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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2008, 08:11 AM Thread Starter
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Obsessive licking

I'm looking for help with my cat Emma. She's a 2 and a half year old grey tabby cat. Here she is:

Just last week she started licking everything! It started with my husband and I. She wanted to lick our hands and arms a lot. Now, about a week later she has settled for just licking anything that is handy, although she still prefers us.

She doesn't lick herself any more than usual, it's just other objects. Yesterday, she was licking something for over 2 hours. She started with my shirt, than moved to my husbands hand, then licked a DVD case and finished with the couch.

This is very new behavior for her and it's got me totally confused. I am calling my vet today but I'm wondering if anybody else has some ideas??
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-12-2008, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Well the vet said it's nothing to worry about unless she is eating the things she's licking. She's not so I guess we'll just live with it until she decides to stop.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-12-2008, 09:33 AM
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It's strange to me that she just started doing it, but if it makes you feel better my mum's cat Llewellyn is a licker too. When my mum pets him, he'll try to lick any part of her he can reach - including sleeves, shirts, hair, buttons... and if he can't access any part of her, he'll lick whatever's around... couch cushions, blankets, table surfaces, even the air. This summer when I go to live with my mom I'll have to get a video of him licking the air... it's hilarious.

Emma is beautiful, by the way! Her eyes are so striking.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-14-2008, 11:20 AM
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Thats kinda funny.I have never heard of that before.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-14-2008, 08:36 PM
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What a beautiful kitty!
It is strange that it would have just started. I've had cats that lick or suck on everything in sight, but they had always done it since they were babies.
Did anything in the household change recently? Even something that seems insignificant to you? Or new cats outside. Or construction? Maybe some tiny change has made her feel a little insecure.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-20-2008, 12:20 AM
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Funny, I've been surfing on the same question today.

I am fostering a neutered male whose family left him behind when he moved. He's been with us about four months and has otherwise settled in fine as an indoor cat. My husband and I both work, though, and I think that his constant licking (hands, toes, arms, leather dining room chairs , tile and carpet floors, his scratching post) might be obsessive compulsive behaviour brought on by stress or boredom? He also has some stomach problems that result in several howling episodes each night. Vet says nothing clinically wrong with him.

I'm off to invest in one SERIOUS cat dancer today to try to entertain him.
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