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What are these marks on my Sphynx's skin??

MaryMary

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My spyhnx has developed dark marks on his belly. He's a black sphynx anyway but these are very black spots. They have literally shown up in the last 2 weeks and continued to spread in a horizontal line across his abdomen. I've read numerous threads on here about similar marks on the skin but I do not believe any of those suggestions apply to Boo.
At first I thought it was a build up of oil so he got 2 extra baths with exfoliating gloves. Apart from him wishing he could claw my eyes out, it did nothing. He's not a very oily sphynx as it is. (We have white sheets on the bed and he never leaves stains on these.) I also read of a members cat getting little burns from a cable box. Boo doesn't sit on anything remotely warm enough for that. He has a little microwave heat pad but it's never burning, sometimes it's barely even hot.
I also read of members saying the spots were from the sun when their sphynx was sunbathing at the window. That is definitely not the case here, it's minus 5 degrees Celsius!!! We don't even see sun in our very limited "summer". Boo has never ever seen the sun.
I had a vet say they were liver spots, which I laughed at...he's 6 months old, not 10 years!! Iv never heard of a kitten getting liver spots nor have I ever seen them on a young sphynx.
The marks are not raised, and do not seem to affect him in any way at all, I just want to know what they are. I'm very curious as to how they showed up so quickly and have spread so fast.
Nothing in the last two weeks has changed at all, not his diet, his bathing routine, his environment, not a thing.

Here's hoping you lovely lair ladies will hold the answer!!
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Strange. I wish I could help. I've only had my Sphynx for ages months and I don't know much about them. My cat doesn't seem to be bothered by his markings either. His markings come and go. The Vet took pics and is looking into it. Yesterday it was very prominent and not so much today. My markings are like swirls.
 

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My spyhnx has developed dark marks on his belly. He's a black sphynx anyway but these are very black spots. They have literally shown up in the last 2 weeks and continued to spread in a horizontal line across his abdomen. I've read numerous threads on here about similar marks on the skin but I do not believe any of those suggestions apply to Boo.
At first I thought it was a build up of oil so he got 2 extra baths with exfoliating gloves. Apart from him wishing he could claw my eyes out, it did nothing. He's not a very oily sphynx as it is. (We have white sheets on the bed and he never leaves stains on these.) I also read of a members cat getting little burns from a cable box. Boo doesn't sit on anything remotely warm enough for that. He has a little microwave heat pad but it's never burning, sometimes it's barely even hot.
I also read of members saying the spots were from the sun when their sphynx was sunbathing at the window. That is definitely not the case here, it's minus 5 degrees Celsius!!! We don't even see sun in our very limited "summer". Boo has never ever seen the sun.
I had a vet say they were liver spots, which I laughed at...he's 6 months old, not 10 years!! Iv never heard of a kitten getting liver spots nor have I ever seen them on a young sphynx.
The marks are not raised, and do not seem to affect him in any way at all, I just want to know what they are. I'm very curious as to how they showed up so quickly and have spread so fast.
Nothing in the last two weeks has changed at all, not his diet, his bathing routine, his environment, not a thing.

Here's hoping you lovely lair ladies will hold the answer!!
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Check malassezia yeast treatment. -oral
 

suzfoote

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My boy has something similar to this and it turned out to be some sort of fungal infection. I got him a shampoo called zymox?? It was a mediated shampoo and it cleared up his belly within a week or so! It would be worth a try

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Susanhughes

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It's not fungal and it's not bacterial. Tested by the Vet. I had thought that already since only a few others have had this and nothing comes up positive. The Vet says next is allergy testing.
I've read that it's hormonal.
I've been giving him a good dose of Omega's and it seems better. Not certain that the Omega's made it better though.
 

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Late to the game, but wanted to shared. About a month after rescue & few weeks after spay, Reena went from a cream color to covered in black spots in a matter of days. They didn't phase her at all but the texture of the skin did seem to be a bit drier . After punch biopsies for mast cell and other immune disease (negative) and blood work (a-ok), we were ultimately able to dx malesseziza by rubbing her with a brush and sending that to the lab. Malaseb worked and she's back to cream. Best guess is that the stress of rescue and surgery, and possibly the giardia treatment, put her body into a stressed state and let the dermal infection run away.
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Late to the game, but wanted to shared. About a month after rescue & few weeks after spay, Reena went from a cream color to covered in black spots in a matter of days. They didn't phase her at all but the texture of the skin did seem to be a bit drier . After punch biopsies for mast cell and other immune disease (negative) and blood work (a-ok), we were ultimately able to dx malesseziza by rubbing her with a brush and sending that to the lab. Malaseb worked and she's back to cream. Best guess is that the stress of rescue and surgery, and possibly the giardia treatment, put her body into a stressed state and let the dermal infection run away.
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Good evening,
I just saw your post and I have the same problem. My cat has been developing this kind of task for 4 months and no one knows what it can be.
Have you solved your cat's skin problem? I am worried . As you can see, the areas are very targeted... Only on the back thighs.... Thank you very much for your help.
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@Naboo75 positive vibes sent... did vet check for yeast or bacterial? rule out malasezzia ? any change of litter? some get yeasty skin from certain litters? change of foods?

following closely for updates
 

Naboo75

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@Naboo75 positive vibes sent... did vet check for yeast or bacterial? rule out malasezzia ? any change of litter? some get yeasty skin from certain litters? change of foods?

following closely for updates
We will see the vet next week but no change on its alimentation or litter. The cat has always been a little bit of it, but for the past 3 months, it has been a big progress with the marks... I hope to have more informations after my meeting with the vet. Thank you for your answer... I will let you know.
 

bmnicho

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Reena has been a-ok for 8 months or so. We did Malaseb shampoo 2x/week for 10 minutes for two weeks and 1/x week for 2 weeks. She wasn't keen on staying wet so there was a lot of petting and sweet talk to keep her patient. We haven't had to use it again and she's back to normal.

The vet told me normally they'd take some hair to do the fungal test but with her he had decided to use a clean toothbrush to rub her enough to get some skin and fuzz to come off in the bristles... he submitted the whole toothbrush to the lab to test and our results came back extremely high in a matter of days.

Best wishes to your kitty- I know how stressful it is to see something like this and have no idea of what it could be.

(Reena today)
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Urban glow

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Check malassezia yeast treatment. -oral
Hi. I have a 10 month old girl and she had Hep B and Liver disease. She started getting these markings on her when she became ill at 8 months old. They are now all over her stomach and legs, it looks awful and it is starting to bother her. Firstly the vets said it was from her liver. Now we are going for more testing now as I am not satisfied with that diagnosis.



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@Urban glow all paws crossed for the upcoming testing
be sure to ask to rule out Malassezia dermatitis that @bmnicho shared her Renee was treated for along with Malaseb shampoo
will be checking for updates on your thread
 
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