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Q. My cat licks her fur leaving bald areas(new hair grows back) skin and hair samples were neg.,steroid and antibiotic injections.still with problem

Answered By
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA

A. Cats can suffer from a rare disorder termed psychogenic alopecia whereby they compulsively over groom and pull out or break the 'normal' hair to the point of bald patches. This generally starts as a displacement behavior as a reaction to stress and then there is a feel-good endorphin release from the pain which causes the condition to keep cycling. Anxiety treatments and occasionally prescription medications can help in conjunction with your vet and a behaviorist familiar with cats


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