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posted 02-09-2003 06:30 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I have a five year old cat who is pulling out tufts of fur. I assumed it was by play-fighting with her sister but am seeing it on a daily basis all over the house (they don't play all that much).... She is an indoor cat and there is no fleas in the house (I know, as I am allergic to fleas), nthing has changed in her situation so she isn't under any stress, she is eating normally and even playing more than usual by herself. Her sister is situation normal as well. Does anyone have a clue why she is doing this?

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posted 02-10-2003 02:22 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I have a 7 year old cat that has been chewing her fur off since last summer. I have taken her to the vet 3 times -- she had a cortizone shot once and the fur grew back for several weeks and then she started again. I don't know what to do either -- the vet feels she is alergic to fleas, but she has none. She is an outdoor & indoor cat and has been treated for all kinds of parasites. I wish I could help but I do know how you feel.

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posted 07-17-2003 08:53 PM           Edit/Delete Message
If allergies have been ruled out, then she may still need some kind of psychotropic drug to stop the behavior.

BUT - First I would try a couple of holistic things that may help without resorting to drugs. I would put Missy on a raw food diet.

This is relatively easy to do nowadays because it is sold prepackaged. Wysong makes one and Steve's is another brand. You can do some research on raw diets on the internet. The raw food diet can have multiple beneficial effects for a cat with this behavior. You need to phase it in and then feed it for several weeks to see results.
Something else that can be tried at the same time or after a few weeks on the diet is acupuncture. See if there is a certified verterinary acupuncturist in your area.

If you try these things and the kitty is still pulling the hair out, you might try a lesser drug than Prozac. Chlorpheniramine is a mild sedative and anti-histamine, so that would be the first one to try.

Amitriptylline aka Elavil would be the next notch up. I have a couple of cats on that and it just takes the edge off things for them. Both of those drugs are very inexpensive.

Then you get into the big guns like Prozac, Buspar and Paxil. Even though she did not do well on Prozac she may be okay on the other two. They all have a different mode of action.

I really believe in trying the natural route first, see if the body can heal itself.

Also make sure that you give her lots of attention - especially when she is not tearing at her fur. You don't want to reinforce that behavior by making a fuss over her when she is doing that.

I hope this will help. I am sure it is very distressful to have a cat that is literally pulling her fur out.

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posted 07-18-2003 08:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemypets     Edit/Delete Message
When we went on vacation a few yrs ago we left our cats at home, and our family came to watch them. Well one of our famly members was telling us about Oliver and his problem. When we came home we saw that he pulled hunks of his fur out! We were guessing that he was stressed that we were gone and this is why he did it. Is your cat stressed do u think?

R.I.P. Oliver...He was hit by a cat may 23 2003...

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