cats scratching due to allergies
I have a 16 year old cat who has had IBD for years and hyper-T for about a year. After getting the hyper-T under control with meds, he has been doing great. His IBD is very good and I've been gradually getting him off prednisolone. However he's now developed a new skin allergy condition - eosinophic granuloma. This just seems to be on his neck. The vet recommended a short term increase in his pred to address this. So we did that for two weeks and he improved - now reduced pred again - and he's scratching more again. So the vet has advised reduce the pred as long as he's not scratching himself raw, it's not keeping him up at night scratching, etc. If the scratching gets too bad increase pred again and continue the delicate balance of keeping his dose as low as possible but still controlling symptoms.
I asked him if I could try rubbing something topical on his neck and he said worth trying hydrocortisone cream. Has anyone else had a cat with something like this? Were you able to do anything about it short of prednisolone?
He has been eating Natural Balance Duck and Pea and doing really well with his IBD on that (after years of difficulty) so I don't think I want to mess with his food.