Post # 1
So about a month ago I took my cat to the vet because he developed a bald spot at the tip of his tail, about 2″ along the underside of the tip of his tail. The vet checked him out and said there’s nothing medically wrong with him, and that he most likely got it caught in something and it would just grow back, or that it could be excessive grooming. Well it did grow back, but now he has another one about 3″ long in the same spot. Does anyone have any experience with this?
When we see him licking his tail we tell him to stop and he does, but he’s still doing it when we go to bed.
I read online that it could be stress or boredom so we’ve been making sure to give him extra snuggles and play time, but I don’t know if there’s anything else I should be doing!
^^Gratuitous cat picture.
Post # 3
My friend’s cat would lick a bald spot on his tummy… turned out he was having anxiety. The vet suggested a pheremone plug-in and gave him “kitty prozac” and now he’s fine 🙂
Post # 4
Is your cat and indoor only cat?
My cat does this, only he “shaves” his entire belly! It looks hysterical!
The vet said it’s excessive/obcessive grooming. He’s inside all day and just bored :/ He has tons of toys and things to keep him busy but we constantly have to stop him from licking himself. He also attacks his tail. My poor boy has issues but hes adorable!
Post # 5
One of my cats does this too. His belly is bald, and now he’s given himself bald patches on his legs. Sigh. I’ve given him a naturopathic anti-anxiety (for cats specifically) drops that go on his food, no luck. My vet doesn’t seem worried about it unless he licks to the point of giving himself sores which he’s done once or twice, but he hasn’t done that in a while. When he did that, he got the cone of shame and some steriod or anti-biotic cream if I’m remembering correctly.
It seems to be anxiety related and/or negative attention seeking. He knows if we seem him licking his belly we’ll stop what we’re doing to tell him “No bellies!” He’s just bald now, but no open sores or anything else, so it is what it is. It adds to his character I guess?! LOL!
Post # 6
Leave it to me to pick the neurotic cat, huh? 😛
I’ll have to look into the pheremone plug in and if he doesn’t get any better ask the vet about kitty drugs.