Excessive Grooming

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Excessive Grooming

Post by Dan Harriso » Sun, 14 Dec 1997 04:00:00



Hi all,
My cat grooms until her hair comes off. Her back legs and belly look
like they have been shaved. I've checked her carefully- no fleas, no
sign of ringworm, no redness or irritation at all. She's as active and
playful as ever, good appetite and drinking a normal amount.
The behavior began after my roomate died; she spent many hours each day
sitting on his lap or being petted. I spend as much time with her as I
can but its not nearly the amount she's used to. I spoke to a vet on the
phone and he said it sounded like a psychogenic rather than a physical
problem. Has anyone experienced anything similar?
TIA
Dan

 
 
 

Excessive Grooming

Post by amb » Mon, 15 Dec 1997 04:00:00


One of my cats did the same thing; it was as if a line had been drawn
horizontally around her, and everything below her shoulders was bare.  It
persisted for almost a year.  The vet didn't have a clue, saying it might be
"nerves", or some kind of summer allergy, or whatever.  He gave her
"hormones" which helped a little.  I personally think it was the kitty
litter we were using.  Have you changed the brand fairly recently?  We
switched to TidyCat 3 and haven't had the problem since.  Hope this helps.

--Anita

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Excessive Grooming

Post by Hermita » Mon, 15 Dec 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

> Hi all,
> My cat grooms until her hair comes off. Her back legs and belly look
> like they have been shaved. I've checked her carefully- no fleas, no
> sign of ringworm, no redness or irritation at all. She's as active and
> playful as ever, good appetite and drinking a normal amount.
> The behavior began after my roomate died; she spent many hours each day
> sitting on his lap or being petted. I spend as much time with her as I
> can but its not nearly the amount she's used to. I spoke to a vet on the
> phone and he said it sounded like a psychogenic rather than a physical
> problem. Has anyone experienced anything similar?

Yes.  And in this case, the vet is undoubtedly correct.
Your cat is apparently accustomed to having a full-time
companion.  If you are gone all day and are only home
evenings, please consider getting her a new companion
(either a kitten upwards of 12 weeks old or a compatible
pre-owned cat).
--
Alan
Consciousness, Physics and the Holographic Paradigm:
(subtitle:  BEYOND ZEN: The Footsteps of the Dragon)
http://www.livingston.net/hermital/intro.htm