|Purred: Sun Mar 26, '06 8:44am PST |
|When my forever adopted me, the base of my tail, back legs and tummy were bare because I had licked off the fur, due to flea bite sensitivity.
I was an indoor cat from that point on, but would still scratch and lick off my fur during certain times of the year, even though I was no longer exposed to fleas. A vet told my mom that a sensitivity to dust, pollen, mold, etc. could have been the reason.
My mom's "gut feeling" said it was a combination of allergens that I was exposed to in our home and a behavioural problem, possibly to do boredom from being an indoor cat.
Anyhow... after a year or two of mom clapping loudly at me or spraying water towards me every time I scratched and licked, the urge to do it went away.
So, my advice would be for your mom to spray a mist of water in your direction every time she sees you licking (sorry!) to see if that solves the problem. It's worth a try and beats going to the vet for tests and being given medications... bleh!
I don't know if this will help you any, but I thought I'd share my story.
Oh, by the way, cortisone shots help in cases like this. I used to get them and they took away the urge to scratch and lick, but only for a little while. The vet told my mom that unlike dogs, cats are able to tolerate cortisone much better, but my mom noticed that over time the shots weren't making me feel very good for the first 24 hours after getting them. That's when she decided to come up with a "natural" solution to my problem and tried the clapping-spraying-water routine.
Edited by author Sun Mar 26, '06 8:48am PST
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