Felines: frustrated and furless

By Connie Orcutt • Published: November 1st, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves

Frustrated felines can exhibit stress through a number of odd behaviors. One is a kind of compulsive grooming called psychogenic [sī-cō-JEN-ic] alopecia [al-ō-PĒ-sha].

Affected cats lick or pull out their fur. If your feline is fur challenged, start with a veterinary visit. Results of the examination, diagnostic testing or food or medication trials will help rule out medical causes.

Therapy for psychogenic alopecia starts by resolving your kitty’s environmental and social concerns. Your veterinarian might decide your cat could benefit from nerve-calming medication. Don’t focus on your cat when he overgrooms, but introduce fun when he stops. Schedule more play time with him and spice up his toy selection. Stimulate him with climbing areas, cat videos or play time with boxes and paper bags.

Attending to your cat’s quirks can lighten his load and save his fur!