Hi! My beloved cat Taco has had a severe over grooming, itchy skin problem for over 9 months now. I thought 6 months but now I realize it has been closer to 9 months. He had licked all the fur off his back hind legs and all over his stomach. He started growling at his stomach and areas all over his body. He mainly attacks always one area of his stomach, his lower stomach. Here he becomes furious and attacks his stomach. He growls and bites at it. He's had to wear a soft cone since August now! The vet is truly dedicated to Taco. We've tried a wide wide array of medicines, changed diets several times, (if it was a food allergy), he went to a specialist a cat dermatologist. The vet has prescribed medicines to Taco since Spring/ early Summer to now. I'm terrified that he has been on WAY TOO MANY MEDICATIONS at this point. and in such a short amount of time (over 9 months) to have been on SO MANY PRESCRIBED (STRONG) MEDICATIONS. The vet is terrific and has not given up on Taco but Im please !! wondering has anyone else had a case similar to this? Not only is Taco in extreme discomfort, he hates wearing the cone, his quality of life is diminished because although a soft pliable cloth cone, it's still a cone and he has a hard time playing. He can't see a ball when I throw it and he'll run to chase it but it's sad to see him not be able to play and run like he used to (without the cone!) It is maddening and mental torture to see him in such anguish. I can't imagine what he is feeling. When he tried to lick groom the areas of his body that are upsetting him he looks very angry and frustrated. With the vet, we went from thinking it could be fleas, a food allergy, to now his severe constipation is causing the over grooming. Thanksgiving 2016 Taco had fleas. I gave him flea baths and it seemed as if he was flea free. I didn't realize I was meant to treat my apartment every few months and have Taco have Bravecto every 3 months. So the vet thought summer flea eggs were hatching. Since over the 9 months now, Taco has been prescribed, (0ut of order) the list; Temeril P (the only thing to stop the overgrooming for several days but his blood glucose was near 450 so I asked the vet to take him off it right away, (she did), he was prescribed gabapenten for pain (didn't take his over grooming itchiness away), cyclsporine, (none of this worked), for a potential food allergy he was on hydrolized wet food, this gave him diarreah, potential allergy to Prozinc, he was put on Lantus (didn't work), 7 milligrams of Zyrtec, apoquel for licking over grooming, also Prednisone for this, amatriptalyne 10 mg (for potential nervous mental anxiety) he's been on Cosequin and Zobaline for shaky front legs (this did work) (he did has swaying back hind legs neuropathy when first diagnosed diabetic, over 2 years ago, hind legs recovered soon after diagnosed as diabetic and insulin treatment), metronizadole (i think for ear infection, i forget), bravecto for flea prevention, Keto HX to wash, sterilize the scratches from biting/strenuous over licking he'd made on his stomach initially in the beginning last spring / beginning of summer. Muricin ointment for afore mentioned. Now he is starting to lick his soft cone. He does this in a motion to lick the areas of his body he can't reach. He only started doing this about a few weeks ago. The vet reccomended baby clothes so he could have a break from the cone. I bought a baby sweat shirt and a baby top and bottoms but he crawled out of the tops (he also hated them) and the pants I realized didn't have the holes needed for a cat's tail, and to be able to defecate and urinate. Does anyone please know of special clothing made for cats. For cats recovering from surgeries who would need soft covering clothing to keep cats from licking at their sutures from surgery, etc? I had ordered a brand (I forget the name of the company) but the top and bottom were so small I couldn't get two arms in the top. Also, Taco my cat is a large cat. He's not a coon cat but he's a large tabby. He weighs 16 lbs and the vet says this is a good weight for him. He's not overweight. Please please help! I desperately want to give him a break from the horrible cone. During this time that we have another vet appointment next week. Vet thinks it's his chronic severe constipation that is causing the over grooming to be a secondary response to his very uncomfortable constipation. He's on Lactulose and Cisapride for the constipation. .He had a much much needed enema about a month ago at the vet's office. Pumpkin used to work for his constipation. But this year pumpkin, Miralax, Metmucil none of it works for him. Also footnote: I've given Taco ear prick blood glucose curves since this over grooming, biting started. He became regulated on his insulin just recently, I believe within the last 4 months. His insulin was increased from 2 units to 4 units. Now he urinates so much less. I was alarmed that he was urinating so much even on insulin. The vet thinks that is the sign that his diabetes is regulated. He has a vet appointment next week for Senior blood work. Taco was a stray kitten but I think he's around 10 years old now. I'm extremely concerned that he might have a cancer, a tumor, or some lower stomach disease, illness that is causing him such extreme discomfort at the exact area in his lower tummy it's the exact spot where his over grooming turns to real growling and extreme biting. Please advise from your experiences, would you suggest I have Taco have stomach x-rays or ultrasound? I'm so afraid of it being cancer a tumor and not finding out until it's too late to treat him. and also he is in such discomfort too often while he's awake. He's peaceful when he sleeps but waking hours he is most often licking at his cone now trying to reach areas on his body that upset him. It's so often Im afraid he'll start getting cloth, even cloth lint off his soft cone stuck on his textured cat tongue. Thank you so much!!!!