Water Obsession/Fur Removal
Hi, I'm new here and I could use some advice. I have had cats all my life. I currently have two: Ella Fitzkitty and Franklin. Frank is the one giving me grief. There are two issues with him. Oddly enough, both seemed to get worse after my cat Bobby Shafto died a year ago, although I never really thought those guys were very close.
The first issue is that Frank is methodically removing his fur. He seems to be doing it through obsessive grooming. He has removed the hair on his stomach and parts of his forelegs. I took him the the vet several times. I use a vet that practices holistic/homeopathic medicine and she gave me some Bach's Flower Essences for Frank. We went through two vials of it and I did not see any change. It does not seem to be affecting his health - he is as affectionate and demanding as ever - but I'd like to figure out what is going on. We also ran bloodwork on him, which showed nothing.
The second issue is with the water bowl. Frank is obsessive about splashing all of the water out. We have tried several different types of bowls. Right now we have one of those inverted self-waterer things that holds about a half gallon of water. It takes him about two days to empty it. I have the waterer sitting inside a large baking pan with a large "lip" all the way around to catch the water. Then underneath that I have a bunch of towels because eventually, Frank scoops all the water from the bowl into the baking pan and then starts scooping it from there onto the surrounding towels. I don't know why I bother - the carpet is already ruined from this.
I was thinking of buying one of those water systems that keep the water running since cats seem to like that. Any input on this? Would I be wasting my money?
You may notice that I also have dogs so I want to add that I do acknowledge that the presence of the dogs may be causing some additional stress here but Frank has lived with dogs all his life and while he does like to smack them around, he generally seems to tolerate them just fine.
Any input would be appreciated!