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Q: Licking

May 20, 2009 | By Anonymous | 6 answers | Expired: 1885 days ago

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my moms cat Sammy is siamese and is about 7 years old...and he licks his fur in spots until they are raw and bleeding. He has a few spots that are licked raw.

Why is this and what should my mom do?

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Rjlupinskat
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May 22, 2009

I agree with several responses here.

Allergies could well be the problem, particularly flea allergies. Take kitty to the vet, and most likely a Cortisone shot and (if it is flea allergiers) a dose of Advantage or Frontline will be the prescription. If that's the case, you'll see a noticable difference in less than a day (with the licking) and shortly thereafter improvement in wounds.

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Mary  L.
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May 21, 2009

My cat started doing this 1 1/2 years ago. It turned out to be allergies and I found out that she was allergic to everything that I was feeding her. Everything I fed her made her allergies worse. You need to take the cat to the vet and have it checked out right away. This will only get worse without treatment. It could be as simple as dry skin or as horrible as cancer. But I'd be willing to bet that it's allergies.

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Anonymous
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May 21, 2009

There are many possible reasons for Sammy's licking. An allergy is certainly one - allergy to flea bites, pollen, an ingredient in food such corn or chick (common problems for cats). She may be under some sort of stress. He may have a hormonal problem or be stressed out about something. When cats are anxious, they often display obsessive-compulsive behavior, which is what overgrooming is. Definitely take hiim to the vet, but try to avoid treating him with cortisone. It does relieve the itching, but it only treats symptoms and can mask the underlying cause of the licking. It also has serious side effects if used frequently. The licking could also be "ideopathic" (no known cause) and in that case you might have to try an anti-anxiety medication. Once you've discovered what is causing the licking, I recommend going to cats section of about.com. It is a very comprehensive site with tons of information on every cat topic there is.

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Linda  N.
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May 20, 2009

Your moms kitty could very well have an allergy. My calico,Muffin, has a severe allery to fleas. My cats don't never go outside but somehow got fleas last fall. My other pets didn't scratch much at all, so I didn't know they had gotten fleas at first but Muffin was licking herself raw in spots. Like your moms cat, she was losing her hair and was a mess. I took her to the vet of course and she was given cortisone shots and they were all put on Advantage. She was completely healed up a few weeks later. Just something you may want to check into. Good luck...

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Jillian
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May 20, 2009

he may be compulsively licking or there may be some underlying issue for why he thinks he has to lick that spot so much. if this is a recent development, its probably the latter. take your cat to the vet either way.

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erica m.
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May 20, 2009

you should take the cat to the vet, and she may can give a treatment to the wounds, and it also may prevent the cat from licking the spot.

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