All of my pets are on flea prevention, but we live in a kennel, so fleas are still an issue. One of the cats, Henry, is particularly sensitive to fleas and is overgrooming his hair away. If any of my other pets had this problem, we would simply go to the vet. However, Henry was an injured feral adult when I pulled him off the street five years ago. I am the only human he allows to pet him, and he doesn't even trust me. Luckily, he adores my other cat. Vet visits are really traumatic for Henry; he still hasn't recovered from his annual check-up in the beginning of June. So, I'd like to avoid a trip to the vet if possible. Does anyone have any at-home suggestions for dealing with his overgrooming?
can you get close enough to put some advantage topical stuff on him? are you sure it is because of the fleas he is overgrooming himself. sometimes cats overgroom them selves due to anxiety or obsessive compulsive problems.
He's already on Revolution, and it helps but doesn't entirely eliminate the problem. He's always been a neurotic groomer, but I've noticed a connection between the flea outbreak and the grooming to the point of hair loss. What do you do if anxiety is the cause, especially when any kind of medical treatment sends his anxiety through the roof?
anti anxiety pills like buspar or amitryptoline (sp?) you can put in his food daily. fleas are such pain in the buts to get rid of sometimes cause they can live other places in your home besides the pet. maybe you could also try giving him program monthly in his food. it is supposed to sterilize the fleas so when they lay eggs they won't hatch. it is more for environment control then for killing the fleas. so maybe the combination of the 2 will get rid of them.
are you sure it is b/c of fleas? sometimes cats can have neuroses- no joke. my mom has a cat who has groomed himself bald in the, um, lower stomach to genital region (just like a man to lick himself all day...) :) and he wont clean himself anywhere else. but they asked the vet, and the vet told them that cats can have a sort of ocd like people and this is how it manifests. so it could be a nervous habit because of his history. my moms cat was also a stray and they know nothing about him, not even a rough age.
My cat did the same thing, and it turned out to be a food allergy. She took antibiotcs and has to be on special food. Unfortunately, I really think you should consult your vet. I know its traumatic for your cat, but so is licking himself bald.
Coudlnt it be an allergy, or some kind of skin rash that is bothering him? If so, you're probably either going to find out what could be causing the irritation yourself.. or you're going to have to go to vet :-/ for some topical cream or something