Cat has big, grayish scab...and is losing fur.
What is this weird scab?
After getting my cat groomed, he came back with a samallish scab on his back. It's possible that it was already there (cuz he had long hair). Anyway, the scab kept growing. Last Friday, I examined it further. It was kinda grayish and flakey. When I pulled up on it, his fur came out in a chunk - along with the scab (around the edges). This, of course, made the affected area bigger. It almost appeared as if there was a huge chunk of dandruff beneath the scab...weird. In the middle of the sore/scab, it's kinda grayish-black.
I took him to the vet. They put the black light on him to see if there was anything flourescent - apparently indicating fungus. There was nothing. The Veterinarian called over three different doctors to look at him. None of them knew what it was. One doctor said that he'd never seen such a thing in a cat, but had seen similar scabs on dogs. At the end of the day, he concluded that it MIGHT be a bacterial infection. He prescribed anitbiotics.
See picture! Any ideas, advice, or help would be greatly appreciated.
There is now another area slightly below it that seems to be forming.
Answer by Kate
well it does look odd and yes it does look bacterial rather than anything else which may cause a scab.
to be honest if you have had three vets take a look and they are not sure then I think the best course of action will be to explore further. By which i mean the vets will go through several possibilities and try and treat for those and if they have no success may want to send away some samples for analysis.
I have a page about some different types of skin conditions which you may find of further help herehttps://www.our-happy-cat.com/cat-hair-loss.html
Hopefully the treatment they are giving you will work but if not then you will unfortunately have to keep returning to the vets until the actual cause is found.
perhaps someone else here will have had a similar experience and will comment.
it is rather strange though. I would be very interested to know what it is when the cause is discovered.
best wishes Kate discovered
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