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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-28-2009, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Licking/chewing hair out

Our cat Magic has been licking/chewing her own hair out in places.
It started over a year ago when the cat still lived with her old owner/ my s.o.'s ex-gf. At that time it was just one patch on her hip about the size of a quarter and we hadn't a clue as to why/what.
It started getting bigger and then we brought her home so we could get her to the vet.
Never got better, even after the vet saw her and ruled out mites/other parasiters and such.
A few months ago she went so crazy with it she chewed a hole in her side on top of being nearly bald on her whole rear end, on her belly and backs of her legs.
To the vet again, a new one.
Put her on antibiotics, prednisone and anti-sress meds.
Stopped chewing skin for awhile (about 2 months) ( but still making sure there is no hair in certain places) now has made another hole in herself.
We put an e-collar on her to keep her from making the wound bigger while we treat it with antibiotic cream. The wound had healed completely untill she got the cone off one night and opened it up again!! in just a few hours she "shaved" her whole hind end again!!!
AHHHH!!!!
Any ideas???
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-28-2009, 01:37 PM
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Wow, that is strange behaviour! Since you have had the obvious suggestions like parasites and stress, I would suggest having her checked for skin disorders, allergies and sensitive skin. Also, have you noticed any other changes in eating, sleeping or urinary patterns? Hope she gets better soon! x
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Poor guy, there might be some internal problems too within him that he wants to lick out. Have you tried to ask to any animal behaviorist?

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-05-2010, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I think it is mostly a behavioral issue. Last night we took her e-collar off for a break, she just stood in one place and licked and licked and licked at herself. We tried distracting her, holding her, playing, flipping her on her back in a playfull way... and she just kept trying to lick herself whereever she could!!!
Obsessive!!! We are calling the vet again today
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My mom's cat does that. But not obsessively. She'll just sometimes lick/gnaw at the hair, and then stop.
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Every time we pet Lucy, she frantically chews/licks her front legs! I have no idea why cats do that. They probably do need some kind of kitty prozac but I sure hate to put them on it.

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I had a cat that did. It is indeed a behavioral/stress thing. I don't know why, is there something new to the household?
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-11-2010, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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The houshols is allways changing, and there is not much we can do about that. It's just the way we are. Our other cat, Shadow, has taken it all in stride, as long as she gets love and her canned treats she's fine. Poor Magic though... she just doesn't seem to be happy.
And to make matters worse, I am allergic to her.
I've allways known some, but not all cats give me allergy issues, and I've deduced she is one of them I have problems with :-(
So now she must be locked out of our bedroom so I have at least one refuge, and can sleep.
We may have to give her up :-(
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-09-2010, 10:19 AM
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I really feel sorry for this poor kitty. Bouncing from home to home is not the best thing for her, and I beg you to not do it to her again.

You said medication was working, so have you continued with the medicine? What med is it?

Amitriptyline is often prescribed for these kind of stress behavior issues, and is effective. Clomicalm is another However, I recommend you take her to another vet for a second opinion, as there may be something else going on.

She could have a flea allergy. She could have a food allergy. She could have atopy or atopic dermatitis, for which there is a specific medication Atopica (the generic is Cyclosporine)

I myself would take her to a veterinary dermatology specialist, but even a second opinion with another vet would be better than nothing.

As for your allergies to her dander, there are many things that can be done to keep you from being bothered by her dander.
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