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Cat chews hair off his tail

Post by Kelly L K Colli » Sat, 15 Jun 1996 04:00:00



I came home yesterday to find that my orange tabby, Sallah, had pulled
all of the hair out of a 6" x 1" area on his tail.  The vet says it's
either an allergic reaction or a behavior problem.  He gave Sallah a shot
of an antiinflammatory and told me to watch for further disturbances.  

Sallah's never done anything remotely like this before.  Anyone else have
any experience like this?

Kelly

 
 
 

Cat chews hair off his tail

Post by ann winsp » Sun, 16 Jun 1996 04:00:00



Quote:

>I came home yesterday to find that my orange tabby, Sallah, had pulled
>all of the hair out of a 6" x 1" area on his tail.  The vet says it's
>either an allergic reaction or a behavior problem.  He gave Sallah a shot
>of an antiinflammatory and told me to watch for further disturbances.  

>Sallah's never done anything remotely like this before.  Anyone else have
>any experience like this?

>Kelly

When one of my cats started doing this, the vet diagnosed a flea
allergy - even one bite can start him***ing his fur till it breaks
off. I used to spray the cats once a month, and the furniture and
carpets every 6 months - I now spray the cats every week (recommended
by the vet) and the problem seems to have cleared up.
Hope this helps,

---ann---

 
 
 

Cat chews hair off his tail

Post by Herm » Mon, 24 Jun 1996 04:00:00



Quote:
> I came home yesterday to find that my orange tabby, Sallah, had pulled
> all of the hair out of a 6" x 1" area on his tail.  The vet says it's
> either an allergic reaction or a behavior problem.  He gave Sallah a
shot
> of an antiinflammatory and told me to watch for further disturbances.  

> Sallah's never done anything remotely like this before.  Anyone else
have
> any experience like this?

> Kelly

My brown tabby, Vincent (neutered male, 8 years old) also started***ing
and chewing the fur off his tummy and tail. He also sneezes a lot. The vet
told me that it's a seasonal allergy, like hayfever in people. He gave
Vincent a cortizone shot, and suggested that I give him
fish liver oil supplements to reduce the itching.
The sneezing has stopped, but the fur hasn't grown back yet. The vet says
"hayfever" is not serious, it will go away when the season changes. He
says a food allergy will show up as bare patches on the head, not on the
body.

I have also heard of hormone imbalances in female spayed cats which can
cause them to lose hair.

herma

 
 
 

Cat chews hair off his tail

Post by Pat » Tue, 25 Jun 1996 04:00:00


Quote:



> > I came home yesterday to find that my orange tabby, Sallah, had pulled
> > all of the hair out of a 6" x 1" area on his tail.  The vet says it's
> > either an allergic reaction or a behavior problem.  He gave Sallah a
> shot
> > of an antiinflammatory and told me to watch for further disturbances.

> > Sallah's never done anything remotely like this before.  Anyone else
> have
> > any experience like this?

> > Kelly

> My brown tabby, Vincent (neutered male, 8 years old) also started***ing
> and chewing the fur off his tummy and tail. He also sneezes a lot. The vet
> told me that it's a seasonal allergy, like hayfever in people. He gave
> Vincent a cortizone shot, and suggested that I give him
> fish liver oil supplements to reduce the itching.
> The sneezing has stopped, but the fur hasn't grown back yet. The vet says
> "hayfever" is not serious, it will go away when the season changes. He
> says a food allergy will show up as bare patches on the head, not on the
> body.

> I have also heard of hormone imbalances in female spayed cats which can
> cause them to lose hair.

> herma

My youngest, Baby, started showing similar symptoms last June. Our vet
treated her with cortisone, but this did not help much, and she
didn't want to continue a steroid indefinitely, because of eventual side
effects.  Skin biopsy showed no systemic infection, so some kind of
allergy seemed to be the culprit.  After the usual process of
elimination, we decided that a food allergy might be it, so switched
her to a diet of IAMS lamb and rice (both dry and canned), and a daily
dose of pediatric-strength dipenhydramine elixir (antihistamine to ease
itching).

She improved considerably since last fall, but now the problem has
recurred so severely that she's completely de***d of hair on nearly all
her tail and most of her flanks. Because it's June again, just almost
exactly a year after the first symptoms surfaced, I suspect that there
must be something seasonal about this, but don't have any further
clues, since Baby is an indoor cat.  Our vet has suggested that I bring
her in for a longer-acting anti-allergy shot, so we'll try this next week
(I've been busy caring for my terminally ill Audrey, who went to the
Rainbow Bridge on Friday, and my Amy, who had lung surgery the week
before).

Pat Reskey

 
 
 

Cat chews hair off his tail

Post by Amy Bierman » Sat, 29 Jun 1996 04:00:00


My family's cat, Paka, started with a fur***ing problem one year
when my mother shaved both her and our d*g after dealing with a flea
problem for way too long.  Paka has thick long hair, and we could
never get the flea shampoo deep enough.  The d*g, Sam, also
had dense curly hair.  I thought my mom went a little nuts when
she tried vacuuming the animals, but she really went off the
deep end with the clippers.  (Since my mom was the *** animal,
both of them put up with it in a sort of resigned way).

Needless to say, the fur didn't want to come back.  It grew in
part way, but then she started***ing it off of her tail.  Later
she***ed it off of her forearms, then her hindquarters, then
everywhere she could reach.  The only place she had real fur
was around her head and shoulders.  Everywhere else was covered
with light beige underfur.  Since she was a really beautiful
cat before, she looked awfully weird.

Together with our vet, we tried all sorts of things to get her
to stop***ing.  We changed her dishes, her food, sequestered
her from Sam, and after Sam passed away, the new d*g.  We tried
a variety of different medications, but she still***ed.  Finally,
the vet reluctantly gave her steroids.  This helped for a couple
of months, but when the shot finally wore off, she was back to
the***ing thing, and the fur had not quite grown back yet.  

Just last year, my parents decided to give her regular shots
of steroids, since she stopped***ing during those times.  We
figured that the growing back fur must be itching her, and that
the steroids dampened the irritation.  Also, perhaps after***ing for
years she just developed a habit.

I went home in December, and I couldn't believe she was the same cat.
It's been about 7 years that she was without fur, and now she looks
normal again.  I had forgotten how really beautiful she was.  My
friends noticed too, they thought we got a new cat.  Maybe she is.

Now that her coat is fully developed once again, my parents have
discontinued the steroids.  They are keeping a close eye on her
to make sure she doesn't start with the***ing again.  She's
much happier now too.  She's become demandingly affectionate
now that she has all her fur, and she purrs all the time, something
she never did, even before she was shaved.  

She's about 12 now, and I'm so glad she's whole again.

amy!

 
 
 

Cat chews hair off his tail

Post by Kate Albe » Tue, 02 Jul 1996 04:00:00



It has been many years ago, but we had a male cat that was chewing the
hair off his tail.  The vet put him on female hormones saying they
didn't know why it worked but sometimes it seemed to.  My cat loved the
pills! He would just eat them.  And he stopped chewing. (He also
changed his personality slightly).  When he went off the hormoned a
couple of weeks later he never chewed again.