We are having a problem with our 3 year old cat Tiger and am wondering if anybody has had a similar issue and possibly is willing to share the experience with us.. The symptoms of Tiger’s “problem” are that he is licking obsessively. It began about a year ago when he started licking himself all over his body, sometimes so bad that he got rid of all his fur and down to the raw skin. Back then we took him to the vet to have him checked out. He looked at him and concluded it is an allergic reaction. Just what we had thought too. So his cure was to give him some shot and that should take care of it. It did, for an entire day. Then he started licking himself again. We waited a little, then back to the vet, same thing, another shot, it is apparently some food allergy or it also could be an allergic reaction to something in his environment. Again, the shot helped for a few days. A second opinion from another vet basically confirmed what we were told by ours.
Well, I don’t like to keep going medication route for two reasons: I don’t like the idea that our pet is getting pumped up with medication without really knowing what the problem is and if the medication is correct, as it is sort of obvious to me that this is not the case. Second, this is also becomes a budgetary burden without any end in sight.
Being in the healthy pet food business, having to figure out for most of our customers what they should feed to their allergic pets and doing that quite successfully, I started experimenting with various foods. Exactly the way as it is supposed to be done, take everything else away from him, feed him a novel protein source, etc.. Well, so far I haven’t found the right food. We tried nutritional supplements, like for example fish oils, etc. all without any success.
Another important part of the mystery is the reason why I don’t think it is an allergy. It has to be something else, which is why I call it OLD or Obsessive Licking Disorder. I observed that he is just licking like crazy, and I mean everything. Not just himself, everything he gets a hold off: I take him on my lap or we take our nap together, he will start licking my arm and if I wouldn’t stop him, he’d lick it down through the skin to the raw meat. I constantly catch him obsessively licking stuff. This may be his empty food bowl (which actually would be understandable to me, maybe he’s hungry?), I saw him licking the hood and roof of my car, the pillows of the lawn furniture, the pavement of the drive way, the wooden shelves in our cattery, you name it, anything.
Does anybody have a similar experience and maybe some good advise for us on this?