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The symptoms you've described for your cat, such as redness, hair loss, and scabbing under the belly, could be indicative of a few different skin conditions. These can range from allergies to infections or even parasitic infestations. Since you've mentioned the use of Animax ointment, which is a combination of anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial agents, it seems like an infection may have been suspected. However, if the symptoms have not improved after four days of treatment, it's possible that the condition may require a different approach or a more specific treatment.

The additional symptoms of ear issues and vomiting are concerning as well. Ear problems can be related to the skin condition if there is an underlying allergy or systemic issue. Vomiting, while it can be caused by a variety of factors, when seen in conjunction with skin and ear problems, raises the possibility of a more widespread or systemic issue, such as an adverse reaction to medication or an underlying disease.

In this situation, it's important to ensure that your cat is on a flea and tick prevention program, as you've indicated she is, because parasites can cause skin irritation and hair loss. Additionally, since your cat has a history of diabetes, it's crucial to maintain her regular diabetes management plan, as this condition can affect her overall health and may complicate skin conditions.

Here's what you can do to help your cat:

- Continue to apply the Animax ointment as prescribed, but if there's no improvement, it may be necessary to revisit this treatment plan.
- Keep the underbelly area clean and dry to prevent further irritation or infection.
- If your cat is scratching the area, an Elizabethan collar (cone) can help prevent self-trauma and give the skin a chance to heal.
- Monitor her for any changes in behavior, appetite, or worsening of the skin condition.
- Ensure her diabetes is well-managed, as poor control can impair healing and immune function.

If your cat exhibits any of the following additional symptoms, it would be prudent to seek immediate veterinary attention:

- Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
- Severe lethargy or unresponsiveness
- Sudden collapse or extreme weakness
- Persistent vomiting or diarrhea, especially if blood is present
- Signs of pain such as crying out or aggression when touched

These symptoms could indicate a more serious or urgent condition that requires immediate veterinary care.

Remember, skin conditions can be complex and may require a multifaceted approach to diagnose and treat effectively. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.