Whats wrong with my cat?

Malaysia
September 11, 2009 12:36am CST
My cat has been over licking his private part and has causes hair loss at the lower region. I have brought him to the vet and I was told that my cat is stress. Is this normal? What can I do to stop him form over licking / cleaning him self? Please advice.
1 response
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
11 Sep 09
Is the cat using the litter box okay? Or is he urinating in strange places? He could have a UTI (urinary tract infection). What kind of food are you giving him, is it only dry food? Is he provided with plenty of water? If he doesn't have a UTI, he could be reacting to a change in his life. Is there a new cat in the house? Are you away from home more? It might be as simple as giving him a bit more attention. You don't want to stop him from cleaning himself, but I know it is a concern. I lean towards a UTI, because Willy was over cleaning himself, and there was blood in his urine. Another possibility is have you changed his diet? He could have a food allergy, sometimes a new food is too "hot" for them. Not hot in the spice sense, but the ingredients are too strong for his system. Did you change detergent for your laundry? It sounds strange, but if the cat sleeps on the bed or is in contact with your clothing the detergent residue could be irritating him. I will check my cat books and see what they have to say, but I am fairly sure that they state that it is because of a UTI. One more question, is it hot where you are right now? I have had cats that will pull or lick the hair away from their private areas so that they are a bit cooler. It is a trial and error type process of elimination. If the cat is eating okay and drinking plenty of water, then check for allergies...think about if something you normally use has changed, if his life style has changed, etc.
• Malaysia
11 Sep 09
You seem to know a lot about cats! I have brought him to the Vets. Toby doesn't seem to have problems with UTI. He does not urinate blood. Everything here remains the same I have not change his toilet litter, food, drink or anything. He eats and drink normally. Just over licking on the lower region. Like what you have mention i think it might be the heat or weather that causes him to lick. But i think he is doing it too much of licking and has causes to loose his hair. Ever since his hair loss, he has been playing and sleeping with my indoor dogs. He has kinda change his attitude. Thank you for your reply.
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
11 Sep 09
One more question, did he sleep and play with the dogs before his hair loss? And do you use something like frontline on the dogs for fleas? He might be getting an irritation from the flea medication, is the area around his privates red or irritated? Thank you so much for the BR! They really make my day when I earn one...