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Keeping a Cat from Licking Sores on Its Belly?

My cat developed red sores on his belly. He licks and nibbles at them which stops them from forming scabs and healing. He still gets to them with a cone on.

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April 30, 20190 found this helpful

Clean the sores and apply a bandage, then add a taste deterrent bitter to the bandage.

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April 16, 20200 found this helpful

I have a cat who scratched herself open between her shoulder blades and when I put the cone on she went hysterical. I cut off the bottom part of a pair of leggings, cut two small holes for the legs and a hole for the tail and she can't get at the wound at all.

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It also worked on our cat who wanted to pull out stitches on her belly after an op.

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April 30, 20190 found this helpful

Coconut oil is supposedly very good for healing and moisturizing

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April 30, 20190 found this helpful

Hi,

I would look at the diet, first of all. I would change to a grain-free food and start giving the cat some boiled chicken every day.

I would see how this does for the itching. It might take several weeks for improvement to show.

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I would buy a coconut oil from the grocery store and put it on the itchy spot. Every time the sore heals, it itches, which is why the cat keeps licking it. Just put a little dab on the spot.

The coconut oil will be good for the cat to consume.

I would go to a feed store, and buy some Nemex 2 wormer for dogs. This is great for cats, as well. You will find praziquantel at Walmart.

It comes in pills. With cats, you have to use two different wormers. The praziquantel works on tapeworms, which the nemex 2 doesn't. The tapeworms come from the fleas the cat swallows.

While you are at the feed store, pick up some food-grade diatomaceous earth. It is great to sprinkle over the cats food or rub into his fur. Here is the link for food-grade (consumable) diatomaceous earth:

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www.tractorsupply.com/.../diatomaceous-earth-food-grade-diatomaceous...

Hope your pet gets to feeling better.

Blessings,

---Robyn

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April 30, 20190 found this helpful

Have you asked the vet? Cats with skin issues usually need vet intervention. Sending up healing wishes. Post back what the vet says.

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May 1, 20190 found this helpful

You could treat for many different possibilities but a trip to the Vet will save you a lot of work because you will know what you are treating. And it will probably work too. Not to mention you will save some money.

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May 8, 20190 found this helpful

I have read that sometimes pets get into a "cycle" of licking and scratching and it takes something different to break that cycle so healing can begin.

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Perhaps you could talk to your vet about using some sort of OTC meds for helping to stop itching (such as Benadryl) - (as itching may be a big part of the problem).
Sometimes your cat may just need something to help them relax and they also have meds for this. Rescue Remedy is one of those meds but it would be best to talk to someone at Pet Smart about the different types as they also usually have a vet technician on duty to answer questions.

Hope you can find something to help your suffering baby - and you.

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