My 7month male cat has taken to scratching at his neck, I think perhaps an itchy 'hotspot'? Hes indoors so no fleas, no mange, my other male cat is fine so nothing contagious. When he was at the vet recently to be neutered they just said to not cover it and gave some antibiotics - I don't know if it was for that or the neutering. Hes scratched away the fur, but doesn't seem bothered or pained by the twopence sized 'wet' area which I'm guessing is the original 'hotspot' site - its not been infected, is very clean and not bleeding unless he scratches then its just a surface bleed and stops instantly when he does. I put inadine patches on and covered it, it healed it up to skin level, and now we're using cortisone cream and I've made a stiffened cloth collar which isn;t touching the neck (so it can breathe as much as poss) but prevents him licking or scratching at it. The fur is coming back around it, is just the original site that isn;t red or inflamed, just not growing back in and 'wet'. Still doesn't bother him, is more me, I want it to all grow back so I can remove the neck thing and he'll hopefully not itch at it anymore? Is it just habit and will take time to heal up (human impatience!) - as said, doesn;t appear to bother him painwise and his appetite, coat, eyes and nose are all shiny and healthy otherwise...Do I just need to wait patiently and is the cortisone cream a good idea? It does seem to be healing it up and taking the itch out? The photo is from when the inadine dressing and hated plastic cone were on, now there is no dressing and the neck brace style thing doesn't touch it, is stiffened enough to be like a flexi tube with space inbetween it and his neck (have attached it on a back harness under legs so its not attached round neck.