Cat has excessive licking problem.

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Cat has excessive licking problem.

Post by mike » Tue, 19 Mar 2002 06:10:22



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.
Jenny
 
 
 

Cat has excessive licking problem.

Post by jXwXeXrXmXoX.. » Tue, 19 Mar 2002 08:15:31


 > 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.

Good luck,

Joyce

 
 
 

Cat has excessive licking problem.

Post by Jo Fire » Tue, 19 Mar 2002 06:42:18



Quote:
> 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.
> Jenny

Our cat Sam did this every spring to his left back leg.  It was brought on by
allergies.  He had some scar tissue on that leg so it became the focal point.
He had a cortisone shot every spring for 18 years.  Cleared it right up.

Jo