Back biting. Flea meds have been applied. What could be the cause of this affliction?

My cat, Harry, is over 5 years old. He keeps biting a patch of his lower back and has chewed all of the hair off. He has had his flea treatments and I don't know what's going on. I've tried putting neosporin and cortaid or two, but then he starts biting again in the same ara

Asked by Member 1053581 on Sep 7th 2011 Tagged iamsdriedcatfoodfriskiescannedfoodchickentuna in Allergies
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Joey (In Memory)

If you have taken him to the vet and they have ruled out anything medical – it could be anxiety. Some cats will take to excessive licking when they are anxious – it’s like self mutilation. There are medications that your vet can try to keep your kitty calm. If you are against drugging your kitty as I was – you can try some behavior modification techniques instead. First try and see if you can find a pattern to the behavior – is it happening at certain times, does something set him off? Then try distractions, grooming, play, etc. It takes time and patience. Start with the vet and make sure there is no pathology i.e. fleas, fungal/bacterial/viral infection, dermatitis, etc. Then try some kitty therapy. Good luck.

Joey (In Memory) answered on 9/8/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Izadore (Izzie)

Firstly, do not apply any "people" meds to your cat's back. He will just lick them off and he could become very ill from ingesting these creams. This could be a nervous condition, as Joey said. Or, he could be allergic to the particular flea med you are using. Over-the counter ones can be toxic and you are better off getting them from the vet. You can tell if he has fleas if he's itching uncontrollably all over. Fleas do not confine themselves to one particular area on an animal such as the lower back. He could have pain inside and be trying to "chew it out". Your best bet, since this is so severe, is to take him to your vet for skin scraping tests and an exam to find out exactly what's going on.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 9/9/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer