|Purred: Sat May 22, '10 10:26pm PST |
|Hi Mister Grey,
Lucy and my kitten Leo both have auto immune disorders. Leo's problems are more neurological but Lucy has had similar problems to the ones you've described. She no longer gets any vaccinations due to the life-threatening reaction she had as a kitten. She has severe food and environmental allergies and they definitely cause reactions like you've described. After years of trying to find the right foods for her, I had her blood allergy tested. That was very helpful. It turns out that she is allergic to all dry foods, even the "allergy" foods like Natural Balance. The blood test is expensive and some vets do not recommend it (some vets thinks it causes false positives and is not reliable) but it was very helpful for Lucy.
Unfortunately, Lucy has severe environmental allergies (trees, grass, pollen, scented candles, etc) and those seem to cause the worst skin problems. Because of the severity of Lucy's skin problems, she is now on an immune-suppressant medication called Atopica (aka Cyclosporine). It's an alternative to steroids with less side-effects. It is currently only approved for dogs but I know a number of kitties who take it off-label with a prescription from their vet. The medication suppresses Lucy's immune system from reacting to allergens. She's been on it for a year and a half and it has been a 90% improvement in her skin problems.
These are a couple of options to talk to your vet about. Hang in there- I know how frustrating it can be to try to sort out allergies and autoimmune problems. If you would like any more specific information on the tests and medication Lucy is on, I'm happy to pmail it to you.
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