normal with him. If anyone has had their cat suddenly start losing fur for no reason, let us know what caused it as we are at a loss.
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