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My seven year old male cat is licking the fur off his belly, making the nipples look red and irritated.  What should I do?  Should I use cortisone?

This is a common way of cats showing allergic skin itching.  Cortisone will help, but it cannot be in a creme form, rather it needs to be systemic in an oral (cyclosporine, prednisolone) or injectable form (DepoMedrol).  Check with your vet to see what they recommend.

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Dr. Louis N. Gotthelf


Dermatology and ear diseases of dogs and cats


I am the author of "Small Animal Ear Diseases; An Illustrated Guide" published by W.B. Saunders. I have over 25 years of clinical experience with a special interest in dermatologic conditions and ear diseases.

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