Cat Veterinary

Have Cat Questions? Ask a Cat Vet Online.

Ask a Cat Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

My 7 year old Siamese mix has always had a very sensitive…

Customer Question
My 7 year old...

My 7 year old Siamese mix has always had a very sensitive area at the base of his tail where he would bite at himself or anything near him when this area is scratched or brushed. Quite recently however, my Liam yelps with pain when the base of his tail is touched and there is some swelling around 1 1/2" the base of his tail. There is no redness or open areas in his hind region. I do not know of any trauma he has suffered. Liam is an indoor cat. What could be going on with him?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the siamese's name?

Liam

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Liam?

He is over weight. Has a history of allergies and wounds when he was rescued and was on steroids for a while - possibly the precursor to his weight gain. Liam is less cheerful and enchanting since theses symptoms started, making is pretty clear h is in discomfort. There are no reddened areas on his body and no signs of an allergy flare-up. His appetite is still good. He is still drinking good amounts of water.

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Answered in 4 hours by:
8/6/2017
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 34,915
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
Verified

You're speaking with Dr. Michael Salkin. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm currently typing up my reply. Please be patient. This may take a few minutes.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. There's little question that Liam has been hyperesthetic. Please see here for a good synopsis of this syndrome: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/HyperesthesiaSyndrome.cfm?gclid=CjwKEAjwsYW6BRCTzvu5y8DPhi0SJABnGLlHvpLl_sZF6DG9I70lLI7WTVkxH017DayAYXp-yAXtJxoCIM_w_wcB

My question at this time is what does the painful swelling around 1 1/2" of the base of his tail indicate? Has he been biting at that area and inflaming it? I would expect to find changes to the skin if that were the case. Is there cystic or tumorous growth occurring there? It can be quite a challenge clarifying the underlying disorder responsible for hyperesthesia. This painful area may either complicate or clarify the etiology and so it should be examined hands-on by Liam's vet who may elect to needle aspirate that area to better understand what's happening under the skin.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
There is no redness or scabbed areas at the base of his tail. Liam is walking a little slower and with a wider gait giving the impression he is in discomfort of some sort. He actually cannot lick or bite at that part of his body due to being overweight. He has no sign of fleas either. Perhaps Liam sprained himself somehow jumping? The swelling is still evident this morning, but somewhat lessened and his response to my palpating the area is less dramatic. I'll see how he is doing later and if needed, schedule a Vet appointment. Thanks.
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago

Thank you for the good update. A prescription nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as meloxicam or robenacoxib might be of value at this time. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 11 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a cat veterinarianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 34,915
34,915 Satisfied Customers
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.

Dr. Michael Salkin is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Cat Veterinarian

3,956 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

4,816 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

4,615 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

3,998 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Cat Veterinarian

3,875 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew

Cat Veterinarian

3,076 satisfied customers

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Deb

Dr. Deb

Cat Veterinarian

2,953 satisfied customers

I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.

