(Closed) Cat licking off fur? (pics – slightly grim)

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My thoughts would be that maybe the fur around it is poking it and causing him irritation or maybe he’s just obsessing over keeping it clean? I’ve heard of cats with anxiety or OCD licking themselves bald in places but not when there’s already a wound….

ETA: He’s very cute!

Post # 5
6359 posts
Bee Keeper

Better take the cat to the vet, just to be sure it’s not infected.

Post # 6
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m a cat freak!


yeah…I think getting expert vet advice would be best than getting advice from a generic web forum.


*a few months ago, my boys were rough housing and the little one got a small battle wound.  My vet gave me the OK to just use Neosporin on it until it healed.  



i re-read your original post.  Yeah…the wound could heal on its own, but it’s best to call a vet.  Better safe than sorry, I say.  If he won’t quit messing with it he may have to wear the cone of shame.  Lets hope not….

Post # 7
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yeah, it’s probably itching. I’m sure the vet will give you something, but you could also get him a cone if you are worried about it.

eta- Neosporin is a good idea

Post # 8
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Nellop:  Neosporin and a gauze bandage with medical tape around it.



no im not kidding.  yes i know its for humans but it works the same for cats.  you need to make sure the wound has something on it to clear bacteria (the neosporin) and cover it so he isnt tempted to lick. 


good luck.

Post # 10
3136 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

@Nellop:  1. My dog is named Loki 🙂 Best name ever. 

He recently had a cut & got an antibiotic spray & had to wear the cone for about 5 days until it healed up. He’ll be fine. 

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