My kitty cats have trichotillomania

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    It was mildly annoying when they were just making patches where we could see their white skin where black hair should be. We worried about hairballs. But mostly we tried to gently distract them when we caught them. We had hope they'd get past it, like another of our cats who stripped the hair off his tail for about a year but then quit.

    One of our boys now has a raw patch though and I don't know what to do for him. :( It's in an awkward place - hard to cover - and we can't watch him every minute.
     
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    Is he an indoor cat? Put him in an Elizabethan collar till it heals.





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    Yes, he's an indoor cat.

    We'll go hunt for a collar tomorrow.

    Thanks for the idea.
     
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    the soft fabric ones are more comfortable then the stiff plastic ones.
     
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    Wow...free XM radio for the cat.


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    I'm also looking at this one, if it turns out to be appropriate for my boy who is a strapping 18 pounds.

    Bite Not

    But still planning on getting whatever we can at the pet store tomorrow.

    Poor baby.
     
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    That would work too.
     
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    I used one similar to that when my dog had a skin vrus last year. Works good...

    Let us know how the kitty does with it.
    Its tough to see the little guys in pain like that.
     
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    Don't know what to tell ya...

    ... possums don't have hair on their tails...

    ... sorry.
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    I had a cat that did this too. Obscessive grooming brought on by stress is what we were told. Essentially, there has been a disruption in the cat's routine (for us at least) and they react by overgrooming a spot, pulling out fur. Unfortunately, I don't know if this is the same cause for you, and E collars will stop the symptom, but won't touch the root cause, meaning the instant it's off, your poor baby will probably go right back to it.

    It's similar to 'woolsuckers' too. So if something's changed... maybe you can figure out the root cause.
     

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