I have a cat whose been pulling his fur out since February. In February, he had most of his teeth pulled (three incisors and one molar left), so at first I thought it was because of that, since he's never pulled out his fur before (and actually I still do).
He's been pulling out his fur since. I posted a question here, about why he might be doing this. The only answer suggested that he was 'mowing' due to stress or parasites. There are a few problems with this:
- I have three cats total, all indoor only. This is the only one that is mowing. Because of this, I doubt it is parasites.
- While it is certainly possible the cat had stress right after the dental procedure, it has now been nearly six months. He acts perfectly normal. I can't really see this as being a result of stress.
- My cat is cleaning normally. He doesn't clean more frequently than he used to, or more thoroughly (another reason I doubt it is stress/parasite related).
The only thing my cat is doing differently is in the way he cleans. All cats (that I've ever known, anyway) 'chew' a bit when they clean. They'll lick, pause and seem to chew at the skin for a second, and then go back to licking. This is perfectly normal. My cat now licks, then chews, then grabs a hunk of fur and pulls it out, then routinely goes back to licking. There is nothing sudden about it; he does this as if it is the normal cleaning procedure.
How can I stop my cat from pulling his fur out?
- We bought a collar and had the cat where that for a few months (2-3). The only thing it did was maybe lessen the intensity of the mowing for about two weeks after taking it off. My cat is now back to his normal mowing.
- My cat is a short-hair red tabby, and relatively old (12 or 13).
- There was no diet change that could have caused this problem. We tried some new foods after the problem occurred, but we are now back to using the same food we always have.
- My cat is on a medication for what I believe is called a 'hyper thyroid' condition, but he had been on it several months before the dental procedure, and was perfectly normal. And no, it's not a pill, it's chewable.
- My cat pulls fur out all over his body, but it is most concentrated on his arms, and more recently, on his legs.
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