My declawed 7-year-old male (neutered) cat is rubbing the fur off an area between his shoulder blades.

Shamus is strictly an indoor cat. I haven't been to a vet about this yet. Shamus is diabetic and on insulin, but the area where he has scratched (well, rubbed--he's decawed) his fur off is not the site of any injections; it's right between his shoulder blades.
This started shortly after a 5-day boarding through our vet. He has all his shots. The spot where his fur is rubbed off seem to not be infected or anything--just bald. Any ideas as to what might be causing this

Asked by Member 973168 on May 31st 2014 in Skin Problems
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One thing that may be causing the scratching habit, can be stress. Was he boared due to a move? Has there been any changes at home? Any new foods? It could be a number of things. I do know stress in cats can cause a number of issues. Hope you can figure it out soon. Are there other pets in the house?

Loki answered on 5/31/14. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Orion Hemingway

Cats are very space oriented, so when boarded they are usually left in a cage for most of the day with little to do, except freak out. While the cat is safe, it does leave an opportunity for the little guy to be destructive. If he is still itching there, buy topical anti-itch cream or gel such as Dermasol just for pets, and keep an eye on the area. If he does manage to scratch the area open, clean the wound and keep a closer eye on it. Call your vet if you see any signs of infection (or if it smells bad in that spot- another sign something's off). ^_^

Orion Hemingway answered on 6/5/14. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer