I’ve had my cat for 3 and 1/2 years now (her whole life, she’s 3 and 1/2) and she’s never had any skin problems until recently. She licks her front arms until there is hardly any fur anymore. She also does this to her hind legs and a small part on her stomach, but minimally. Also, she’ll scratch the backs of her ears until there is no more fur, and occasionally small sores. I know it’s not mites or fleas, and I’m pretty positive it’s not a food allergy because she eats nothing but California Natural and EVO. (She’s a very spoiled little girl.) I’ve tried putting bitter apple on the spots to stop the licking, but to no avail.
I went to the pet store today and got the Avoderm Oatmeal shampoo for cats and dogs to see if it would improve anything. Also, a spray that is specially designed for allergic dermatitis in cats and dogs. If these things don’t work in two weeks or so, I’m going to take her to the vet, but I wanted to exercise all of my options before that.
I’m wondering if anyone else has had a problem similar to this and if so, what did you do so your cat (or dog even) would stop licking the fur away?
I would have her checked for earmites. Alot of cats that have earmites will scratch at the back of their ears until they are bloody and scabby. The overgrooming could be caused by stress. Did you change anything in her environment? Or, if she did contract earmites, that could be causing the stress. I can’t imagine what having a bunch of microscopic bugs in my ear would feel like–I’m sure not fun! You can usually tell if a cat has earmites just from taking a swab with a q-tip, but you need a microscope to confirm. Usually the inner ears will look like someone crushed up an oreo and put it in the cat’s ear. Or, the ears will have a thick, yellow, flakey discharge. Either of these signs usually point to earmites. Hopefully you figure out the problem soon! =)
I live in Florida, and have a 1/2 lhasa, 1/2 peek-a-poo. He’s 10 years old, and he spent the first 9 years in PA with my family, where he never had any major skin problems. But now, he seems “itchy in his own skin”. I give him flea medication and treat the lawn with a pet-safe insecticide. I’ve cut out corn and wheat products from his diet. Still, not much relief. I’ve tried vets, but all they want to do is sell meds to me without diagnosing him (the steroid and cortizone shots had little or no effect). Anyone have any ideas on what might be wrong or how to help him?
He sounds as if he has allergies and dry skin. Poor baby. You can give him Brewers Yeast tablets to help with the dry skin and put a bit of mineral oil in his food to help also. You can also use olive oil for this, if you do not have mineral oil available.
Use of baby rated sunscreen when he is outside, just to avoid burning and irritating his sensitive skin.
Check to see if you can find some l-lysine tablets, they are a skin support tablet which is actually an enzyme produced by the body, he may not be producing enough of it.
My family and I have used these suggestions for our dogs when they have had dry skin and/or hot spots, and have found them to be a lot more helpful and less damaging than steroids and cortisone.
Best of luck to you and your pup.
my 5 year pom suddenly started drinking more water.why?she treated for skin problem .can any one tell me?
our 5 year old pom pet is a poor eater. she refuse to eat by herself.
we feeds her in syringe with out needle.twice a day.ie.too rice and milk only Now she has skin problems.and we treats her for the same.now she has breathing problem too..The doctor advised us not to feed her with syringe. we stopped. now she started taking a little bit rice and one egg daily. But suddenly she is drinking lot of water. that too in this winter.why?please help me.
She could be dehydrated. You should ask your Dr. also re. symptoms of Diabetes, such as a fruity smell to the breath, increased urination , can’t recall the rest. Are there control issues at your house? I only ask because an environment where things are either out of control or one or more people are tending to over-control, that is a perfect set-up for eating disorders. Food & it’s consumption ( or lack thereof) becomes the one thing the child can have some control over. You’d better seriously lookinto this with someone with expertise in this field, be safe.
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