I have a cat that has the same problem. He was trapped as a feral to be integrated into my feral colony. There was something in his eyes that told me he just needed love & I was right! It was obvious he had been in a lot of fights & had led an unhappy life. He's now leading a charmed life, which he so richly deserves!
Anyhow, he has OCD. I only pet him around his face & belly. If I pet his back in the slightest, it will trigger him to lick. I use aromatherapy to keep him calm (you can also use a tincture in her water). Redirection also helps, using a favorite toy & then rewarding with a treat. The main thing is to get her focus off licking & be diligent in order to modify her behavior. Hope this helps! Keep me posted.
My Yeollow Tabby is doing the same thing. NO spots though.
I have a kitty doing the same thing. We have moved from Phoenix to Norhtern Nevada, and he is still doing it. Tried un scented clay litter and that wasn't it, either. Tried switching to a grain-free food and it got worse. I understand grain and chicken a the main things cats develops an allergy to, so my next step is to try NO CHICKEN. Ugh. Good luck to all of us!!
My cat is doing the same now.. She started about month and half ago, maybe two. Hair on belly is gone, now she is working on outer hind leg. It almost seems she is hellbent to do it, even after I stop her. She also would only allow you to pet her head and never lay on me or by me. However, about a moNth ago, She started to occasionally lay by me. Two weeks ago, She started to lay by my side on couch constantly. My other two are fine, and I haven't changed anything from my normal routine around the house. ??
Hi Guys ,
I am just chiming in to let you know my cat has food allergies. I was told to put her on Natural Balance Duck or Venison soft food as well as their hard food for treats.
You cannot allow your cat to have anything other than these 2 things--no treats, table scrapes, tuna juice etc.
This will take at least a month to 3 months before you know if it is an allergy. You need to give it time. My cat has now developed IBD and Pancreatitis so she is on the Prescription Hills Diet Z/D. Yuck! The wet food is like pudding, but she eats it and really likes the dry food.
I gave her some antihistamines (Zyrtec) 1/4 tab to cut down on the itching. You should not try any antihistamine until you speak to your vet for advice as to which one might work for your specific cat.
It is not easy watching these little guys scrath themselves raw--so try one of those satellite dish collars--they have soft ones now, just until the meds kick in.
I agree with ZQ in not giving steroids , that is a road you do not want to start if you can help it. Just not good for their bodies.
Good Luck and keep us posted
My 11 yr old male cat is acting the exact same way. I have tried all kinds of remedies and so far, nothing is working. He is almost clingy the last few days :(