Will an allergic reaction cause a cat to stop eating?

My 18 month old cat has a severe blisters inside his ears. We took him for shots, and the vet said he had a buildup of was in his left ear. He recommended some OTC ear wash to help dry up the wax. Three weeks later, he has huge red bumps/blisters on the insides of BOTH ears. He's losing lots of hair above his eyes and has two bald spots behind his ears from scratching. He's also not eating and lost weight - but drinking fine. The vet seemed to think it was an allergic reaction to the ear wash and his perscription was 3 mg of kid's liquid benaryl 3x /day. Plus he gave us some special food a/d (science-diet?) that the cat should eat right up. He's totally uninterested in it - but will munch on a few treats. The benadryl doesn't seem to be helping - and it doesn't help that the cat foams at the mouth trying to spit it up. We're going back on Saturday but not sure what to think. Bloodwork came back fine. Could it be mange? Or mites? What affects the appetite?

Asked by Member 1134164 on Oct 4th 2012 Tagged rash, appetite, hairloss in Skin Problems
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Izadore (Izzie)

Because we don't know your cat and couldn't diagnose or suggest treatment over a computer anyway, it's almost impossible to guess what could be going on with him. It sounds like allergies, but he's certainly had a severe reaction if it is. I know my animals would never eat that /d prescription food, whatever the reason it was prescribed. It smells like no substance known to mankind. ;-) It's a good thing you are taking him back to his doctor. You need answers and your kitty needs relief.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 10/4/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer