Cat in the window

UPDATE Harvey was taken for a visit to our local vet, who is of the opinion that the problem is ‘nerves’. We have a tablet called ‘Suppress’ and will begin to try the washes and dressings suggested by pals. Harvey no longer spends all of his time hiding under the bed, he is venturing out into the house much more.

……………. posts do not shy away from tough issues, we respect our readers enough to confront issues like pet grief; and fight tough for those in need.  This week the spotlight falls on our foster cat Harvey from Upper Hutt Animal Rescue.

Harvey’s Cat Skin Issue (Background)

Harvey has come to our fur family after being abandoned twice, he comes with nervous issues, and a tough medical problem, but he is a sweet natured and affectionate boy. 

The picture below is deliberately blurry as the ‘rash’ is quite distressing for those of a sensitive nature.  I have included two images at the bottom of the post … below the dots …. for those who may be able to offer opinions – otherwise be warned they are NOT pretty so do not look.

Harvey Scar Close up

Harvey is a nice sized cat and he is filling out after months of malnourishment. His poorly eye is improving and he is now moving around the house with increased confidence, although he will not go outside even if the doors are open. We think he may be afraid that he will not be allowed back in.

Harvey is like a small rock in a Japanese garden, the other cats flow around him like carefully raked gravel without disturbing his spirit.” No one bothers Harvey – he will get there paw step by paw step.

Cat Skin Issue Medication

The Rescue vet is not sure what his ‘rash’ is. Possibly allergy based, possibly something else. Medication currently is NoroClav (Amoxycillin – as trihydrate; and Clavulanic Acid – as potassium clavulanate) with Chlorohexadine (topical antiseptic) as a topical application. Mum hasn’t tried the antiseptic yet…..

If you have experience of topical rashes on cats, I welcome comments that might be informative.  Harvey is our pal and the family will continue to care for Harvey as long as he needs it.

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    Cathy Keisha

    August 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    What I’m thinking is medicine allergy or food allergy. He should prolly wear a cone so he doesn’t touch it. Maybe you should try pure coconut oil or L-Lycine both of which I heard worked. @Rumblepurr from your neck of the woods just blogged about some stuff from Epic which worked on a minor skin problem he had. Best of luck to Harvey. Healing purrz.
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    The Island Cats

    August 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Aw, poor Harvey. We hope the vet can figure out what’s causing his rash.
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    Sometimes, Cats Herd You

    August 3, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Poor Harvey,that looks terribly uncomfortable. We haven’t ever seen a rash like that, so we can’t be of much help. He’s a lucky boy to have such a patient foster family to help him find his confidence.
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    Sass and Lou

    August 3, 2013 at 10:27 am

    This looks eerily familiar.

    If it smells rather mouse-y, or stale/sweet, it’s probably allergic dermatitis. If it smells like salad dressing base, it’s probably a bacterial infection & needs to be cultured. If it smells like bread, or beer, it’s probably a yeast infection.

    Hope this helps,



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    August 3, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Poor Harvey – I hope the medication helps. I am glad he is in good paws with your family!
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    Savannah's Paw Tracks

    August 3, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Mom’s cats before me were brought home, 1994, at about 3 mos old maybe younger. Both developed pretty bad skin rashes; Tasha, the Tortie, had scabs all over her back. Vet put them on baby food, lamb only, to find out if it was food allergy. It was not. When Mom and Dad moved to a new house next year….no allergies…skin cleared up. They know now that it was the CARPET! Probably nylon? not sure. But the new house had wood, tile floors, and the carpet they put in was not nylon, again can’t recall what it was…but the cats NEVER had that skin allergy again. Thank you for taking such pawsome care of Harvey. I will see if I can ask my vet peeps if they can offer any advice based on the photos. purrrrrs, Savannah
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    Glogirly & Katie

    August 3, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Oh sweet boy… you’ve had a hard life. We are so happy you are in loving hands. Everything will be okay.

    We are not experts in anything medical…we’re thinking you should post a question about this on the Cat Lady Coalition Facebook Group. …are you a member of that group too? …or just the CWB group? If you’re not in both, let us know and we’ll invite you.

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    Shiva and Jaya

    August 2, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Bootiful Harvey,

    We your PMs. It good you getting treatment.

    We was thinking of this

    You go ask vet ok?

    We also has honey ointment. It on bloggie today.



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