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Old 02-10-2005, 11:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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why does he do this. His name is Chewy and he is the best cat, no other problems, he is very loved and very spoiled.
Any ideas why...behavioral?
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Old 02-10-2005, 11:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 02-11-2005, 03:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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anyone??
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Old 02-11-2005, 04:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You mean he is chewing his own leg until you can see bone? Thats the impression I got from your post?

If this is the case, it is very likely that there is extensive nerve damage to the leg if he can chew it that badly without causing himself great agony. Rather than trying to get a pucture, you need to get your cat to the vet.

Please let us know if I have the wrong impression of the situation, as I have never heard of this with the exception of animals caught in traps.

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Old 02-11-2005, 06:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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There is a cat right now at my g/f hospital that is chewing the end of his tail off. They had to amputate about 2 inches of it because of all the bites! The cat screams when he does it but, won't stop. He has an e-collar on at the present time so he can't get to it but, they have found once this starts it's tough to get them to stop. This is this cats second round in a year and a half!
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Old 02-11-2005, 08:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Just popping in so I can hear the outcome of this.
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Old 02-11-2005, 12:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I am sorry, I may have over eggagerated. He is chewing down to his skin where it is red a flesh colored, the part of the leg bone or ligement is exposed under the skin/flesh. So basically he chewing down through his fur and has some type of infection. Its about 1" long. If I can avoid the vet it would help - just spent $200 to deal with a badder infection and cat meds for my other "kid". pet ointement??

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Old 02-11-2005, 12:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
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no, this is too serious to avoid the vet.
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the part of the leg bone or ligement is exposed under the skin/flesh
wouldn't you go to a Dr. if this happened to you?
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Old 02-11-2005, 12:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I definatley agree, it sounds VERY important that you get your kitty to a vet for this! If you're having money issues, see if they'll work out a payment plan, or look around for a vet that is willing to do payment plans...
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Old 02-11-2005, 12:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Get to the Vet NOW! You know this isn't a normal behavior and have to realize it could be serious. There is no excuse for delaying a vet visit. As a pet parent you assumed a responsibility. Live up to it. I know it can be a financial problem, but work something out. I'm sorry but I have no patience for anyone who would sit by and watch their cat suffer in this or any other way and not get them attention as soon as possible. I just know I would do whatever necessary and have done so.
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