How to Stop Stress Induced Over-Grooming in Cats - The Spruce
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Grooming is a natural behavior for cats. Cats spend 5%-25% of their waking hours grooming. Grooming becomes excessive when it takes precedence over other activities or no longer seems functional. Excessive grooming, which can lead to hair loss, skin wounds, and ulceration, can result from chronic stress or develop in cats who already exhibit nervous temperaments. Even when the source of stress is resolved or removed, excessive grooming may continue. There may be some genetic basis for the behavior, and it predominantly affects purebred cats of oriental breeds, but can develop in any feline. Female cats appear more susceptible. suspected of causing over grooming include flea allergy, boredom, food allergy, dust or pollen causing an allergic reaction, constipation and/or urinary tract infection caused by avoidance of a dirty litter tray, dermatitis, anxiety caused by inconsistent meal times. Deprivation of sunlight could be the part of the problem for indoors only cats.
Our cat Max Factor, who had been abandoned, was so stressed that he compulsively over-groomed and with so much hair missing he looked pathetic. In Max's case a good home and lots of love cured this behavior and his black, shiny fur returned. keep hair loss to a minimum...or in some cases like our Max...once the stress cause was gone, so was the behavior. Most felines spend time grooming and it’s a favorite pastime ….following eating and sleeping. A cat devotes a lot of care to its coat by licking each patch of fur and repeatedly rubbing its forepaw over its face and also nibbling out knots between the paw pads. everywhere else...the tail, tummy ,limbs etc. will have hair loss. While stress may be a factor it's important to first exclude more common ailments, such as allergies, before turning to behavior modification. While the signs of over-grooming may be the same, the causes may be different.Shelters can be very stressful places for cats, leaving them prone to like weight loss, over-grooming, self-trauma, aggression, withdrawal, bladder problems and . and lick and chew their fur until only stubble remains. Excessive grooming and cat hair loss (also known as alopecia) can be caused by a number of things and one of them is mental distress. Stress related grooming (Psychogenic Alopecia,) may, in some cases, be controlled with the help of anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication prescribed by a veterinarian.In this instance the way to stop your cat's excessive grooming is to identify and, if possible, illuminate the cause of your cat's stress, insecurity or anxiety. This is not always easy. 9. Be careful. If the cat is sensitive of certain areas being touched, such as paws, start with the areas the cat is comfortable with and clean those, such as only cleaning the back and sides of the cat. Then, gradually accustom the cat to having the sensitive areas touched by using a hand without a grooming product to begin with.