I have a cat that has a nastly scratch on the side of her tail near her rear end. She has licked all the hair off the tail part. I have stuff to put on it, but I can't get her to stop licking it off. I tried the elizabethan collar and she can still get around it. How do I get her to stop licking the sore so that it can heal? Any suggesttions?
I think a full blood workup is in order to rule out thyroid problem, allergies, flea problem ,tape worm,.etc. If your vet isn't open to different ideas ,go to another vet. I went to a number of vets for my 15 year old cat and all of them said she would die from renal failure in a year. i didn't like that answer so I found a cat specialist who gave me advice and showed me how to take care of her myself. She lived to 23 years !Do research, Best of luck ;
I am currently facing similar problems with my APBT. There's not much that you can do to prevent the licking, as it's instinct to lick the wound. You can dip the tail in a mix of domeboro's solution and betadine twice a day for like 2 minutes and use bactine spray constantly. That's what my vet told me. You want to keep on the cat because it can cause problems if the wound doesn't heal. I've had two vets look at my pup's tail and both said we may have to have it docked if it doesn't heal soon.
Hi LG, One thing that might work is putting your cat in kitty Depends until it heals. They are like disposable diapers with a hole cut through for the tail. The cat will of course not like wearing diapers, but the material will (hopefully) cover the area where the sore is. They come in various sizes and you can get them at pet supply store.
If the sore is on an area of the tail that is still exposed, ask your vet about covering the wound rather than exposing it to air. Or putting dressing on for X hours a day and then taking it off for a bit... That may end up being the fastest route to healing!
Good luck! MM
Thank you all for your answers. I know for a fact that it isn't sometihng other than a scratch wound and will not put her through all those expensives tests when I know differntly.
She nust needs it to be covered so that she stops licking it--if only for a few hours a day. She is better at leaving it alone since I brought in one of my crates I use for cats to have baibesin. It is a regular large dog crate with a self in it that is removable. She now sleeps longer in there at night becasue there is no one to bother her. See she is a very scaredy cat. She got out and was spening her day s and nights under our crawlspace which on the one end I can almost stand up in., I set this up for them for the winter with a light that is contantly on to keep water and food from freezing-only this year we have a family of possums and 7 other cats and some raccoons that will go under there too. She would make a nest on top of the insullation there and I coulnd't get to her. I really think she got cut by a nail or sharp piece of wood up there. She slept between the floor and insullation. I just got her three days ago and did put her in a smaller crate and found that she was very calm in there. She has a problem with using a litter box too---so I brought in the bigger crate and set it up with her own bedding on the sehlf and her own litter box, food and water---she loves it and I covered it with a dark clothe so she has privacy. Since then I haven't seen her lick her wound so much.
Oh and I do let her out during the day. I think this might be the right thing to do. It will keep her felling safe and teach er to use the litter box again. She also lkes the attention that I give her throughout the day, which she wasn't getting under the house becasue of the other animals and her being in a spot that I simply couldn't get to.
I just wanted to give you a quick reply about your cats wound. The best thing for a wound is to keep it dry and clean and it will heal naturally. But that is difficult with animals. On trick I have learned is by using spray on bandages that you can get from any drugstore. Once it is dry which takes less than a minute, it will do no harm to your cat. Even if your cats licks at it is still is waterproof to a point. With all the other stuff you are doing you should only have to spray it a couple times a day, may not even that. I use it on my dogs all the time. The brand i use it Nexcare. I think there is a brand put out by band-aid brand but do not use it because it stings way to much so you may get it on once but never again and it hurts. I don't even like using it myself. This will only work if it is not infected, no pus or signs of redness. If it looks a bit infected first hold her on you lap and dry putting a warm compress on her that you have soaked with Epsom salts and then put on the spray bandage. In a couple days you should have most of the infection cleared up, if not repeat until it is. Once the infection is gone just use the spray bandage until it starts to scab over and no longer appears to be bothering your cat.
Good Luck, mjmbug
Interesting But not sure why did mjmbug leave such long empty space in the message
Just stupidity. I'm a fairly new to hub and have only posted a couple replies and forgot how to do it properly. Thanks for letting me know. I wont be doing that again. mjmbug
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