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Unread 11-21-2006   #1 (permalink)
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I've noticed that my cat has gotten a sore on her body and her leg, presumably from licking herself in those spots repeatedly. What is the usual cause of that behavior and how can we resolve it?
 
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Unread 11-28-2006   #2 (permalink)
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There IS a reason your cat is doing this, but the difficulty is in finding what that cause is. Could be a skin related issue or, like one of our guys, behavioral.

Either way, you need to keep a close eye on it. Our guy could lick down to raw flesh in just a matter of hours. Then we would have to worry about bleeding and infection. Ultimately a few days with a plastic collar was the only way we could get him to stop while trying to figure out the cause.

Some additional thoughts Chewing base of tail
 
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We have the same problem with our cat. The sore starts healing, but when he licks it, it takes off the scab and it is exposed again. We tried putting medicine our vet gave us and putting an ace bandage on it, but he kept losing it outside. One time we put it to tight, and it made a sore under his belly. Poor thing. The sore has gotten better, but there is still one little spot that will not heal completely. I think he is licking it because it may itch.
 
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The plastic collar is what we've had to use in the past. It works great but you have one very unhappy cat for a while. The first day is the worst as they get used to it. They cant fit into a lot of their smaller hideaways and that really ticks them off.
 
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