Scabs on cat's neck and back of head

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Confused:
Anyone have a similar case?
My 11 year-old male cat has gotten an outbreak of scabs on his head and neck area in the past few months. There are no fleas in the apartment (believe me, I would know). The vet thought maybe it could be liver problems. He did blood work and saw nothing besides some slight anemia.

The cat has been on Z/D low allergen dry food for several months. Sometimes the scabs clear up, but not again for awhile. He's gotten two antibiotic shots of Convenia ("long acting injectable cephalosporin antibiotic") in the past few months. I think the first one cleared it up, but then the scabs came back. The second shot recently didn't seem to help at all.
He also has taken to staying on a cardboard box and eating there. He will only leave to use the litter, and then he runs back to his box. My vet says the behavior issue is probably due to the scab problem (cat feeling vulnerable).
Could it be a grain allergy? I switched him to Innova EVO grain-free food today and will see what happens.
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John Kimmel:
[nq:1]Anyone have a similar case? My 11 year-old male cat has gotten an outbreak of scabs on his head and ... The vet thought maybe it could be liver problems. He did blood work and saw nothing besides some slight anemia.[/nq]
Sounds like ringworm.

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MaryL:
[nq:1]Anyone have a similar case? My 11 year-old male cat has gotten an outbreak of scabs on his head and ... Could it be a grain allergy? I switched him to Innova EVO grain-free food today and will see what happens.[/nq]
I would suspect ringworm, as John also suggested. Did your vet do a test with a Woods lamp to check for that? The Innova EVO is also a good idea, but I would definitely ask about ringworm.
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Granby:
I don't know anything compared to the people on this group but, is there any chance it could be ring worm? Son had a cat with it and it sounds about the same thing. Just guessing.
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Confused:
Sorry, I forgot about that. He has tested negative for ringworm on his initial vet visit and my other three cats are healthy too.
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Granby:
I have a neighbor cat that is allergic to the dandruff from another of their cats. What a bummer.
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Magic Mood Jeep:
[nq:1]Sorry, I forgot about that. He has tested negative for ringworm on his initial vet visit and my other three cats are healthy too.[/nq]Since you have now stated that you have other cats, it sounds like they've been fighting. I have one cat who is constantly trying to be the dominant one, but is not a good fighter. He has scabs on his head/neck and even sometimes on his face and chin/jaw from where he picked on someone who whooped him (but good). Usually his littermate, and it starts with a mutual washing session (my term is "lickfest") that turns into a wrestling match. Also, you stated that he prefers to spend his days in a box, leaving only for litterbox duties, so that means that he is getting picked on by the others (hiding in a "safe" place), EVEN IF YOU DON'T SEE IT HAPPENING.

Yes, that is in all caps. None of us can keep all (or in some cases just one) of our cats within sight 24/7. You might SEE a mutual grooming session, but what is actually happening is one cat is trying to say "I am the boss of you" to the other.

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cybercat:
[nq:2]Sorry, I forgot about that. He has tested negative for ringworm on his initial vet visit and my other three cats are healthy too.[/nq]
[nq:1]Since you have now stated that you have other cats, it sounds like they've been fighting. I have one cat who is constantly trying to be the dominant one, but is not a good fighter.[/nq]
This is kind of funny. Emotion: smile
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calvin:
A stray tomcat that I took to the vet a couple
of months ago for several things, including
neutering, had some small rough spots on top
of his head and back which he didn't mind me
scratching at and picking at to smooth over.
Soon after starting antibiotics, which were twice
a day for ten days, the roughness and other
skin and fur issues showed striking improvement.
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