HELP! Cat has a serious scratching problem-- he scratches his own FACE until it bleeds.
August 11, 2009 4:53 PM Subscribe
Cat has been wearing a cone on and off for about a year while we've taken him to a series of vets and specialists who -- after plenty of wasted time and dollars as most of these people just shrugged and said they couldn't figure it out -- eventually concluded that Cat suffered from allergies, as well as acne on his chin.
posted by eric1200 to Pets & Animals (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
At last, we have gotten both problems under control. The acne has cleared up, and Cat gets an injection once a week that has miraculously cleared up all the allergy symptoms (itchy rashes, etc). On top of this, our other cat is his brother, and he has never shown a single one of these symptoms, EVER.
However, if we take the cone off, without fail, Cat will scratch himself until he's bleeding again. Last time he got the cone off, he ripped a jagged slash along his throat! And that's since he's been "better."
With the cone, everything has been allowed to heal, and he looks like a million bucks. (When he's not well, even with the cone protecting him, you can see the symptoms all over his face: blackheads, rashes, excessive eye mucus, etc.) He looks happy and healthy now but we're terrified to take off the cone.
Cat cannot like this anymore. We are at our wits end and every vet we see fails to offer any new information at this point. We were even considering having his rear paws declawed so at least he wouldn't be able to damage himself anymore. Other than that, we can't think of a way for him to lead a normal cone-free life.
(Both cats are on flea control, both are strictly indoor cats and have been since birth.)
Can anyone help us? Thank you so much in advance.