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Author Topic: CONSTANTLY LICKING, SOME BITING OF SKIN  (Read 6661 times)
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« on: May 24, 2012, 07:53:17 AM »

Santi is constantly licking and biting his skin, has now caused 2 small open wounds on his formerly shaved area near the now-healed incisions..is there anything we can do beyond antibiotic cream and putting his collar back on (which we hate to do)? It could partially be boredom we realize, but we can't be there 24 hours a day...Any advice, PLEASE?Huh  If there are any threads you can direct me too, or if you need to move this to another thread i understand thanks!.  Edited:  He was treated for "flea allergy" 2 months ago, they found 2 skin bacterias, he had to take a harsh antibiotic we didn't think he'd recover from...then an herbal anti inflammotory for liver or kidneys (finished that one) and now some Iron Liquid, forget the name.  He does not seem agitated or like he needs to itch...
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2012, 08:51:06 AM »

Is it possible that the scars itch or are tight?  If that's the case, the cone is probably the only answer for now, unless the vet can come up with something cat-safe to put on the scar tissue (pure vitamin E oil, which is often recommended for human scars, is not safe for cats to lick).  Or you could try discontinuing the antibiotic cream to see what happens; those can cause irritation sometimes.
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2012, 09:37:27 AM »

Thanks for that info about the Vit E oil...it says safe to ingest for very perfumey and didn't know not for cats!  The whole area looks a bit dry...we do give him Aller-G Omega 3 oil every day too...we'll try the oil and see what happpens!
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2012, 11:05:36 AM »

I've had good results with the Vit E oil too, but you will need the cone on again. Have you tried a soft or inflatable one ?
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2012, 11:36:44 AM »

I've always wanted to try those other cones, are they under $15? lol  We don't put anything on the scars normally,nor has vet instructed us to...
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2012, 02:34:43 PM »

A product all our vets use for wound healing is Cothavet. Google it and see if it's something you could try with your vet's permission. None of my cats have had to use an e-collar when we use this stuff. Other than that, is he biting and licking anywhere other than the scar areas?
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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2012, 06:57:06 AM »

Thanks Bug, i will look for that!  His main hotspot is where the scars are, and i think it's cuz the hair is growing slowest there and it may itch...but he never looks frustrated when doing it, i don't think he's stressed out by it.  BUT i did remember i still had a bottle of Bitter Apple Spray (for dogs but i had sprayed our plants last year to deter chewing and it didn't help lol), so i tried that on the area and by God he smells it, turns away, tried to lick it once and shook his head and hasn't tried since, it may be a Godsend!
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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2012, 07:43:24 PM »

Oh, yah. Bitter apple will do that. Maybe that'll do it.
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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2012, 10:07:09 PM »

Yes, Bitter Apple does work well!  I don't know, though, whether there is a difference between the cat and dog versions.  If he doesn't lick it, I guess it doesn't matter, though.
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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2012, 04:47:40 AM »

We noticed yesterday he's got a bare spot on his back foot, so had to spray that spot too, not sure what's going on.  Gonna try some B complex, evening of primrose oil, and another suggestion, each one at a time and see what happens. We have noticed hair growing back on his scars/wound as it should've been.  We honestly just thought hair was growing back slower in that spot, but since using that spray we know it's HIM who's been impeding hair growth!   Angry
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« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2012, 06:38:57 AM »

Oftentimes, this is the result of an undiagnosed allergy. Other times, it's psychological. So hard to figure out, but it can be done.
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« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2012, 01:50:41 PM »

Sending hopes that Santi is soon feeling better.
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« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2012, 09:18:50 AM »

Wanted all of you wonderfully caring, helpful spirits that Santi is FINALLY doing great, knock on wood, cross my fingers Grin.  I'd say a combination of things, but mainly it's the following:

1)  2.5mg of Pred daily, chicken flavor (NOT THE TUNA FLAVOR, i think this upset his tummy for a long time, and i had no idea there were other flavors available til we got a 2nd opinion & vet who made me aware of the choices), may try to phase him off that once we catch our breath from the 9 months of constant problems he's had.

2) Put him on something strongly recommended by my nonstop warrior cat lover friend, it's called Gastriplex, made by Thorne Research, available on Amazon with free shipping.  It's got Slippery Elm, Glucosomine and some probioticss and other stuff, and soothes the intestines...I wrap the capsule in a GRAIN FREE Pill Pocket (the Pea/Duck dog version b/c the cat ones were always out of stock at the store and seemed to be discontinued on Amazon), then once wrapped in the PP, i cut it in half, half in am then other half in pm...the capsule seemed too big for small Santi's mouth, i can't imagine forcing that sucker down his throat every day so halving it works really well, i don't let him chew the capsule, but make him swallow it.  W/in TWO DAYS of the Gastriplex, Santi was back to solid separate turds again, NO SOFT PILE!

3)   After a full week on Gastriplex, i was ready to try a new wet food for him.  My friend said another cat with similar problems did well on the Gastriplex and Turkey Wellness (grain free), so i went with the Turkey Wellness first.  SCORE!  A teasp the first day, no vomit.  Then next day more, then more...he seems to only want a 1/3 can each feeding before full...and stool now resembles Marco's, WHICH HASN'T HAPPENED SINCE WE GOT SANTI LAST OCT...At best, Santi's stool would be a rust color before, but now is brown like Marco's.  Santi did like the Core Chicken/Turkey, i had to use that the 3rd day just for a day or so b/c i only had one can of Turkey for the trial run. I think you girls were all right that he must have a Tapioca intolerance! (from the Soulistic)

4) I may eventually try to go raw to see if that can solve his skin problems, but will first just try a 1/4 Pred tab and try to phase him off that small dose and see if i can get him off it the Pred w/out having to try raw.  But for now, baby steps.  Thanks you guys for everything.  Will keep you posted!  I will paste this in all threads just in case! Grin
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