By Sherry from IN
Here are the recent answer to this question.
I too have an older cat who licks excessively. My girl is 8-9 and was fine up north. I moved to Florida and she will not stop pruning herself. I administer chlorpheniramine orally to her which helps at times. Going to start administering an oatmeal bath to see if that assists with any skin improvements.
I have been a vet tech for almost 10 years. Steroid injection help but do not last long enough and I don't care to keep doing that to her. At my witts end with it though. I yell at her when I see or hear her going at it, and I keep a spray bottle around.
By Lois Appel04/27/2010
Sherry: I've told others about a product called nzymes found at nzymes.com. It sounds like allergies and allergies are really bad this year. She could be pulling her fur out and that's why you see blood at times. I tried allergy shots with our dog and he got so much worse that I had to stop them. You can make a solution of baking soda with water (about 4 Tab & spay bottle of watter) but she won't like it. Also listerine with water helps (1/2 and1/2)
By Lee Taylor 04/15/2010
Definitely sounds like an allergy. It could be to fleas or her food. My cat went through the exact same thing. I switched his food and give him flea medicine and he's much better. It's taken 6 weeks and his hair in not fully grown back in, but it is much better. He doesn't scratch as much now. Good luck. I'd definitely take your cat to see the vet.
This happens to my cat when she gets fleas from the dog. Apparently she is very sensitive, or even allergic, to fleas. She loses hair on her legs and belly and starts to act very twitchy and paranoid. I would check her for "flea dirt" and see what you find.
By Lisa 04/13/2010
I have three cats; two are older than yours. We've never had this kind of problem with any of them. I suggest you give the vet's office a call. They can check for medical problems, and hopefully recommend treatment. Best of luck - hope your kitty feels better soon!
Thrifty Fun has been around so long that many of our pages have been reset several times. Archives are older versions of the page and the feedback that was provided then.
My cat is losing his hair on the side of his leg, any ideas?
Barry Worthington from Houston
Get him to the vet. It could be any number of things and you don't want to treat it with the wrong thing. (08/28/2007)
My cat is loosing hair on her back legs. Any ideas on what to do?
By Runrhonda41 from CA
I have seen so many questions on here about cats losing hair or balding on their thighs and inside of their legs. Has anyone come up with a reason why this happens?
My cat is 7 and an inside cat, nothing has changed in my house since I got her. She is an apple head Siamese and when the vet saw her a month ago for a checkup he did not seem to be concerned, but it seems to be getting worse. Thanks for any help from anyone. It worries me.
By Donna from Baltimore
See this article http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf97553752.tip.html .
Good luck with your baby. (12/03/2009)
I have a cat who is 6 years old. Right now she is losing her hair on her back legs and down her spine too. What can I do to help her, besides going to a vet?
I did change the kitty litter, thinking that might be it. She eats dry cat food. This has been going on for about 3 weeks. She is not an outside cat. She tried it one time, snuck out, but wanted right back in.
Thanks for the help.
By JOAN from Girard , Pa
When you encounter problems like this, your best bet is to at least call your veterinarian because he or she can ask you specific questions (with hopefully a history with your vet) to try to pinpoint whether it is something to be concerned about or if something simple as a change in diet is in order.
Your cat can't tell you if the food is off. Cats and dogs can't tell you they have allergies to something. Your vet is the one to talk to when a drastic change happens to your pet. Cats, especially, need vet attention when something happens that quickly. Simply put, call your veterinarian. (02/22/2010)
Add your voice to the conversation. Click here to answer this question.