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Q. My adult indoor cat is chewing his fur down his back and tail. I believe he does this out of anxiety or stress. How can I treat or stop this?

A. Stress in cats can cause overgrooming and can be helped by pheromone treatments, nutritional supplements containing b vitamins and tryptophan and/or calming diets containing casein. Other common causes of itching and overgrooming in that specific area are fleas and flea allergies, I recommend keeping up to date with anti-parasite treatments and treating the house with a household flea spray to eliminate any eggs or larva also. Course of anti-inflammatories from your vet may also be required to break the itch-scratch cycle

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LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA

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