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My cat licks himself until he is raw and bleeding. Vet says ...

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My cat licks himself until he is raw and bleeding. Vet says its behavior related. I think he itches. What can I do? He is 6 yrs. old. adopted in Dec. 06. We have a 7 yr. old female. She gets aggressive at times. He got 2 cortisone injections,help for about 1 wk each
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 9 years ago.

Where on his body is he licking?

is it a specific spot or all over?

what is he eating?

does he get along with your cat when she is not agressive?

Thanks,

Terri

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Percy has 4 bleeding legs, his chest,tummy, and between his legs. Even when he sits between my husband and I he won't stop licking. He doesn't scratch himself. He and Sheba get along ok. They even sit or sleep together at times. no fighting over food dishes or litter boxes. He eats Pro Plan dry food and shares a 3 oz. can of chicken, turkey, or fish dailt same brand
Expert:  Terri replied 9 years ago.

Dear friend,

Please stand by while I type detailed answer regarding Percy.

How long has he been doing this chewing?

Thanks,

Terri

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
We adopted him from a shelter in dec 2006. he is declawed and fixed as is sheba. they are indoor cats- have not seen any fleas
Expert:  Terri replied 9 years ago.

Dear friend,

Percy may be suffering from a condition called Psychogenic Alopecia, this can be obcessive/compusive or autoimmune in nature. You can read about it here:

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=1&cat=1338&articleid=195

http://www.nzymes.com/Articles/cat_skin_hair_problems.htm

There is also a stress of allergy based skin issue called Miliary dermatitis:

http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/mil-derm.html

This responds to steroids but will recur if the allergin is not removed.He may have had a flea issue in hiis prior location.

The OCD type of Alopecia should respond to valium or clomacalm. The autoimmune is usually treated with steroids. However, prolonged use of steroids can cause kidney disfuntion.

This can be a result of stress or allergy due to corn and gluten in his food. I would suggest you try some homeopathic remedies from the following sites:

http://www.onlynaturalpetstore.com/

http://www.allergicpet.com/

http://www.nativeremedies.com/

Many people use rescue remedy (pet supply)as that is a flower essence and can be very helpful. I also suggest you get some onesies made for human infants to keep the area inaccessable. . These have snaps or zippers so he will not be able to reach the spots.Since the area is mostly on the legs he may be allergic to scented cat litter.

Try completely natural food, at http://www.petfooddirect.com/ if he is eating anything with corn or gluten.

He may just need time to settle in and calm down. You can get a feliway plug in www.catfaeries.com

I know this is a lot to cope with for a rescue kitty. May God bless you for saving him.

Please let me know how he is doing. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to ask. I will be more than happy to try and help in any way possible.

Very sincerely,

Terri

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