(Closed) Licking base of tail

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had a cat that did that once.  The vet gave her a cortisone shot and it seemed to help a bit.  I think he said it was likely stress induced (we’d just moved halfway across the world in much less-than-optimal conditions).  Good luck with the vet, and I hope your kitty is feeling better soon.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My numbe rone guess would be worms…a very common thing for cats.  Even if you deworm regularly, some animals require it more often than others; they seem to have higher incedences of reinfection or a higher tolerance to the meds so all forms of the worm are not killed.  Especially true if your cat mouses/birds a lot.

It could be allergy related, but likely you’d see signs of it elsewhere (behind ears, face, abdomen, rough or scaly hair coat, excessive shedding etc)

Put a cone on him if you can while waiting for your appointment (not fun). 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you mean near his butt, like as far back as he can reach, it may be worms or a flea infestation.

If not it may be linked to obsession/stress. Def get it checked out 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Did you get him in for an appointment?  Hope all is well!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It could be his anal glands if he is licking around his butt. Or it could be a flea allergy or dermatitis. The sore is probably now a ‘lick granuloma’. If possible, I would put a cone on him to get him to stop licking the area since he is only irritating it more.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@FutureMrsMeinhardt:  This exact same thing happened to my dog, and it sounds like a hot spot. Hot spots can be caused by fleas, stress, and food allergies.

He was licking and biting the base of his tail a lot, and he got huge sores of it and was completely bald! We tried a lot of natural remedies, but nothing worked until we took him to the vet. The vet gave him a steroid shot and then four days worth of antibiotics.

Now, he has fleas and they hang out at the base of his tail. For some reason that is the place where you are most likely to find fleas. He has been biting at them, and now has MORE hot spots. EEK!

I would say just to take him to the vet, because with my experience nothing helped until we got the exact medicine we needed from the vet.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MissDareDevil:  Get some topical flea meds for your dog! That will stop the flea allergies from developing!

I recommend: Advantage, Frontline, or Comfortis!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think Merlin is her Cat?!  Not sure if they get anal gland issues like dogs do…

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