I have had my cat, Bear, to JV Veterinary Center and saw Dr. Morgan for…

I have had my cat, Bear, to JV Veterinary Center and saw Dr. Morgan for a skin condition. It has been a recurring itching where he scratches or licks until he wears off his hair. In the past we gave him a regimen of prednizone as well as oil capsules.

He is currently on prednizone, but I have had a great deal of difficulty giving it to him on the prescribed schedule, as he’s outdoors so much this time of year. He also learns quickly the routine, and sees me coming and runs from me at medicine time. As a result, it has been once a day rather than twice, which has not really helped the itching, and I’m unsure of how to taper the dose at this point.

Dr. Morgan had also offered an injection, which she explained can carry a bit more risk to the cat, so I opted for the oral tablets.

My question is this: Is it possible to still opt for the injection since he has been on the prednizone tablets for a couple of weeks? I’m concerned with his continued itching, and also I will be going away for 4 days at the end of next week. Missing the doses that we did, I would still have to give him the pills during the time I’m to be away.

Please advise. Thank you!

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Krista Magnifico
7 years ago

Hello Sandy, Thanks for your question. One of the things that I love and admire so much about cats is their fierce independent nature. Mind, you I love them for this when they are my cats, but it isn’t the best character qualities for a patient. If your cat is still have an itchy episode then yes you can give the steroid injection. The benefit of the injection is that it lasts about 30 days in cats. That’s the good news, but it is also the bad news. Because it is a longer acting steroid IF there is anything going… Read more »