i've had problems with butler scratching his neck and ear. I very seldom see him attempt to scratch when i am at home, he may try to rub his face on the carpet, but not in the past week after switching his food.I've had the vet scrape him and it isn't mites or mange, no infection either. Everytime I leave, if he is home alone, I return to him bleeding from scratching. I would obviously stop him if i caught him scratching, but he just doesn't do it when he has company. Do you think maybe he gets anxious when he's alone? He was abandoned by his last 2 owners so perhaps he gets nervous when we leave him, thinking we won't be back?! i hate to put an e-collar on him when i go, but it beats him tearing himself up. i'm probably overreacting, but he is my baby.