> My cat Max has a problem with***ing his front leg. It started about 6
> months ago. The vet has been no help in this situation and cannot find the
> problem. He will*** the fur until the fur is gone and then he will
> continue to*** until the skin bleeds. Has anyone seen this type of
> behavior before? He has gone from having a small patch of fur missing to
> having a leg with very short fur.
Sometimes cats do this out of stress. Is there anything going on that
might be upsetting him? A friend of mine had a cat that did this and her
vet had her put the cat on something, I think it was an anti-histamine,
for its relaxing effects (not because the cat had any allergies). The
***ing problem stopped, so it was very effective that way. However, the
cat then disappeared, and my friend thought it might have been because
she was spaced out on the *** and got disoriented and lost. The happy
ending is that eventually, the cat came back, and she was fine. But my
friend never put her on anti-histamines again, and I think she had more
problems with***ing after that (and I don't remember how it got
resolved, this was quite a few years ago). But the point here is that
drugging the cat isn't a good idea if it's an indoor/outdoor cat. Although
maybe there are other treatments now that don't cause a cat to get
spaced out and disoriented.
If I were you, I'd look for another vet for some other suggestions. It's
not an unusual problem.