Cat Forum banner

1 - 4 of 4 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
My perfect cat of eight years began self-mutilation last August. He has been seen by three different veterinarian clinics. He has been wearing a cone and customized clothing to prevent him from further damaging his fur. After 8 years he began self-mutilation last August. He has been seen by three different veterinarian clinics. He has been wearing a cone and customized clothing to prevent him from further damaging his fur.
We have put him on expensive food prescribed by doctors, anti-anxiety meds, pheromone collar etc. tests for mites, infections, thyroid disorders, anal glands have come back negative. Additionally there have been no changes to the environment to elicit his behavior. To no avail if he can reach any exposed fur he’ll proceed to tear it out. I hate having him in a collar for the rest of his life but no one has any remedies. Has anyone out there dealt with this before too? We have spent thousands of dollars without any successful long term results. I love this cat any can’t put him to sleep for something like this.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
26,397 Posts
One of my girls started over-grooming and after trying many other things, I bought a product called Derma-Soothe, anti-itch spray. It seems to sooth her down and she totally stopped licking herself almost bald. Bonus - it smells wonderful. I think you can get it at Petsmart or Petco. I ordered it through Amazon.


Note: I didn't spray her with it, I sprayed my hands and rubbed it into her fur so as not to freak her out.


[ame]https://www.amazon.com/Derma-Soothe-Strength-Medicated-Pramoxine-Anesthetic/dp/B071JWN98D[/ame]
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
44 Posts
Unfortunately, I don't have any helpful tips. We just adopted a kitty that overgrooms, the vet said she had some hair loss at the base of her tail that indicates a flea allergy (not actual fleas - sometimes if they are allergic I guess they are just really persistent in making sure there isn't anything). She mostly doesn't hurt herself or have hair loss, but I do see raw spots especially by her nipples. Still, it's agonizing to watch knowing she may be in a little pain, so I completely commiserate with you on how miserable it is watching them do that to themselves. Good luck, I hope the Derma-soothe works!
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,098 Posts
Poor kitty. You didn't mention it, but I assume you've ruled out allergies, whether to foods, cleaning products, pollen, or other stuff?

If the Derma-soothe that marie mentioned doesn't work, you could consider consulting a specialist. Is there a university with a veterinary school anywhere near you?

I had a compulsive overgroomer who licked all the fur off her tummy and inner thighs. She was just bald there for the last 6 or so years of her life. Is your kitty licking, or pulling out the fur, or both?
 
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
Top