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Why is my cat pulling out her fur?

I just saw her pulling her fur out on her back by her tail. She already has a bald spot there.


Asked by Lobelia at 6:02 PM on Jan. 27, 2011 in Pets

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  • My cat started doing that on her belly over a year ago. She had an allergic reaction and was itchy, so she started washing there. When the fur thinned she discovered her nipples and thought they needed to go. So now she licks at them until they go away- I don't think she thinks they should be there. Every time I catch her I stop her, but she is still bald there because she does it when we aren't around.

    Cats can have OCD too. It's a neurotic habit. You could take her to the vet as the others said to rule out parasites, fleas or allergies. But I wouldn't recommend putting your cat on any Psych drugs for it.

    Answer by meandrphoto at 10:38 AM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • Stress, Hot Spots, parasites. are all possibilities. I don't try to treat those things at home. I get to a vet to be sure whatever I put on it will hurt not make it worse.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 6:04 PM on Jan. 27, 2011

  • grr.. * NOT hurt or make it worse.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 6:05 PM on Jan. 27, 2011

  • It is either stress or fleas

    Answer by KyliesMom5 at 7:32 PM on Jan. 27, 2011

  • Could also be discomfort from full anal glands or a response to arthritis pain (is kitty jumping less these days?).

    Answer by JZ10FPM at 11:08 PM on Jan. 27, 2011

  • Stress,Thyroid issues,allergy,boredom there is many reasons sorry for not being more help,G/L with your cat. :)

    Answer by liss05 at 11:08 PM on Jan. 27, 2011

  • What do you feed her? If it is a lower quality brand that has corn, wheat, soy, byproducts, etc, she could be having an allergic reaction to her food. Cats are obligate (sp??) carnivores which means that they absolutely MUST have meat in their diets (meat/animal BYPRODUCTS don't should be a named meat source such as chicken/meal, beef/meal, fish/meal, etc) and they canNOT digest grains! If you are already feeding a high quality diet, it could be environmental allergies, stress, fleas.

    Answer by CollinBayleeMom at 3:01 PM on Jan. 28, 2011

  • stress or skin allergies.

    Answer by Baby4us09 at 4:55 PM on Feb. 8, 2011

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