Ask-a-Vet: Question and Answer
Age: 2.0 years
Weight: 5.0 pounds
6/7/2012 4:20:47 PM
My cat likes to groom herself (as most do) unfortunately her saliva dyes her white parts brown and stains her fur (and my blankets :) I thought it was a food allergy and have had her on grain free for 6 weeks with no results. Sometimes when i switch up the food it abates a bit (her licking, she also drools when relaxed) but in seems to come back in a cycle (gets worse than better) Any suggestions? I bathe her once a week. I thought at first it was "hot spots" as she tends to worry under her front arms, and cheeks (sometimes tail) and shaved her down, she loved the attention, but still will dye her fur when she grooms.
I’ve also changed litter in the hopes it was that from regular to wheat, to no avail.
I am a practicing veterinarian and am a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practioners since 1985 in canine and feline speciality. I am the hospital director of Bramer Animal Hospital Ltd, which has been AAHA certified since 1939.