Welcome to PetForums

Join thousands of other pet owners and pet lovers on the UK's most popular and friendly pet community and discussion forum.

Sign Up

Cat biting his legs till bald

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Pwr2035, Mar 27, 2021.


  1. Pwr2035

    Pwr2035 PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2021
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    2
    Hi all, I come here out of worry. I’ve searched the forum but not found what we are experiencing.

    Our cat has begun to bite all of his legs until he has bald patches on his fur on all of them. His 7 this year and been happy but seems stressed now.

    Has anyone experienced this? Is it stress or is he poorly?

    Thanks for any help in advance
     
  2. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2013
    Messages:
    26,262
    Likes Received:
    41,614
    Needs to be seen by a vet imo

    Could be anything ... flea allergy, mites, to name just two possible causes .... both will need treatment without delay.
     
    Pwr2035 and lorilu like this.
  3. lorilu

    lorilu PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2009
    Messages:
    13,505
    Likes Received:
    16,159
    First make an appointment with your vet. Take some video of him doing it.

    Look up FHS, Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome, and see if his behavior sounds like this. Look at his diet, perhaps he's developed an allergy to something in the diet. As mentioned, fleas, mites or some skin condition could be the problem.
     
    Pwr2035 likes this.
  4. Douglas’ Dad

    Douglas’ Dad PetForums Senior

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2020
    Messages:
    730
    Likes Received:
    641
    Is he an indoor cat? Has he been in contact with any other animals recently? Do you think the stress is causing the biting? Or the biting causing the stress?
     
  5. Pwr2035

    Pwr2035 PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2021
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    2

    Thanks for both your quick responses. Seems well within himself but on edge, so guess I was thinking stress. He is an indoors cat so shouldn’t be exposed to outdoor elements. will book an appointment ASAP

    thanks again
     
    lorilu and Lurcherlad like this.
  6. Pwr2035

    Pwr2035 PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2021
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    2
    indoors, his much more on edge now we have stopped being in lockdown.
     
  7. Douglas’ Dad

    Douglas’ Dad PetForums Senior

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2020
    Messages:
    730
    Likes Received:
    641
    If indoors unlikely to be fleas. It could be stress. It’s a massive problem for indoor cats since the lockdown began and all the specialist feline centres have noticed it. Are you giving him Zyklene or anything like that just to calm his nerves?
     
    Pwr2035 likes this.
  8. Pwr2035

    Pwr2035 PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2021
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    2
    no! Keep all the anti anxiety pills for myself!

    thanks for the response, appreciate it
     
  9. Pwr2035

    Pwr2035 PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2021
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    2
    He became so much more affectionate when we were all here all the time. Now my daughters back at school and we are in and out, he has changed his temperament 100%
     
  10. Douglas’ Dad

    Douglas’ Dad PetForums Senior

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2020
    Messages:
    730
    Likes Received:
    641
    Yes of course. He sounds like he is struggling. I would try Zyklene or some form or calming supplement. There are plenty of available. Tryptophan is very good. These are all natural supplements and aren’t “pills” as such. The biting seems to me to be displacement behaviour. Read “Let’s talk about cats” available on Amazon. Very useful for understanding this.
     
    Pwr2035 likes this.
  11. Pwr2035

    Pwr2035 PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2021
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    2
    Cheers for this
     
  12. Babyshoes

    Babyshoes PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2016
    Messages:
    1,088
    Likes Received:
    1,773
    From the discussion above, it seems likely to be stress - but I'd still get him checked over by your vet, just in case.

    Zylkene is pretty good, as is yucalm - you just need to try different things until something seems to help, as different cats react differently to them. They can take a while to start working so give them 2-3 weeks minium.
    You can get calming treats with valerian in them which might help in the short term. They work within a couple of hours, if they're going to work at all for your cat. Not a long term solution, but a couple before you head to work for a few weeks might help him settle a bit better.
     
    Pwr2035 likes this.
  13. Douglas’ Dad

    Douglas’ Dad PetForums Senior

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2020
    Messages:
    730
    Likes Received:
    641
    If it gets very bad (the stress I mean) there’s gabapentin but that’s a prescription drug from the vet. It does calm cats down within 90 mins tho. You don’t want to the stress to get out of control. It can lead to FIC which can lead to a blocked cat, life threatening and very expensive to treat for a male cat. Indoor cats who are stressed are at high risk of FIC.
     
    Pwr2035 likes this.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice