Could there be a new cat in the neighborhood that is invading his territory? My cat started doing this (the vet called it "anxiety overgooming") when my brother, his wife, and their cat stayed overnight with me while moving across country. We kept the cats from seeing each other, but the vet said he must have smelled Clarice in the room after they left. After some vacuuming, cleaning, and a few sprays of Feliway, he calmed down and stopped doing it.
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Fitness Minutes: (203,798) Posts: 7,958 8/6/11 6:53 P
Thanks for all the replies...no big changes, just getting cooler, so he chooses to spend less time outside (especially this past week...temps of 20F as highs) it's been fairly stable otherwise; might be something in the outdoors I'm not aware of.
This is a common anxiety reaction. Has anything changed in your kitty's life lately?
I recently adopted a kitty that was given up by the previous owner who couldn't spend enough time with her. She demonstrated the same behaviours...pulling out the fur from her belly and inner thighs. Since she has lived with me, while there is stress of dealing with my other kitties, she clearly doesn't have the separation anxiety problems she had previously, as her fur is slowly growing back.
Check with your Vet to ensure there is no type of dermatitis though...always good to get the professional's opinion...and perhaps he or she will be able to assist with some anxiety assuaging treatments or therapies for your kitty!
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Fitness Minutes: (74,005) Posts: 1,546 12/13/10 3:08 P
My cat did that before, right after his sister passed away. He was stressed and unhappy at losing his sibling, so he was pulling out his fur. He almost had to go on kitty anti-depressents, but buying him some new things to play with/sleep on gave him new things to focus his attention on, and he got over it without having to resort to meds.
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Fitness Minutes: (6,184) Posts: 292 12/13/10 1:17 P
My Sam has a baldish spot, very short fur, from his lowest nipples to anal area, on his lower belly, as if he had been pulling hair out, since this summer. He is an indoor-outdoor cat, so I thought it might be fastidious cleaning to prevent pests-fleas, ticks-even though we use Frontline, as needed, once I detect pests on him (he hates the Frontline). The baldish spot had seemed to be growing back, but now it's shorn shorter again; maybe he's bored? It thought he would let it grow longer once it was colder when he was going outside, but it got so cold so fast that he doesn't linger much.
I've known a couple of friends' cats who had this, both eventually pulling out all the hair on their bellies, and I always thought it was a nervous condition.
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