Overgrooming - stressed cat?!
December 8, 2008 7:45am CST
My Beautiful Kitty Millie has started pulling her fur out!!! She licks herself for AAAAAAGGGGGGEEEEEESSSSSS and then i noticed bald patches on her back and what looked like open wounds. I took her to the vet the next day and they said she didn't have fleas but may have another skin complaint or could just be stressed. Poor little girl. Looking at her sleeping in the sun on the window sill I find it hard to believe that she is stressed!! I don't want her to be unhappy. I have only had her 5 weeks, maybe that is why she is stressed. The vet gave her some antibiotic inections and some cream that i have to put on her daily (which she hates!) Has anyone else had a problem with over grooming? She is eating, drinking and pooping as normal and is very affectionate! she is a bit skitty though and keeps stalking and pouncing on coins and buttons and anything else she can see on the floor! She is so pretty, i love her and want her to be happy!!
8 Dec 08
Rescue cats are notoriously nervous. Understandable, given what they've been through. The best thing you can do is try to make sure the house is safe, warm and friendly for her, give her plenty of love and the time to settle. Keep talking to your vet, too, to make sure nothing serious slips past! Another cat might make her happy, but equally runs the risk of upsetting her even more. Difficult decision, that one.