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Cat licking tummy till it bleeds

March 17th, 2002, 11:28 PM
Our "domestic shorthair" siamese licks her tummy until it bleeds. She never gives it a chance to heal. We tried her with an elizabethean collar for a while, but she figured out how to use the edge of the collar to scratch at her tummy. She does not appear to be in any discomfort and our other cat doesn't seem bothered by this behaviour. Everything else about her seems normal. Regular food and water consumption, regular toilet use
(as far as I can tell). She had irritable bowels when she was younger, and we had to put her on a duck and rice cat food (no chicken or corn allowed - try finding a cat food without those!). She's been on Elavil to calm her down, but it basically puts her to sleep until it wears off. This is not the first time she's done this. The first time though, we put the collar on her and when it healed, we took it off and she went several months before she returned to the licking behaviour. The licking behaviour has recently spread to her hind legs.

What can we do for her?

March 18th, 2002, 09:04 AM

There are products available in pet stores that have a lousy taste to cats.

Maybe buy that product and put it (rub, or spray) where your cat is licking.

But you should ALSO find out what is causing this behaviour.

Is your house too dry? Might the cat have some fleas or a tic?


March 18th, 2002, 11:21 AM
Our house is dry, but the cats get fresh water twice a day. Our cats are indoor cats. Our area is free of ticks, and there's no evidence of fleas.