Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Since the hair pulling all started after Lumen arrived, it most likely is a stress reaction to tring to adjust, live and deal with another cat when he didn't before. I would start separating them for part of the day and letting them come together for meal and interactive play with you (with fishing pole type toy like "Da Bird"). If you work outside the home, this would be an ideal time to keep them separate in different rooms. As far as grooming is concerned, I suggest you use a comb, and groom him as I described on the thread under Bahavior..."oh no, not THE BRUSH!". It's been my experience that most cats prefer to be groomed by a comb rather than a brush which can be too prickly feeling and actually irritate the cat. As far as his self-grooming is concerned, if he's too fat to reach his back, butt and legs this could also be upsetting him.
Whatever you're feeding him (and hope it's a good quality no-grain canned food=no corn, rice, wheat, barley or soy) , feed him a little less than he's getting now. Dry kibble can pack on the weight, especially if he's allowed to free-feed throughout the day, and it's best to feed cats on a schedule 2x/day, say morning and evening. You don't want him to lose weight too quickly, but just reduce his food a little every day until he reaches his ideal weight (you should see a waist indentation when viewed overhead with him standing, and just be able to feel his ribs under a thin layer of fat). The weight loss will take several months. You're not doing any favors to him (or yourself) by overfeeding him, which can lead to health problems like diabetes and $$$ vet bills. Hope you can get Mr. T calmed down so that he's stop his hair pulling, and slimmed down so that he can groom his backside. Let us know how it goes. Updates are good.