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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-18-2005, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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Pulling fur out

My six year old cat has been pulling her fur out on her sides. She started this behavior in the animal shelter and I have never been able to get her to stop. She doesn't have any health problem causing this but she now has a rather large bare patch on her side. Is there anything I can do to help her?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-18-2005, 02:00 PM
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Boredom is a common behavioral reason for cats to overgroom themselves. You might try increasing interactive play time and vary the toys you use from day to day.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-18-2005, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well the problem with that is she will hide under the bed all day. She's done this since the day I brought her home from the shelter. She will not come out no matter how much I try to talk her out. She will come out in the evening usually around 7pm and I spend a great deal petting her and giving her scritches. I try to get her to play but she just has no interest.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-18-2005, 02:14 PM
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She started doing it at the shelter?

Maybe she's stressed. You might want to try Feliway Comfort Zone plug ins or Spirit Essences.

Play would also help. If you can't get her interested in the toys you have, try different ones. Da Bird or a lazer light are usually big hits.

Also, you may want to make a place for her to hide in the main rooms, like a cat tent or condo (those ones that are like a cylinder with an opening). That's harder to do I have one that likes to hide and it's hard to find the right kind of hiding hole, no matter what I provide she prefers under the bed.

Also, you may want to have her checked out. Cats hide when they are in pain, even if they don't appear to be (as I was oh so recently reminded by my Kitty. Where hiding = ear infection).
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How long have you had her for?
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-20-2005, 11:28 PM
 
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I tried the spirit essences for Zoee when she was over grooming. Her fur has started growing back now so so far so good.



http://www.spiritessence.com/?action=ca ... tegory=fec

I used the obsession remedy.
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