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please people!!! i REALLY need help!!!!!

post #1 of 14
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OK HERE IS MY PROBLEM: MY CAT BITES HIMSELF ON HIS BACK LEGS. AND PULLS HIS HAIR THERE TOO. WE PUT A CONE ON HIM. HIS BUTT WAS RED AND BLEEDING BEFORE THE CONE. (BUT NOT ALOT, IT WAS JUST REALLY RED) SOMETIMES HE CAN STILL REACH THERE THOUGH. SO THE CONE DOESNT HELP ALOT. AND WE REALLY CANT AFFORD TO TAKE HIM BACK TO THE VETS. WE REALLY LOVE HIM, AND WE WANT HIM TO STOP BITING AND GET BETTER!!! WHAT SHOULD WE DO???

TABBY<33
post #2 of 14
My sister's cat was given tranquilizers because she would pull the hair off of her tail. Pet stores sell a calming spray that I think is called Feliway. It's too bad you can't take your cat to a vet because I would think there is something a vet could do to help you. Good luck.
post #3 of 14
Have you talked to your vet about a payment plan? Maybe they can work something out.

It really sounds like your cat has some type of allergy. Have you noticed any fleas?

I hope you can find a way to get your kitty to a vet.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
he is allergic to flea bites, but he doesnt have any fleas. and i havent ever heard of payment plans.
post #5 of 14
You have to take him to the vet - it could be a number of things - fleas, allergic reaction to food/medicine/flea products.

You can't medicate him at home and it won't just go away.
post #6 of 14
It could be an allergy, or he could have infected or impacted anal glands. I would suggest finding a low-cost vet clinic so they can check his anal glands. If it's an allergy, you'll need to switch him to a different food (probably one that doesn't have corn in it, as lots of cats are allergic to corn) for several weeks to see if that helps.
post #7 of 14
I'd get California Natural or Nature's Logic food and use an elimination diet (no corn, wheat or byproducts) and see if there is an allergy.

There are also special cat sprays and baths that eliminate 'hot spots' and itching due to allergies. Be VERY CAREFUL not to get anything with tea tree oil in it!

You are going to have to take him to a vet to check to see if it's something like the impacted anal glands...but the symptoms do sound more like an allergy than that. Good luck.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by rafan1994 View Post
he is allergic to flea bites, but he doesnt have any fleas. and i havent ever heard of payment plans.

Most vets don't advertise that they will work with you on a payment plan but until you ask you'll never know. It really could be something simple that just an office visit can diagnose.
post #9 of 14
Oh dear..Your cat may have allergies or an obsessive compulsive problem or some kind of pain in the area. The vet needs to have a thorough look. I know they're expensive...but there may not be any other way...maybe you can put vet bills on a low interest credit card?? If there's nothing wrong...except a behaviorial problem the cat may need Prozac or some other medication. He can also get a secondary infection from the biting so this HAS to be nipped in the bud before things get worse. BTW I have a cat who for years has chased and bit her tail...and its all in her head. She mistakes her tail for another critter ...when she lays down we try to keep her tail covered up so she won't see it....out of sight out of mind.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
yea, but see we have already taken him 2 the vet alot of times
post #11 of 14
TRY a NEW vet /.///

It sounds like an allergy to me

I agree with a few others try a food without corn , wheat , soy , fish
and possibley chicken/// WHat is the cat eating ??? If it is a grocery store food , it could be a lack of fatty acids ...
post #12 of 14
Is it on the insides of his back legs? One of my cats did that who had a plastic allergy. We changed her food dish to ceramic and it has gone away.
post #13 of 14
If this problem has no medical origin,then your cat is really under a tremendous amount of stress. Cats have been known for plucking or licking the hair right out of their body, when facing stress they have no other way to deal with, causing them to go bald and even injuring themselves when they persist. Find what your cat is neurotic about, and fix it. Also, think back of when this behaviour started, and see if you can find the origin of it there. Something changed, if this is behavioral, that in the mind of the cat just intolerable.
post #14 of 14
There's a book... what is it? "All My Patients are Under the Bed" or something like that, about a cat psychologist. There's a story of one cat who was licking himself bald because the owners had just installed a privacy fence in their yard. Turns out it blocked his view of the birdbath next door. They put in their own birdbath and the cat got better.

So, just reiterating the post above.
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