Q. My cat just developed extreme irritability on his butt and sides. He's a 6 year old Maine Coon. It seems like he is in pain. No parasites or fleas.

A. It is possible that a sore or skin problem has started on him that is causing your cat some stress. If the irritation is situated around his back end and anus, constipation or diarrhea can sometimes cause irritation. The anal glands are also located in that area and can become full and irritated.

if he is experiencing changes to the skin or hair on his back and sides, it is possible that an underlying infection such as skin or fungus, or even a metabolic condition are causing the change. Preventing him from licking or chewing at the area can help prevent secondary infections from forming. If the irritation continues or worsens, then scheduling a vet visit can help determine the cause.

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