< Previous | Next >

Related Cat Veterinary Questions
My male cat does weird stuff when sleeping. His legs start
My male cat does weird stuff when sleeping. His legs start shivering consistently when he gets comfortable and they don't stop. But he doesn't HAVE to be asleep. It's when he is resting… read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
2,985 satisfied customers
He is fine, except he has a bald spot at the base of his
He is fine, except he has a bald spot at the base of his tail and going up part of his tail. It's about an inch long and not oozing or angry. It's kind of dry looking. Is there anything I can put on i… read more
Pet Doc
Pet Doc
Senior Small Animal Veterinarian
BVSc
2,782 satisfied customers
Customer: My name is ***** *****. The fur on my siamese cat's
Customer: My name is ***** *****. The fur on my siamese cat's ears has thinned to the point they appear pink. Also, there appears to be thinning fur on some areas of her tail. … read more
Expert
Expert
Associate Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,029 satisfied customers
yesterday my kitten was fine and this morning I seen
Hello yesterday my kitten was fine and this morning I seen her dragging her back legs she is 5 1/2 weeks old I don't have much money so what can I do to help her, Please help Thanks Felecia… read more
Dr. Matt
Dr. Matt
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,555 satisfied customers
I saw a cat roaming around my apartment complex and he looked
I saw a cat roaming around my apartment complex and he looked hungry and scared, so last Monday, I took him in. I brought him to the vet a few days later and got him his shots. He was already neutered… read more
petdrz
petdrz
Small Animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,389 satisfied customers
I have a 6 yr old siamese sealpoint male cat. He has always
I have a 6 yr old siamese sealpoint male cat. He has always had a good disposition, happy, and for the most part healthy, with the exception of being somewhat obese. He has been somewhat ashmatic for … read more
Denise Colgrove
Denise Colgrove
Relief veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,495 satisfied customers
I think my cat has a broken tail. when I pet her and touch
I think my cat has a broken tail. when I pet her and touch in that area she gets hissy and angry, How do i heal her?… read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,481 satisfied customers
cat: 2yr old..growing back..loosing hair on his back by his tail,i
I have a 2yr old male cat who has been fixed. He has been loosing a lot of hair.This fall he lost all the hair on his tail. I took him to the vet.But we did not find out why he lost all the hair on hi… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Practice owner
Doctoral Degree
6,702 satisfied customers
cat: flea..tick..to become agitated, growl and hiss
Can a flea or tick cause a normal cat to become agitated, growl and hiss and try to attack his backside?… read more
ER Vet
ER Vet
Medical Director
VMD
1,676 satisfied customers
I have a Pixie Bob cat Half Brown Tabby and half Bob Cat
I have a Pixie Bob cat Half Brown Tabby and half Bob Cat he is 9 years old and just started losing his hair on his tail and his hind leg same side when i brush him or tug on his hair it doesn't come o… read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
4,615 satisfied customers
excessive licking in stomach area and hind quarters causing
excessive licking in stomach area and hind quarters causing baldness. ? diet. No fleas. Elderly smooth haired ginger male.Operation 2years ago for severe constipation. Since then semi incontinent (bow… read more
Rosie_MRCVS
Rosie_MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Bachelor\u0027s Degree
1,065 satisfied customers
11 yr old neutered male tabby (a little overweight)..behaved..treating
11 yr old neutered male tabby (a little overweight) with what looks like diaper rash. He not the best behaved and I'm having a difficult time treating his bottom… read more
Dr. Gabby
Dr. Gabby
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
10,410 satisfied customers
Siamese: year old male..his hips legs and tail..licking himself
I have an 8 year old male Siamese cat and recently he has been acting strangely. He seems to be itchy or something on his hips legs and tail, really his whole back section. He will all of the sudden, … read more
Dr. Jay Mawhinney
Dr. Jay Mawhinney
Emergency Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
1,684 satisfied customers
My cat is 14 years old and has recently started loosing his
My cat is 14 years old and has recently started loosing his fur at the base of his tail. I've also noticed that if I touch him past the mid-point of his spine, he will start to feverishly lick, bite/g… read more
Doctor Jeff
Doctor Jeff
VP and Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,747 satisfied customers
My neutered 8 yr old male cat is experiencing great discomfort
My neutered 8 yr old male cat is experiencing great discomfort with his tailbone right where the tail is connected to his body. He complains when we pet him or touch him in that region. He seems to be… read more
Dr. Scarlett
Dr. Scarlett
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,225 satisfied customers
my cat is approximately 10 years and has been with me for the
my cat is approximately 10 years and has been with me for the past 6 years. he has always been obese even though he eats only a limited amount of dry food. he has had urinary tract infections in the p… read more
Doctor Jeff
Doctor Jeff
VP and Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,747 satisfied customers
Two questions My cat has sensitive skin on his back, from
Two questions: My cat has sensitive skin on his back, from above his tail to about the middle of his back. The fur also clumps and he appears to have dandruff type flakes of skin in the area. He toler… read more
Georgina Sullos, DVM
Georgina Sullos, DVM
Associate Small Animal Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4 satisfied customers
cat: itching..tail..scratch..immediately starts nipping and licking me
My cat has been itching around the area in front of his tail. I scratch him and he immediately starts nipping and licking me or himself. Im sure this is from the sensation that this feels good to him.… read more
Dr.Caroline
Dr.Caroline
Veterinarian small animals
Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine
65 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x