The following is an excerpt from Petfinder’s FurKeeps Kickoff live Facebook Q&A.
Q: I have a 6-year-old male cat who is allergic to plastic. Even though he isn’t around much of it, he insists on scratching his neck until it bleeds.
I have tried everything. Could this be behavioral?
A: Plastic allergies are a big problem as we are surrounded by plastic — from everything that comes from the grocery store to the undersides of furniture.
If your cat is drawing blood it is unlikely to be behavioral. In fact, in most cases of behavioral disease, when the skin is biopsied, it is an allergy and must be treated appropriately.
Also consider that you may have multiple allergies going on — food and plastic.
Dr. Grant Gugisberg, D.V.M.
Parkview Cat Clinic
Mendota Heights, MN