My cat is licking patches of his fur off. What should I do?
My cat has been licking off patches of his fur. I noticed one spot about 4 weeks ago, and thought maybe something was irritating him there, so I left it and have been watching it. Now he has started doing this to many different areas. He does this licking-biting thing and now has patches of baldness randomly, but especially on his belly. I am really concerned and I want to make sure that he is doing better. We switched his food somewhat recently, but I dont remember if it was before or after he started this licking. I talked to the vet and she said to try a new food and see how it goes. But I also want to help relieve whatever is causing him to do this. Is there anything I can do in the meantime while I change his food? He is a siamese, about 8 years old. No previous health problems (although we took him in as a stray about 1 year ago so I dont have history beyond that).
hi kell and welcome. this unfortunately is a very common problem that is often posted on...there is a thread with some links you can first read up on and it will give you some things to consider. I can than give you others but start there ok and let us know your thoughts.....♥
it sounds like stress to me. my cat started with stress last year after the introductiobn of a stray cat. he would run crazy and bit at imagibary things near and on his boddy , he would spasm near his tail lower back. he then started with crystals in his urin and almost died of a blocked bladder, the condition is similar to OCD in humans and has a name call hyper something or other. see the vets and speak about the stress route. my cat is on a daily antidepressant and other calming systems. good luck
My cat suffers this same problem, but I take her for allergy shots. This helps her stop from licking herself and leaving bald spots. Also when the spots are bad and bleeding I have to give her an antibiotic also!
That condition you speak of is called HYPERESTHESIA--yes like OCD in cats. That is why antidepressants and calming agents are prescribed.
Not sur that is the same thing Kellies' cat has, but worth investigation.
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