Friday, December 17, 2010

Finally Friday

I had my vet trip yesterday and my doctor tested my scabs and has ruled out an infection or skin disease. He has confirmed that it is most likely an allergy.



I have started scratching again and I'm very uncomfortable, so they decided that since the Prednisone helped so much last time, they would give me another round of medication so that I can have some relief, and then Mommy will do some experimenting with different foods to check to see if my symptoms come back. If the food trials are unsuccessful, I will have to go back to the vet and get skin tests for inhalants. Mommy is also going to add some Evening Primrose oil to my diet to help my skin (Thanks for the suggestion, Milo and Alfie's Mum!). If any of you have any suggestions for food, Mommy would love to hear them. She wants to keep me on a grain-free diet with some raw food, if possible, but she will try anything if it will keep me comfortable and symptom free.

In the meantime, I'm just happy I will have relief as soon as my medication kicks in. A good long snooze is in order!




Samson
xoxo

25 comments:

BeadedTail said...

Samson, we're so sorry that you are uncomfortable but we're glad your mommy now knows what is going on so she can help you get better. We know she will do anything for you! We wish we could come cuddle with you to help you feel better!

d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Maybe you're allergic to BOOTIFUL torties, and we should do a house swap for a week... heh heh heh...

The Chair Speaks said...

Oh dear, allergies are really horrible and stressful. We found out that our Tommy is allergic to mosquito bites and is now a little bit better using a topical cream of low steroid percentage. Tommy is also getting baths using special shampoo of mild antiseptic and conditioner.
Hope Samson feels better soon.

Kea said...

Samson, we're glad you have such a wonderful mom who is taking good care of you. We hope she figures out the allergy. Could it be to a protein? Can she try a different protein for you, maybe just a single-source protein food to see how that goes? If it's a food allergy, that can be so hard to sort out.

Paws crossed she finds what works for you, Samson!

Marg said...

Hi there Samson, that is good that you at least found out what is wrong. Our Mom seems to think that is it was a food allergy, he would have some loose poo. See if Mom can think of any different cleaner she has used lately. Or different litter in your poo box. Or just anything different in your life. We think the pred will work just great so maybe you will stop itching soon. That is the cutest picture of you snoozing. Feel better you handsome thing.

The Island Cats said...

Samson, we hope that med helps you stop itching. We all eat grain free....Wellness, Wellness Core, Blue Buffalo, Instinct (all canned) and the dry food we get is either Hills d/d or Royal Canin limited ingredient diet...both venison & peas. Ernie eats canned Natural Balance venison & peas which is their allergy food. We've never tried raw. Did your vet suggest a single-protein diet...like venison, duck or rabbit? That's what our vet recommended for Ernie.

(pee ess. we love Rumbles' comment!)

Sweet Praline said...

Samson, you poor baby! I hope you can find out what you are so allergic to.

Hannah and Lucy said...

Oh dear Samson we are sorry your allergy is making you furry itchy. Do you have spot on flea protection cos we wondered if that could make you itchy? Would you like us to come over and gently massage your itches away - just let us know.

Sammy and Andy said...

Samson, we purr that you will soon be feeling A-OK again......

Rumbles may be right and if it does turn out you're allergic to the torties, we will swap out a week or two with you also!!!!!!!

xxxxxxxxxxxx

Old Kitty said...

Awww sweeet Samson!! You have an allergy!! Oh dear! Me and Charlie are sending you tons of healing hugs and purrs. We hope your new diet and meds will help you. We can only think of boiled chicken as an alternative!! Good luck with the primrose oil addition - that might work!

We are also saying hello to adorable Delilah, bella Bella, and Sweet Pea! Take care
x

Caren Gittleman said...

I hope your itchies clear up soon!
My Cody had the same thing and the vet put him on canned Rabbit by Royal Canin and dry rabbit and pea flavor cat food.
He has been on that for a few months now and the itchies have GONE AWAY!
xoxo

Cory said...

Samson, our Jonesie, Madison and Ginger all get the itchies too and we think for different reasons. I think we are going to try the Evening Primrose oil too.

If you are allergic to Torties, maybe you could try hanging out with big dramatic tabbygirls. I'll send Ginger.

xoxo Cory

wildcatwoodscats said...

Lots of other cats have had itchy skin too - we are very allergic to a flea bite and that sets us off - even one flea. Hope you feel better.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We're glad yoo are gonna try Evening Primrose Oil 'cos it's worked wonders for me. Mom stil breaks a 500mg capsule into my food each day ~ and my skin no longer irritates me. It's Bliss not feling uncomfortable ~ so I hope it werks for yoo.

Love Milo xx

Ginger Jasper said...

I am sorry you are feeling so uncomfortable. I hope the medication helps you to feel better and get some rest. Lets hope they clear it up or find what it is so they can hel.. Hugs GJ x

Angel and Kirby said...

We are sorry you are itching, again. We hope Mom finds teh right food to help!

Cat said...

Samson I am so sorry to hear you are feeling uncomfortable, hopefully the prednisone will help!

Jimmy eats Hills D/D which is just venison and peas; he eats the wet food because he didn't like the dry option. Even though we found out that his skin issue is that bad infection, we are still keeping him on this food because he could have an underlying allergy too!

Lynx217 said...

I've seen a lot of vets using OTC hoomin Zyrtec (in very low dose, like 1/4 tablet) in cats to great effect. I think it 2mg a day (which would actually be 1/5 of a tablet - good luck with that MOL) and is supposedly even better than Preds, which, as it's a steroid, has it's own serious side effects risks. Just a thought!

Brian said...

Oh Samson, I'm sorry you've got the itchy allergies. My Sister Zoe had bad itchy times too. We slowly switched out to Blue Buffalo and she (and the rest of us) is doing better and her furs have almost all grown back. It does take some experimenting, but switch slowly to avoid tummy troubles.

ABBY said...

Samson
We are glad you are feeling better and we hope that a easy solution is found so you don't have to be on medicines.

purrin
xoxoxo

Eric and Flynn said...

We are sorry you have got itchy allergies Samson. We hope the vet can find out what is causing them.

Katnip Lounge said...

Itchies are awful! Samson, everybody has such good suggestions...we thought maybe benadryl for interim relief?
Grayce has a grain allergy and wet food has cleared it up completely. We hope you find a food that works and that you LIKE!

Catherine said...

Poor kitty! What a worry. I hope you are feeling comfortable soon ~ having itchy skin is not fun.

Big hugs and kisses for you!
xo Catherine & Banjo

meowmeowmans said...

Poor Samson! :(

We are so sorry to hear your itchies are not going away, handsome boy. We hope, purr, and pray your mom And the vets can figure out what you're allergic to really soon.

Fin said...

::Smoothers little healing kisses on your nose::

Mom