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9 February 2019 - 9:55 pm
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so my cat Pablo has been pulling fur off his back leg more specifically on top of the foot area. Does anyone have any ideas as to why he would do this? Is he getting frustrated or upset? Any idea what I can do to get him to stop? Or what I can do to help him? Thank you in advance for any help/advice!

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I’m  sure our kitty experts will know what this is about.  

In the meantime,  just wondering  if his remaining  back leg is perhaps sore from adjusting to three legs?  Maybe even something psychological sensation causing him to gnaw on that remain leg? 

Will wait and see what the experts come up with.  As you said, maybe it boredom?

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I’m  sure our kitty experts will know what this is about.  

In the meantime,  just wondering  if his remaining  back leg is perhaps sore from adjusting to three legs?  Maybe even something psychological sensation causing him to gnaw on that remain leg? 

Will wait and see what the experts come up with.  As you said, maybe it boredom? 

  

I hope he’s not sore:/ I don’t think he should be though because he doesn’t walk much at all but that could always be it. Maybe I’ll see if it’s that’s hes bored and try giving him his toy hopefully that will perk him up:)

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natalia2019 said
I hope he’s not sore:/ I don’t think he should be…

There are many pain symptoms many people overlook, gnawing and pulling fur is one of them. Talk to your vet and review the various pain management posts and podcasts to learn pain symptoms and discover how to tell if pets are in pain…

Tripawd Cats Pain Management Tips and Tricks

Pain Signs in Cats and Dogs: Learn the Symptoms

Is Your Dog or Cat in Pain? Here’s How to Know the Signs.

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Ditto – Excessive grooming, licking, biting or scratching a body part is a pain indicator. 

Can you see any irritations other than the missing fur? Tender to touch? Did Pablo do that before on the bad paw?

Is he still on his pain meds? If not add it back in and see if it settles & call or text your vet & let them know. If there is anything to take a picture of and send that would be helpful since you are so far out.

Eating, drinking using the litter box ok? Any more seizures or any other issues?

I don’t think he should be though because he doesn’t walk much at all

Is Pablo not up on three I just assumed in the other posts he was?

Let us know, please!
Feel better Pablo!

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Ditto – Excessive grooming, licking, biting or scratching a body part is a pain indicator. 

Can you see any irritations other than the missing fur? Tender to touch? Did Pablo do that before on the bad paw?

Is he still on his pain meds? If not add it back in and see if it settles & call or text your vet & let them know. If there is anything to take a picture of and send that would be helpful since you are so far out.

Eating, drinking using the litter box ok? Any more seizures or any other issues?

I don’t think he should be though because he doesn’t walk much at all

Is Pablo not up on three I just assumed in the other posts he was?

Let us know, please!

Feel better Pablo!

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Hello! No it just looks a bit red from where the hair came out. He used to pull hair on his chest if he was really itchy..? Could that be it? No he’s never pulled hair anywhere but his chest..

yes he’s still on medicam 5ml once in the morning 2 days on 2 days off.

hes still eating,drinking,and using the litter (with help).

im not sure if I’d exactly call it on all 3 haha.. he’s been trying but only makes it about 4-6ft max right now:/. I’m not sure really what I can do.. I was also just talking to Jackie because Pablo’s scab is coming off but I can’t tell if the end is trying to reopen or if it’s just from draining?

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 I would watch the area very close and don’t let him go after it. 
Can you send your vet pictures of the incision? You can post here or on Ask a Vet forum.

Does Pablo have a cone on? Has he been able to get to the incision at all?
Is that his med dose since he has been home? 

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Purrkins said
 I would watch the area very close and don’t let him go after it. 

Can you send your vet pictures of the incision? You can post here or on Ask a Vet forum.

Does Pablo have a cone on? Has he been able to get to the incision at all?

Is that his med dose since he has been home? 

  

Yes we’ve been watching it it only started to look like that this am.

yes I’ll try to get my dad to send a picture when he gets back he just ran to the store:)

no Pablo doesn’t get coned but there’s always someone awake with him and he just lays becide us and sleeps or lays with us and eats. The incision doesn’t smell or anything (jackie had told me to check but I also sent her a picture and she said it looked fine). No Pablo hasn’t been able to get to his incision because someone’s always with him and his back end usually has a blanket on it or he’s wrapped like a baby (I’ve done it to him since he was a kitten haha and he passes right out and doesn’t wake up till he’s unwrapped).

yes that’s been his dose since he came home and yesterday he finished his antibiotics from before surgery.

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The incision looks really good, similar to Huck’s in the places he was bothered by. No drainage, no odor. Can’t see through the skin layers.

I am a little curious about over grooming but that doesnt seem to be the case. The other rear paw is a bit irritated, but it’s not in a place general to flea bites. 

Recommend showing pictures of paw to vet. ?stress? Possibly pain, but just started so unsure. 

He’s been pretty chilled, I’m a little worried about the paw that he’s pulling fur out of. Doesn’t seem to be bothering it now. Just unusual.

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I am a little curious about over grooming but that doesnt seem to be the case. The other rear paw is a bit irritated, but it’s not in a place general to flea bites. 

Recommend showing pictures of paw to vet. ?stress? Possibly pain, but just started so unsure. 

He’s been pretty chilled, I’m a little worried about the paw that he’s pulling fur out of. Doesn’t seem to be bothering it now. Just unusual.

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Yes it has some red marks where the fur cam out:/ I’ve put some of his aloe cream on it so hopefully it will soothe it if it is itchy..

he’s only licked it once today but if I catch him trying to do it again I’m going to ask the vet because that is odd for Pablo.. yes he’s been calm hasn’t been acting different, still eating, drinking, ipusing the litter. I wonder if it could be a pain symptom though..?

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Def something to think about. Cats can be so odd that way, ugh. He has seemed pretty content, but def something to keep in the back of your head. 🤯🤯❤️

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From what you say, it sounds as though this has started the day after finishing the antibiotics. I would suggest you call the vet and email them a pic, as he may need some more. 

Hope he’s feeling more comfortable soon,

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