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Some cats are more fastidious than others, but obsessive grooming als a problem. Nellie, a seven-year-old female spayed tortoiseshell, rolled over on her back and revealed a bald belly. That's when her owner suddenly noticed she had a cat that licked too much. Licking comes naturally to cats, but sometimes this normal grooming urge crosses the line into obsessive behavior. If your cat's licking seems excessive in frequency or duration, don't ignore the problem. Here's what you can do if you suspect your cat's habitual grooming behavior isn't so normal anymore.

Cats will lick when an area of their body is itchy or painful, says William Miller, Jr. If pain is the issue, the licking is focused on the painful area, like in cases of disc disease or anal sac impaction. With itchy diseases, however, the licking is more widespread. Miller says. For example, compulsive licking at the tail head may indicate a flea infestation , while cats with pollen or food allergies may lick their backs, abdomens or other areas of the body.

Licking that causes excessive s of hairballs or hair loss is abnormal, Dr. Miller notes. If the cat gets more passionate about licking and abrades the skin surface [with its rough tongue], infection can occur. Infection will intensify the licking and a vicious cycle will be set up, resulting in a serious infection," he explains. The solution to "fur mowing" is to identify the underlying cause and correct it. Cats like consistency and predictability, and change can be stressful, Dr. Perry says. A recent move, the addition or loss of another pet in the home, or even a change of schedule can cause anxiety in cats.

Licking - which in such cases is considered a "displacement behavior" - may calm and comfort a cat, but it can sometimes become habitual if the source of the problem is not properly identified and addressed. If possible, she recommends making changes or introductions gradually; bringing familiar items such as bedding to a new home; adding cat-friendly vertical space - high places where cats can retreat and feel safe; and keeping their environment stimulating by finding a few minutes ten to 15 minutes daily will do to play with them each day.

Finally, if your cat is seriously stressed, a form of temporary anti-anxiety drug therapy prescribed by your veterinarian may be warranted, she says. In addition, like people who bite their fingernails, the repetitive act of licking may involve a stress-relieving pleasure component that reinforces the behavior, Dr. Thus, feline licking can become a habit that persists after the cause is identified and resolved. Whether the cause is physiological or psychological, solving an overgrooming problem will require time and patience on the owner's part.

For Nellie, who had recently endured the loss of a companion animal in her home, the solution required consistent attention, affection and routine. It took a few months, but her hair is growing back and her life has returned to normal. When It's Stress-Related "If all medical problems have been ruled out, then we normally treat overgrooming as the result of some form of stress in a cat's life," Dr.

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