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Scabs on tail

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Ali82, Apr 20, 2011.


  1. Ali82

    Ali82 PetForums Senior

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    Hi,

    I've posted previously about a rescue cat I've had for 5-6 weeks now. For the past month or so she has been constantly attacking and biting her own tail, licking herself and twitching. She's been to the vets 3 times and the vet is convinced that it's stress related (I got a bit of a telling off last time I took her in because I was told it will stress her and set her back again:eek:), personally I think it could also be allergies. She is on Zylkene and has a Feliway plug in etc but at the moment it doesn't seem to be making any difference.

    In the last couple of days I've noticed she's started to get 2 or 3 small scabs on the end of her tail where she is biting it (there's no noticable fur loss). These have only appeared recently so I think they have been caused by the biting rather than being whats causing it although they are no doubt aggrevating it now and making things worse (she has been licking them a lot).

    What is the best way to treat these to stop them becoming infected? Also she will most probably lick it off if I put something on it so it would need to be ingestible (I was thinking just salt water for a start?). Is there anything I can buy to put on them, or should I give the vets a ring this evening? Unfortunately if you touch her tail it sets her off but I don't want them to become infected.

    Also does anybody know if it's okay to use Bach's Pet Rescue Remedy with the Zylkene? I bought some assuming as both are natural it would be okay to use the two together but then I wasn't sure so haven't tried it yet.

    Sorry to be always asking questions lol
     
  2. Ianthi

    Ianthi PetForums VIP

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    Have you totally eliminated fleas as a cause? Do you mean the scabs are at the tip of her tail and not the base? What are you feeding her?

    A lot of questions I know but trying to get a clearer picture!
     
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  3. Tobacat

    Tobacat PetForums Senior

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    If the scabs are at the base of the tail, I would ask the same thing as Ianthi, ie are you sure it's not a flea allergy? My girl had a flea allergy until my vet recommended Stronghold, and it caused scabs at the base of her tail, inside back legs and tummy, so keep an eye on other parts.
     
  4. Ali82

    Ali82 PetForums Senior

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    Hi,

    It's the tip of the tail she's biting, about the last 2 inches. I'm fairly sure it isn't fleas as she was treated with Stronghhold 2 days before she started the biting, itching and twitching (one vet suggested it could be a bad reaction to the Stronghold). Also she actually acts as if she's scared of her tail, she's constantly running away from it and can't settle then she starts trying to catch it with her paws and mouth. Occasionally she will sit on her tail and when she does and can't see it she settles down but doesn't look happy at all (sits hunched up and looks stressed or in pain). If she sits on our Knee or at night wen she gets on the bed we cover her tail and she looks stressed to start with but after half an hour or so she will stretch out, relax and settle down. She has a hiding place under the bed which she sometimes goes to and doesn't bite herself when there. :confused:

    Food wise it's a bit of a long story:rolleyes:, she was only at the rescue centre 3 days and they were feeding her RC Siamese, for the first week I fed her the same (she also had bad diarhea to start with). I then started to introduce wet and cut out the Dry. She was eating Sheba to start with then after reading up on here I started to introduce better quality foods (most of which she wouldn't eat lol). When I realised the behaviour had started soon after switching foods I moved her back to the RC Siamese. Her diarrhea came back almost instantly and after a couple of days of chronic diarrhea I stopped feeding her the RC (I'm convinced there's something in it that doesn't agree with her). I've switched her back to mainly wet and her poos solidified again. She's very picky with wet food but at the moment she's eating Grau and Bozita (only likes 2 flavours of Grau and 1 Bozita), she also gets a small amount of Orijen dry left during the day. To ensure she eats it I mix her Zylkene with a tablespoon of Tuna / Sheba / M&S Mackerel and Tuna food.

    Other than the behaviour she eats well and has loads of energy and plays for hours with wand toys (distraction tactics).

    She is a Siamese so perhaps susceptible to being a bit nuts. She is a very nervous cat and the vet is convinced it's stress and we need to give her time but she has suggested if it continues she will refer us to a behavioural specialist. Obviously I will go along with that but I'm still really worried there could possibly be something physically wrong that has been overlooked.
     
    #4 Ali82, Apr 21, 2011
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