i have a 3 year old outdoor cat who has recently started losing the fur on her front left paw and leg. she's constantly licking it and making it sore. i bathed it and had a good look but cant see anything other than red sore skin where she licks it. the hair loss starts on her paw and goes all the way up to her 'elbow' any idea what i could put on it to soothe the chapped skin? im keeping her inside at the moment (with her protesting about it but tough!) update 4/01/12 well the redness and weeping has nearly but now its also dry and cracking in places. ive also found a little lump under the skin (see photo between my thumb and finger) im wondering if shes got a grass seed or a splinter in there, and she's constantly licking to try and get it out? (please ignore the red/pink dye on her fur, thats from a salve/cream i put on the skin to sooth it, but she licked most of it straight off!