(Closed) Excessive Grooming and Hair Loss

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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5479 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
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277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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!

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