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Unread 04-02-2009   #1 (permalink)
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One of my cats is over grooming himself and is always bald on his belly and legs. I brought him to the vet and the vet said that the only thing that he could think to do was give the cat steroid shots. I dont really want to do that unless it is the only thing that will work. Does anyone have any suggestions?
 
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It can be a flea thing. Did you check it?
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Thank you for the welcome and the reply! yea, I checked for fleas and I asked the vet just to make sure that I didnt miss them or something. Where he licks is usually really warm, so I was thinking maybe a hot spot? but then again I dont really know how to deal with that either.
 
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well my mom as a little jack russell dog and she was doing the same thing to her back end and for a long time it was assumed that it was fleas, but after a second try at the vets it was established that it was actually a skin condition, so the dog was given some tablets and basically all is well now, so it might be worth asking your vet about this. BTW the dog didnt even have fleas we basically took it to the vet saying we think it has fleas and the vet just gave us some flea stuff, didnt even check if it was. I am sure your vet isnt so incompedent though
 
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Yeah, skin irritation or allergy is also possible.. If it is not skin condition, then, how about stress ? Ever thought about it ? What is his name ?
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I had a whole post written and it disappeared.

I'll never be able to say it all again. (but I'll try!)

With flea allergy you may not necessarily see fleas on the cat. However if you have treated for fleas (frontline plus for example) and the problem persists, it is not flea allergy.

Your cat may have a food allergy. The way to determine this is to feed a prescription food that contains no known allergens and see if the condition improves.

he may have developed the habit from stress. Something bothered him, now it is habit he cannot break. Rescue Remedy might help. (info in my signature)

He may have Feline Eosinophilic Granuloma. read about it here:

Feline Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex: An Overview

also there is a medication called amitriptyline that is used in some of these cases. It is an old antidepressant (elavil) given at a low dose for a certain period of time.

The main side affects are sedation (lethargy) and weight gain, but the idea is to stop the habit, then wean him off the medicine.

I have a cat who licks her tummy almost bald. She does not have flea nor food allergies, and does not lick to the excess of the Granuloma. My vet has given me an ointment called Animax which contains an antibiotic, antiviral and a small dose of cortisone. If she licks enough to make a sore (rare) I use the Animax for 10 days and that clears it up.

There is another mediation for skin disorders that is very effective, but also very expensive. The name escapes me at the moment I will come back with the info later as I am out of time.

If you are not satisfied with your vet's treatment suggestions I urge you to take your beloved boy somewhere else for a second opinion.
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Atopica:

Atopica - Advanced Skin Allergy Relief - Atopica.com

It is labeled for use in dogs, but it also used for cats. I know a cat with a Eosinophilic Granuloma who has gotten great relief with this medicine, but it is expensive and requires regular (annual) blood tests.

just to clarify, I am not a vet but do have some knowledge of skin disorders.

here is another link you may find useful though it is long and wordy.

Skin Disorders in Cats

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Thanks a lot Acer... you said it all, thru this painful posting process though ..
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his name is nigel. I have brought him to several vets and I didnt get any answers. Ive tried the allergy food, and had him on it for a year and a half, didnt work. I have tried feliway and I didnt find he even payed attention to it at all. I just feel bad sitting back watching him do it to himself.
 
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his name is nigel. I have brought him to several vets and I didnt get any answers. Ive tried the allergy food, and had him on it for a year and a half, didnt work. I have tried feliway and I didnt find he even payed attention to it at all. I just feel bad sitting back watching him do it to himself.
I had my Pochee, now in the Bridge that suffered from a similar problem & as you said, where he licked was really warm. He was treated by a skin specialist vet quite famous here who also worked many years in England.
I remember we checked him to many diseases & treatments & nothing worked until the vet found what the problem was: lack of hormones. This is another possibility the vet may take into account.
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